This Woman Wrote A Brave Facebook Post About Self-Harm And Was Flooded With Support

    Warning: This post contains images that some may find stressful.

    Jordan Supple is a 24-year-old woman from Australia. Last week, she wrote an update on her Facebook about the scars she has from self-harm. In the post, Supple talks about her depression, and tells readers "things do and WILL get better."

    "Look at this photo; this is my arm, for the rest of my life," she says. "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."

    Supple has lived with depression from an early age – she told the Daily Mail she had problems starting from when she hit puberty.

    "It was a depressive state in life," she said, "but when you suffer with depression, it's always there in your life."

    To Supple's surprise, the post has already been shared over 10,000 times and has received more than 20,000 likes.

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    "The response has been amazing," she told BuzzFeed News. "I'm so glad it has reached so many."

    Supple said she wrote the post in an attempt to "turn a negative into a positive".

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    "I have always looked at my scars and thought they were useless, a bad mistake," she said. "I wanted to turn this mistake into something people can learn from."

    Supple said she has received hundreds of messages from all over the world supporting her.

    "A lot of people are reaching out for help or advice with their children," she said. "Many people around the world are suffering from this destructive behaviour – I really hope they reach out to professional help and find themselves in a healthy place in the future."

    She has also received some negative feedback – but doesn't let it bring her down.

    "I try not to dwell on it," she said. "[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," said Supple.

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    "I have felt a weight lifted by telling my story to others."

    If you need to talk to someone, you can call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue Australia on 1300 22 4636. In the UK, you can call Anxiety UK on 08444 775 774, or Hopeline America at 1-800-784-2433.

    Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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