So I have a question, and I figured you'd be the best to answer this. I'm a self harmer/cutter, I'm trying to quit if this helps, and if I were to get a job would they not hire me because of it? And if I were to relapse, if I got the job, could they fire me for it? This might sound like a super dumb question, but can they tell my parents I do it? Or no? Sorry for all the questions, just kinda nervous if I get a job soon. Thanks in advance :)!
Hey There Anon Friend, I’m so sorry but glad to hear that you are trying to stop.
First, you know what I’m going to say and may as well get it out in the beginning. Don’t try to go this alone. Get help. If you are scared your parents might react badly, then get an advocate such as a school counselor or nurse. Let them know that you need help telling your parents.
As for the job since I know from your statements you are under age.
If you cut on the job and are “caught”, BY LAW they have to report it (child protective laws)
As for not hiring you, that is personal information that you do not have to disclose to them for any reason nor should you.
If you feel the need to cut while on the job, use some of the other techniques for distraction such as
snapping the rubberband against the skin where you want to cut
placing tape on the skin and pulling it off
writing in pen where you want to cut
Have a conversation about anything with a coworker
Again, if your parents don’t know and I’m sorry if they don’t, please get help through this.
- S.A.F.E. Alternatives for Stopping Self Abuse or 1–800-DONT-CUT (366–8288)
Hope that helps
Have a peaceful day/night