#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.
of Australians aged 20-24 years reported they had self-harmed in their lifetime.
Martin, Swannell, Hazell, Harrison & Taylor (2010).
cases of hospitalisation in Australia in 2019-2020 were due to self-injury.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2022).
years of potential life was lost to intentional self-injury in Australia in 2019.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (2020).
lives are lost to intentional self-injury every year worldwide.
World Health Organisation (2014).
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.
Wearing orange for #THEORANGEEFFECT 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 your way. We want to know how you’re breaking the stigma associated with self-injury this March.
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, 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. Plus your purchase will go directly towards helping people experiencing mental illness and self-injury.