i couldn't believe this when i saw it.Anecdotal evidence from people who self-harm suggests that many workers in the medical and health professions don't understand and often react in negative ways. This may include:
* Showing horror or revulsion.
* 'Talking down' to the person, ridiculing them or trying to shame them.
* Resentment that the person is 'wasting' hospital time and resources that could be given to people who are in 'genuine' need.
* The mistaken belief that the person has a form of Munchausen syndrome (the desire to inflict injuries or induce symptoms to get medical attention).
* Deliberately delaying treatment or giving them inadequate treatment, such as little or no pain medication.
* Instructing the person on where to cut their wrist (for example) so that their next 'suicide attempt' will be successful.
i got turned away from a hospital once presenting with suicidal thoughts and self-injury. i thought my treatment was a exceptional scenario, but apparently not.
i had always thought if i was really in trouble the hospital would be the last safe place i could go. a place where nobody would judge me and i could be helped if i was in desperation. it clearly seems this isn't so. i know the medical profession have extremely busy and demanding jobs, but we are people in pain as much as anyone and we deserve to be treated with compassion and understanding, not ridicule and this deliberate abuse.