#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.March 2019
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
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 2019 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 2019 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 2019, 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 2019. Plus your purchase will go directly towards helping people experiencing mental illness and self-injury.