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the story of Riley

Riley is sitting in the dark in his room late at night, feeling alienated, alone, desperate—afraid the pain will not end.

Riley has been cutting for over a year and no one knows.

Riley wears a “happy mask,” comparing feelings to how everyone else looks.

Riley believes that it is ‘NOT OK to NOT BE OK.’

Riley suffers in silence.

Riley is considering picking up his blade again, but instead goes to the computer and clicks on the Adolescent Self Injury Foundation website.

With just one click, Riley has easy entry access to helpful resources.

Riley immediately feels understood and is not alone anymore.

Riley realizes that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel, and that the suffering can end.

the story of Riley teen boy

where our funding goes

  • Donations enables ASIF to continue to save lives of teens in pain.

  • Donations allows ASIF to expand our reach to as many people as possible through increasing our presence on social media.

  • Provide training workshops for the public at large, parents, and school personnel such as counselors, teachers, nurses, and administrators of public and private schools to understand the unique needs of the adolescent self-injurious student.

  • Provide evidence-based training workshops for mental health providers to enhance their effectiveness in treating this hard-to-reach population.

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To whom it may concern, 

I just wanted to let you know how much your page has helped me. I started cutting about a year ago... I didn't want to do it but I felt so alone and confused and I was tired of feeling worthless... I felt ashamed for doing it... My thoughts started drifting from normal things like sports and my horses to "where should I cut today so people won't see?". I would often think about suicide and if anyone cared.


... the next day I went online and looked up things to help me... I searched for 2 days before I found your site. The night I read it I was sitting alone, crying on my bathroom floor holding my razor blade. Then I saw your 146 things to do instead of self harming. I read them all, 3 times. And to my amazement it actually worked. I went to bed that night with no new cuts on my body.


Today is the first day in a year and 3 months I have been clean for 9 days. I promised myself i would take the time to write you an email if I broke my record. There will never be enough words to describe how thankful I am for the amazing work you do. You saved my life that night and for that I want to say thank you so much. Thank you for your time and keep up everything you are doing. It really does make a difference. 

A Survivor

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