10-24-2020 08:22 AM
10-24-2020 04:33 PM
Hi @Lizzielou, thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry that your family is going through a difficult time. It must have been incredibly hard for you to hear your son talking about self-harm. It was great that he had a check in from the ambulance and now has a GP and counsellor to chat to. It can be hard to get teenagers to open with you and you are definitely not the only parent who experiences this. Generally, it helps to know that even if your teenager can't chat with you that they at least have other services they can chat to. It can also help to just let your son know that you are there if he ever needs to chat. I was wondering if you have thought of seeking support for yourself? What you are going through is really tough and a therapist may be able to help you process and navigate this situation.
We also have some articles here on self-harm that may be helpful for you and your son. Just keep in mind that we are an Australian service and therefore some of our referrals or advice may be Australian specific. You are still most welcome to be apart of our community