Phoenix House adopts the Butterfly Project

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:

  1. When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand.
  2. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better.
  3. You must let the butterfly fade naturally, no scrubbing it off.
  4. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, the butterfly dies. If you don’t cut, it lives.
  5. If you have more than one butterfly, and you self-harm, all the butterflies die.
  6. Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
  7. 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.

 

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