#THEORANGEEFFECT is Cars For Hope’s campaign initiative in support of Self-Injury Awareness Day. Wear orange and fight against the stigma surrounding self-injury. You and everybody you love is worth the fight.March 2017
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.
years of potential life lost to self-harm in 2012
of young adults have reported self-injuring in their lifetime
hospitalisations in Australia were from self-injury in 2011
of deaths of Australian aged 15 to 24 were from self-injury in 2014
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
Intentional self-harm was the leading cause of death for those aged 15-44 yearsAustralian Bureau of Statistics, 2012
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.C. Fox and K. Hawton, 2004
Vehicle accidents experienced less fatalities than intentional self-harm in the 15-24 year age group.Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012
Self-injury is most often not an attempt at suicide. Although many people believe that there is a close relationship between self-injury and suicide, most self-injury is to hurt and not to kill oneself.
It is not 'emo' nor is it a trend or a new behaviour. Self-injury has recently become a stereotype with the belief that only certain kinds of people undertake self-harm, however studies have found no evidence to support these beliefs.
In reality, most people keep their self-harming private and will go to great lengths to conceal their behaviour. Rather than to get attention from others, most of the time people self-harm to try and change how they are feeling.
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.
Wearing orange for #THEORANGEEFFECT 2017 is the best way to show you care and support the people who have battled with self-injury. You can wear something big or small, or get creative with your ride – the choice is yours – but promise to wear it loudly and proudly.
Round up your mates and support #THEORANGEEFFECT 2017 your way. We want to know how you’re breaking the stigma associated with self-injury on March 4-5.
Whether it's a car meet, cruise or BBQ you can submit your own event to be featured on this very website.
Stuck on what to wear for #THEORANGEEFFECT 2017, or want to dress up your ride with a sticker? There's t-shirts, stickers and more on the Cars For Hope Online Store just for #THEORANGEEFFECT 2017. Plus your purchase will go directly towards helping people experiencing mental illness and self-injury.