Self-Injury Awareness Day
Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is a global event held annually on March 1. Its purpose is to remove the stigma attached to self-injury and to encourage parents, family members, educators, and healthcare professionals to recognize the signs of self-harm.
Inflicting Tissue Damage
Medically, self-injury is defined as intentionally inflicting damage on one's body tissue in ways that are non-suicidal and are not sanctioned by the culture or society. Such acts can include cutting with sharp instruments, burning one's skin, banging limbs on hard surfaces, scratching one's skin, and breaking one's bones.
Self-injury can occur on any part of the body, though the arms, wrists, thighs, and the stomach are the most common areas where people inflict self-harm.
A Young Adult Issue
Self-injury is a disorder that can present itself at any age, though it most commonly occurs during adolescence and young adulthood. Women are thought to be more likely to self-mutilate than men.
Studies have shown that people who may have depression, eating disorders, or a substance-abuse problem are also more vulnerable to self-harm. Sexual, physical, and emotional abuse can also increase the risk of self-mutilation.
While self-harm itself is not a suicidal act, if the underlying cause of self-harm persists, it may lead to suicidal behavior. Because of this, it is essential for family members, friends, educators, and medical professionals to recognize the signs of self-mutilation and help the individual cope with the underlying causes of the self-injury. Experts suggest that those who self-harm require non-judgemental support and treatment.
What Happens on Self-Injury Awareness Day
Self-Injury Awareness Day is not an official holiday, so businesses, schools, and government offices are open. Educators, medical professionals, and policy-makers organize conferences and workshops to focus the public's attention on how to identify the signs of self-injury and outline ways to help those who self-harm. The day also encourages people to open up about their self-harming behavior and to talk about how they coped with it. People supporting the cause wear an orange ribbon.
Self-Injury Awareness Day Observances
|Mon||Mar 1||2010||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Tue||Mar 1||2011||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Thu||Mar 1||2012||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Fri||Mar 1||2013||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Sat||Mar 1||2014||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Sun||Mar 1||2015||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Tue||Mar 1||2016||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Wed||Mar 1||2017||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Thu||Mar 1||2018||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Fri||Mar 1||2019||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
|Sun||Mar 1||2020||Self-Injury Awareness Day||Worldwide observance|
Self-Injury Awareness Day 2016Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Self-Injury Awareness Day 2017Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Name in other languages
|Self-Injury Awareness Day||English|
|Dia de la Concientización sobre la Autolesion||Spanish|
|יום מודעות פגיעה עצמית||Hebrew|
|يوم الوعي بإيذاء النفس||Arabic|
|자기 부상 인식의 날||Korean|
|Verdensdagen mot selvskading||Norwegian|
|Tag der Aufmerksamkeit für Selbstverletzendes Verhalten||German|