The Butterfly Project was started by an author unknown, but has been shared abroad to many people who are suffering from the addiction of cutting. Cutting and self-harm are issues that touch so many of us in so many different ways. I have known a number of people who have supported this project in the past and some who continue to participate in the Butterfly Project today. Recovery is an ongoing process, and I too have drawn butterflies in support of the ones I love so dearly.
The Butterfly Project:
The Rules are:
1. When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand.
2. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better.
3. You must let the butterfly fade naturally. NO scrubbing it off.
4. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, you’ve killed it. If you dont cut, it lives.
5. If you have more than one butterfly, cutting kills all of them.
6. Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
7. Even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyways, to show your support. If you do this, name it after someone you know that cuts or is suffering right now, and tell them. It could help.
Never give up hope. Recovery is possible, even when it seems so far away.