Hello @Mamma3 , I am sorry to hear about what you and your son have been going through lately. It sounds like things are particularly tough right now. It is great that your son has already seen a psychologist for some support, I hope that you both found it to be helpful. Were you able to have a chat with the psychologist about some of the concerns that you have about your son, such as the recent self-harming? I am wondering if you have received any support around that yet? Also, I just wanted to check in as you mentioned that your son recently started self harming, is your son safe right now?
If you are interested in reading up a bit more on managing self-harm and some of the things that you can try to help your child with, Reachout has an article that I will link here. One of the strategies involves talking with your son about the behaviour and the reasons behind their self-harm behaviour in order to get a better understanding. Is this something that you have been able to do with your son yet? Hopefully some other parents will jump on with some other support too!
Thanks for letting me know that your son is safe @Mamma3 , I am glad to hear that. I understand that you have tried to talk with your son and the reasons why it has been a bit difficult. Did you find the psychologist to be helpful with this? Were they able to talk with your son about some of the difficulties he has been experiencing lately? It sounds like there is a lot going on for your son, with his relationships at school and his sleeping troubles. Did you have a chance to discuss this with the psychologist or any other supports such as his school counsellor?
You might also find it helpful to call and speak to a trained counsellor over the phone about what has been happening with your son. One helpline that you can call to get some advice and support from is Parentline. Here is a link to their website that you can visit for some further information if you are interested.
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