06-07-2020 07:32 AM
06-07-2020 06:57 PM
Hello @SoLost , thanks for sharing your story. I am sorry to hear that you have been having some recent troubles with your son. This sounds like a very challenging situation to be in. It is a shame to hear that you did not find child protection or the police to be helpful last time your son ran away. Do you have an idea where your son has run away to? Has he run away to his sister again? If you are not sure and have any concerns for his safety, it is really important that you call the police to let them know your concerns. If you do know where he is, would you be open to calling the police this time to let them that he has run away again? It might be a good idea to involve them in case your son has gone to see his sister and he might be put at risk.
You have mentioned that your son is not attending school, have you had a chance to speak with anyone from his school and let them know what has been going on? You might be able to talk with a school counsellor or someone involved with student well being. They could support you with this and may be able to make some arrangements to support your son when he is able to go back to school (or hopefully before).
I am sorry to hear that you are feeling heartbroken and scared. I imagine that it must be very hard dealing with your son running away whilst you still have to look after your other children and run a household. It is good that you are reaching out for some more support! I think it would be a really good idea to chat with a trained professional as they would be able to provide you with some great support around this (such as further information or services to call). Calling and chatting with a counsellor will also give you the chance to talk about how you are feeling as I am sure that this situation has impacted you too! It can be so easy to forget about ourselves when we are looking after others, so calling and talking to someone would be a great start. Parentline is one helpline that you can call. You can also access free one-one-one support with a professional through us here at ReachOut. Please feel free to keep us updated
06-08-2020 06:24 AM
06-08-2020 10:12 AM
It is such a tough time SoLost, and it is great that you are seeing a psychologist weekly and have a supportive GP. It is worth reaching out to supports, and Sophia suggested ParentLine and Reachout as well for more 1-on-1 support.
I hope you are taking time for yourself, and doing things that you enjoy as well.
You deserve to be happy as well as your children, especially in this difficult times. Thoughts are with you SoLost. I know in my situation, we are hoping for a change once the 16 year old is older and we are able to accept the complexities of life. Until that time, it is very tough. Until then we are the enemy and nothing we can do can ever be right. I found MensLine helpful.
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