How to look after yourself

Responding to a child who self-injures can be extremely stressful, confusing, and emotionally draining, and parents and carers can be left feeling anxious, saddened, and frustrated. It is important for you to protect your own health and wellbeing so that you are able to protect the health and wellbeing of your son or daughter.

 

This can be achieved by:

  • Take time out for yourself.

  • Do things that you enjoy. Try something new.

  • Take 10 slow, deep breaths.

  • Go for a walk.

  • Try meditation or relaxation exercises.

  • Seek support from family and friends or a confidential crisis help line or website (e.g., Lifeline 13 11 14).

  • Seek professional help for yourself from a mental health professional.