Phoenix House adopts the Butterfly Project
The Butterfly Project has been created for self-harmers who feel they are ready to stop and need the motivation or support to do so.
The idea is simple. The self-harmer simply draws a butterfly on their place(s) of self-harm and, if the butterfly fades without them self-harming, it means it has lived and flown away, giving them a sense of achievement. Whereas if they do self-harm with the butterfly there; they will have to wash it off. If that does happen, they can start again by drawing a new one on.
The Rules are:
- When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand.
- Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better.
- You must let the butterfly fade naturally, no scrubbing it off.
- If you cut before the butterfly is gone, the butterfly dies. If you don’t cut, it lives.
- If you have more than one butterfly, and you self-harm, all the butterflies die.
- Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
- Even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyway, to show your support. If you do this, name it after someone you know that cuts or is suffering right now, and tell them. It could help.