There is documentation of self-injury dating back to Ancient Greece. In the late 19th century, two doctors documented the “strange medical phenomenon” of women all over Europe using sewing needles to harm themselves. The practice was so prominent that the women were given the name “The Needle Girls.” Famous people, like Jonny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Christina Ricci and Princess Diana have admitted to being self-injurers.
There is no doubt that self-injury existed in our history and exists in our present day. However, the action being taken to make people aware of self-injury is little to none. The books and articles about self-injury generally focus on the most dior cases or are riddled with medical and psychological jargon, ignoring the voices and feelings of the self-injurers and friends of self-injurers around the world.