An Australian woman has received a flood of support on Facebook after posting a message about her personal experiences with self-harm, Metro reports.
Jordan Supple, 24, of New South Wales, Australia, shared her story and gave advice to teenagers in the Nov. 11 Facebook post, which has prompted a wave of support on the social media site.
The post read,
Look at this photo; this is my arm, for the rest of my life.
When I go to the register at the shops the check-out lady stares, meeting new people they see it, my potential new boss questions, my 4-year-old niece asks why my arm is weird. Walking through life now as a happy 24 year old I just wish I could tell my 13 year old self holding that razor that things do and WILL get better.
My mother shed tears as I was found bleeding on the bathroom floor, my mother watched as the doctors stitched my arms so many times.
My family’s heart would break when I wouldn’t take a jumper off on a 40 degree day because I couldn’t show my arms.
I know being a teenager is hard, school sucks, parents are lame and it feels like no one understands but there are people that do understand and life has so much to give you.
So teenagers, please… if you are sitting there alone contemplating putting that razor to your body remember that these cuts will last a lifetime but the pain doesn’t.
Talk to Mum and Dad, they might understand more than you think, find a cool teacher at school and have a chat.
You’re never ever alone.
Supple's post garnered 23,712 likes, 15,506 shares, and 56 comments in a week.
The Facebook commenters who responded to the post expressed sympathy for Supple or related similar experiences of their own.
"You have travelled a long hard road & are an inspiration to many," one commenter said. "Be proud of the life you have achieved for yourself."
"True word true words," another poster wrote. "I can tell you it gets even better. My scars are still there as well and now I see them as a sign of the strength I now have."
Supple said her struggle with depression began when she hit puberty at the age of 13.
"It was a depressive stage in life but, when you suffer with depression, it’s always there in your life," she told Metro.co.uk.
The young woman said she sought professional help to cope with her emotional turmoil.
"I was in a bad way, and I was hospitalised, which led me to being put on medication to help deal with my depression," she said.
"It was a few rough years until I worked out a good medication plan, had counseling and started to learn techniques on how to deal with stress better."
After many years of treatment, Supple is now living a fulfilling life. She said she wrote the message in order to share her journey and give hope to young people struggling with similar issues.
"I have always looked at my scars and thought they were useless, a bad mistake," she told BuzzFeed News. "I wanted to turn this mistake into something people can learn from."
She added that she was touched by the overwhelming support she received in response to the post.
"The response has been amazing," she said. "I'm so glad it has reached so many."
Although Supple has also received a few negative comments, she said that most of the criticism seems to come from a place of ignorance.
"I try not to dwell on it," she told BuzzFeed News. "[It was] mostly people that don’t understand self-harming behaviours."
"Personally, for me, making the post was about letting go of my own personal thoughts that were swimming around in my head," Supple said.