Note. The following article discusses topics such as self-harm.
Love Island series 5’s Belle Hassan has spoken candidly about her history with self-harm.
Interview OK! The TV presenter began by recalling a minor identity crisis between the ages of 13 and 19.
“I tried to understand who I am and what I want from life. I had a lot of self-hatred and felt like I wasn’t enough,” she said.
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“People ask me what made you (self-harm) and honestly, I have no idea. I think I did it to make myself feel better – I had so many emotions but never knew how to talk about it.”
“I’m so open with my family and friends now, but back then I was ashamed or afraid I’d get in trouble,” Hassan continued to explain, before admitting that, looking back, she wishes she had been open about what happened. situation before.
“When I finally came out, it was almost the beginning of my recovery. It was hard though because I think my family put the blame on themselves so it was on my shoulders.
“But it had nothing to do with them – it was a battle with myself,” she added.
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Next, Tamer Hassan’s daughter from Layer Cake pinpointed the exact moment her mind changed.
“I wanted to do hair extensions as part of my job and had to take a training course. I remember it was very hot and I couldn’t wear a short sleeve T-shirt because of my arms,” she said.
“That’s when I thought, ‘I need to stop this, this is ridiculous.’ Enough. Self-harm is like an addiction and you are susceptible to relapse. “on yourself in case of relapse” because it shows that you have power.”
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If you are affected by the issues raised in this story, organizations that can offer support include: National Health Service, Samaritans at 116 123 hours Intelligence on 0300 123 3393. Readers in the US are encouraged to visit MentalHealth.gov.
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