THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT

submit here!   THE RULES:
1. when you feel like you want to cut, take a marker or pen and draw a butterfly wherever the self-harm occurs.
2. name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better.
3. NO scrubbing the butterfly off.
4. if you cut before the butterfly is gone, it dies. if you don't cut, it lives.
5. another person may draw them on you. these butterflies are extra special. take good care of them.
6. even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyways, to show your support.

this is an anoymously-run blog for you. i want to hear your stories. i want to see pictures of your butterflies. please don't be ashamed to share anything. we are all human, and i'm only here to serve.

all the posts on this blog are submissions from followers who have enough courage to share their lives and their stories with you. i ask that this remain a judgement-free zone. thank you all very much. stay strong.

with hope, momma butterfly })i({
My story

My story is not about me it is about my sister but also it is from my point of view and how i handled  with it ,

So about a year ago maybe two years ago my sister got really down and she did not want anything to do with anyone or anything, at the time i knew nothing about her harming herself as my parents never told me but i knew something was up with my sister because she was not her self as being a little sister it is hard to understand but was not until my dad sat me down and told me that she was  hurting herself, I nearly cried as i did not want my sister this way, also i did not  want to go near her as i was scared. So i went online and searched something to stop self harm that’s when i came across the butterfly project  i red the rules and i thought it was amazing and it does work.

So when i picked up the courage to go near my sister and told her about it she held out her arm for me and i was shocked to see little thin scratches across her arm but i got a pen and drew a butterfly on her arm about a week later she had a family of butterfly’s on her arm with my name under the biggest one i was touched as now she had been clean for a long time thanks to the butterfly project also that it has helped two of my friends and i managed to talk one out of doing it by telling him about this project. 

the story is a bit longer but i wanted to get to the point and thank you for being here as it has helped many people and even me so thank you  :) 

Slice-free for over a year, but I’d lie if I said I didn’t get the urge from time to time. Celebrating the birthday (tomorrow) of a great songwriter, I thought it appropriate to name this little beauty Hannah; after the part of me I often wanted to Kill. She’s still here, more beautiful than ever, and I hope she stays.

Slice-free for over a year, but I’d lie if I said I didn’t get the urge from time to time. Celebrating the birthday (tomorrow) of a great songwriter, I thought it appropriate to name this little beauty Hannah; after the part of me I often wanted to Kill. She’s still here, more beautiful than ever, and I hope she stays.

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Dedicated to all fellow self-harmers fighting the war I fight every day Stay Strong!

Every cut
Every burn
Each scar
A battle lost with myself
But not the war
Im still fighting

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So I thought I’d share a little part of my story. The picture above shows the tattoo I got a couple of weeks ago in honor of the butterfly project. When first hearing about it I never thought it would help me to stop cutting but after a few months of drawing butterflies on my arm I finally managed to stop, after 4 years. I just want you all to know that you can do it! And I want you all to have the hope, courage and strength to be able to one day stop self harming. I have not been self harming for 8 months now and I want you all to know that even though it’s hard it is possible. Please don’t give up and if you ever need someone to talk too, don’t hesitate to talk too me :)
Lots of love and hugs to all of you <3

So I thought I’d share a little part of my story. The picture above shows the tattoo I got a couple of weeks ago in honor of the butterfly project. When first hearing about it I never thought it would help me to stop cutting but after a few months of drawing butterflies on my arm I finally managed to stop, after 4 years. I just want you all to know that you can do it! And I want you all to have the hope, courage and strength to be able to one day stop self harming. I have not been self harming for 8 months now and I want you all to know that even though it’s hard it is possible. Please don’t give up and if you ever need someone to talk too, don’t hesitate to talk too me :)

Lots of love and hugs to all of you <3

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I’ve always been bullied and had a hard life. My parents fight a lot and I’ve seen my dad taken away to jail twice. I started cutting about a year ago. I was a few months clean and my mum and dad got in a big fight. It was my fault. And I’m not being delusional. My dad threatened to pinch my mom because of me. My step-brother mentally abuses me. He has called me a hippo and told me I eat like a cow and a few days ago, he was acting like he was being nice to me for once, but went behind my back and started talking shit about how much I eat to one of my best friends. It got too much and I cut and burned. But I found this and realized how many people want to help me even if they don’t know who I am. So, I’m going to try and stop.

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Hello, I have cut since i was fourteen and i’m now sixteen. I do it because i don’t know how else to deal with stuff at home. But one day my mum saw my stomach and was so shocked and hurt I knew I had to stop. That was a month ago, and so far I’m still going. I know it may not seem a lot but for me its a long time and the butterfly project has helped but instead of drawing them i get fake tattoos of butterflies, which cover my scars better and I’m inspired for the future. I know its hard for you to stop, and I know its addictive, but just remember it is possible if you believe in yourself.

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I recently got a tattoo over my scars and the ribbon is for self injury awareness. The quote reminds me that there are no shortcuts to getting better and that the only way to recover is to push through all of the bad times. I&#8217;m really happy with it and it&#8217;s keeping me from self harming.

I recently got a tattoo over my scars and the ribbon is for self injury awareness. The quote reminds me that there are no shortcuts to getting better and that the only way to recover is to push through all of the bad times. I’m really happy with it and it’s keeping me from self harming.

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I got this two weeks after I turned 18. A permanent butterfly to remember to stay strong. I&#8217;m now 8 months clean and going strong. 

I got this two weeks after I turned 18. A permanent butterfly to remember to stay strong. I’m now 8 months clean and going strong. 

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April 4th, 2013 - 2014.

On April 4th last year, I made 9 cuts on my left wrist. I remember that it wasn’t my last time but I wrote about it in my diary that day so I guess it was pretty important. Today, one year later I decided that instead of another 9 cuts, I would draw 9 butterflies on that same spot I made those 9 cuts a year ago.
I’m happy now. I changed. I met wonderful people. And the most important thing here, I survived. You will too. <3

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I’m Mariah ….. I recently turned 14. I have been very depressed for a while. My family thinks I’m happy . I don’t have many friends . And I am very shy. Most people don’t like me ( idk why ) . And i hate how I look. And cutting helps me feel less like crap. I haven’t been doing it for long. Only about 6 days :/The last time I did it was April 5th 2014. I wanna stop …. but at the same time I don’t. Imma try though. The butterfly project is Amazing !!!!! :)

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