Hi everyone, Just for checking, this might sound really stupid and if it does I'm sorry. But I would like to know everyone thinks self injury really is either a form of mental illness or a lack of self confidence. I read the sticky thread about coming out, and it's great. It's helped me a lot and had me realise what I had done wrong with the first person I told. Anyway I don't really agree on this one thing. My self confidence if fine. I don't dislike myself at all. Well, not more than any other would on the occasion you know? And I sincerely believe my mental health is fine! I'm just saying, in my opinion self injury could also be a form of refuge. Really just a temporary escape. Maybe people need to realise for themselves that for some people their reasons for eg. cutting lay nowhere but on the surface, rather than deep within. Maybe the reason some people cut really is not about self confidence but simply about the act of cutting. The way you feel when you stop. Maybe their just afraid of trying alternatives to self injury, because the coping method works fine as it is. (whcih could arguably be a lack of confidence, agreed) Anyway, what are peoples apoinions on this? I think you cant really divide self injury into two catagories. This may seem like an over reaction for just one line in a wonderful thread, but I really am simply curious as to what people think. xoxo LC.