I'm 32, female, living in Greater London.
I started self-harming at 14, and it took me over 10 years to give up the addiction.
After 7 difficult years of constantly trying to explain what I was going through, I started writing. For the following 5 years I worked hard at producing a memoir on my experience with self-harm, finally finishing it early 2005. I am currently trying to find a publisher.
In July 2004 I was asked to speak about my experiences on live t.v for Channel 5 news. Agreeing to do so, I was quickly approached by BBC3 news that same day, who were also covering the story following the release of information from the National inquiry into self-harm; which was currently taking place in the UK.
A month later I was interviewed for an article in The Observer newspaper, and spoke about my experiences on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.
As people became more and more interested in hearing from someone so able to speak honestly about self-harm, I was asked to do many interviews, including with Fern Briton and Philip Schofield on This Morning, and then for Woman magazine.
In February 2006 I was included in a feature on self-harm in Bizarre magazine.
In March I appeared on BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, BBC Breakfast news on BBC2, and I also did a live interview on BBC Radio 5.
A week later I was asked to speak to The Sun newspaper.
In August, my story was featured in The Sunday Times newspaper, in Style magazine
More recently, I spoke about self-harm on BBC Radio 5, BBC Asian Network, BBC Breakfast news - aired in November 2006 on BBC 1, and then the Daily Mirror.
After a few years writing my second book, I decided to publish it as an eBook in December 2011. It is a down-to-earth, sel-help guide on overcoming depression and self-harm, which is available on all Amazon Kindle stores.
For more information, please visit www.DistractionsfromDepression.com (Every copy sold includes a donation to the charity SANE)
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