Getting Over Your Fear of Needles

Elizabeth - getting over the fear of needles  
I gave blood for the first time this year as a member of my campus Student Red Cross Club. I was terrified but a friend brought me a huge chocolate chip cookie which was great.  The feeling that my blood would help save the lives of others - that was the best feeling. I've donated twice since then and will continue to give blood.

Elizabeth, Blood Donor

Many first-time donors come to their donation with a fear of needles but most find the donation process is easy and relatively painless. Here are some tips to help you make it through your first donation.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Focus on the lives you may be helping to save by donating blood. By giving a single pint of blood, you may help save as many as three lives. You will feel just a slight pinch, and it’s over in seconds. The difference you can make may last a lifetime.


Know What to Expect

Make yourself familiar with the blood donation process – this will help you feel prepared for each step. And feel free to ask questions if you want to learn more.

 Distract yourself to help overcome your fear of needles

Indulge in Distraction

You don’t have to look at the donation procedure. Bring a music player with you, read a book, talk with our staff or just close your eyes and relax.


Share Your Fear

When you arrive for your blood donation, tell the person who greets you that you are afraid of needles. Our staff will be there to talk with you and assist you during your donation.


Bring Moral Support

Many donors enjoy donating with a friend both for the moral support and for celebrating the good they’ve done together.