Car meet for Self Injury Awareness Day




A Cars For Hope initiative focused on creating support for those who struggle with self-harm, whilst raising awareness of the issues surrounding self-injury and mental health. Our movement aligns closely with Self-Injury Awareness Day held on March 1st so we're playing our part with #THEORANGEEFFECT.

What is self-injury?

Self-injury, or self-harm is a term used for when people intentionally injure themselves, often by cutting, burning or ingesting chemicals. It is most commonly used as a coping mechanism for strong emotions or difficult circumstances. Self-injury does not equate to a suicide attempt. Most people self-harm to try to change how they feel and will go to great lengths to keep this activity private.

The Statistics

percent of young adults have reported self-harming
hospitalisations in Australia were from self-harm cases in 2011
percent of young Australian adults will self-harm
years of potential life lost to self-harm in 2012

Intentional self-harm was the leading cause of death for those aged 15-44 years. (ABS 2012)

Vehicle accidents experienced less fatalities than intentional self-harm in the 15-24 year age group. (ABS 2012)

24% of females and 18% of males aged 20-24 and 17% of females and 12% of males aged 15-19 have reported self-harming at some point in their life (Martin G, Swannell SV, et al)

While suicide is more common amongst young men, self-harm is more common among young women

The most common occurrences of intentional self-harm include cutting parts of the body, burning the skin and ingesting toxic substances

It is estimated that the number of young people who have engaged in self-harm is 40-100 times greater than those who have actually ended their lives. (Fox, Hawton)

Myths & Facts

MYTH: Self-injury is a suicide attempt

MYTH: Self-injury is 'emo'

MYTH: Self-injury is attention-seeking

Here's How You Can Help

Self-Injury is an important subject which is incredibly misunderstood. At Cars For Hope we believe awareness is essential to break the stigma around self-injury and to empathise with those struggling to seek help. Play your part to bring understanding towards self-injury and mental health. Get involved in #THEORANGEEFFECT.


Share your photo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr using the hashtag #THEORANGEEFFECT and #CARSFORHOPE to join the movement.