butterfly project

I’m a big fan of the butterfly project, as it helped me so much when I was a teenager. I struggled with self harm for a long time. I first found the project when someone asked if they could draw a butterfly on my wrist, as my scars were visible and still quite red. It was right after my one and only attempt to kill myself. I didn’t understand what they meant, so they explained it to me and drew one on my wrist in sharpie. The second I had access to the internet, I immediately googled the butterfly project and it soon became a habit. Instead of cutting, I drew butterflies; some were extravagant, others were plain, and others were symbols for people that meant a lot to me, but would never know me. It gave me a new thing to focus on and it really made all the difference. Yesterday, I finally got my butterfly tattoo, a permanent one, to symbolise that I’ve overcome so much and I’m stronger than what was bothering me back then. I was 13 when I started, I was 16 when I stopped. Now two years later as an 18 year old adult, I finally have my symbols of victory. I’ve overcome so much, and it’s all because of this project. Many huge thank you’s to whoever started this. I would not be writing this today had I not found your project. It really has made the world of a difference.

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, you’ve killed it. If you dont cut, it lives.
5. If you have more than one butterfly, cutting kills all of them.
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 anyways, 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.

*obviously not mine* I’m coming up for a tough week, and I don’t know how I’m going to deal with everything. And as the butterfly project didn’t help me either, I’m gonna give this a try. I don’t care if this gets 1 reblog or 100 reblogs, I care about you all, and I know some people on here very personally, and they’ve all helped me through these last 8 months, but I just need a little extra to get me through this last week. Thank you

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So I went to Comic-Con in Atlanta today. I got to meet Karen Gillen. I saw her and started crying. My dad went and paid for the ticket to meet her. I walked up to her crying. She looked at me, rubbed my arm, and asked me if I was okay. The only words I could get to come out were “I’m sorry. I just love you so much.” I told her about my self harm issues and asked her to draw a butterfly on my arm for the butterfly project. She agreed. My dad stayed behind to tell her what the butterfly was for. She called me back over and hugged me, tears in her eyes, and said “You are too beautiful to do this to yourself.” She is my role model. I love her so much. This is the butterfly she drew.

I don’t cut. when I was younger I heated needles and burnt myself and hit my legs. Self harm isn’t just cutting it is any self harm at all. I was clean for 1 ½ years until today. I struggle with depression and anxiety and had a bad fight with my husband. I relapsed in hitting myself. I then remembered this from when I was younger. How I drew butterflies on me to remember the ppl who love me and their names and supportive words.
I may have to start at day one again today but I will be ok again.

My girlfriend and I both suffer from the addiction of cutting. A few months ago she got a beautiful butterfly tattooed to her hip and hasn’t cut since. Although she hasn’t given in, however, the urge is still very powerful. I decided that it would be a good idea to take the butterfly project a tad further and write an entire poem down her arm that means the world to her. She then wrote over and over again how much she loves me, over my recent scars, just to remind me whenever I get caught up in my own mind. This took out butterfly project to a deeper, more personal level and it really saved us. I wanted to share this with all of you, to know that there are many ways of coping, in case one isn’t enough.

P.S. You are important to a lot of people, even if you don’t see it right now. You are loved and cared about. Wanted and needed. Stay strong.

-Jeydon Elliot 

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Okay soo… A few weeks back i sent an artist on Instagram who i really looked up to a photo of my arm which i drew a lot of butterfly’s on one day some of you may know of the butterfly project but yeah. Anyways she replied and she DREW that amazing art work! I was always afraid to show this image on social net work sites but seeing all the beautiful things everyone had written on the image made me see that not everything in the world is against you.
Sorry..

I’m sick and tired of people saying my butterflies aren’t “manly”.
You have no idea who I am, and why I have butterflies tattooed on me. Men can have butterflies tattooed on them and still be manly as fuck. Maybe I just really like butterflies? Who says what is manly and what is not?
Before you sit there and judge me for what is tattooed on my body, maybe ask what the meaning behind them are.
All of my tattoos have a meaning.

My first Butterfly.

Today at the hospital, I was getting my most recent relapse stitched up ( 11 stitches) when the nurse told me about the butterfly project. After I got bandaged she came in and drew my first butterfly on top of my dressing with nail polish and eyeliner she found in her purse. I swear this will be the last time i end up here. That nurse and the butterfly project just might of saved my life.