If you’re looking for a way to keep your hands and brain distracted, learning an instrument might be for you! Like learning any new skill, it’s gonna take time. But it feels great seeing the progress you make. Plus, if it’s challenging it means it’s gonna take concentration. And if you’re concentrating on how to play an A chord, you won’t be thinking about self-harm.

Once you get the hang of it, you can then start writing songs and using your instrument to express how you’re feeling. You could even start a band, and meet new people through music!

There are literally thousands of tutorials online to help get you started – all you need to do is decide which instrument you want to try!

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