4 weeks ago
Hi @Burntoutmama, thank you so much for making this post. Did you want to share a bit more about what is going on for you at the moment? A lot of parents on our forum have had experience with parenting a teenager who feels suicidal. It can be a challenging journey to find the right support but we are here to listen and support you as best as we can. I will tag some of them below but you can also have a look at their posts here.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
So sorry to hear of your struggles with your child. I can only imagine that this would be devastating, exhausting and overwhelming for you. It sounds like you are doing so much for your family and it must be so challenging to be doing this on your own without much support. I recognise you're tired and have big things to worry about right now. Hopefully you can find small ways to look after yourself that will carry you through such heartbreaking and difficult times.
Hello @Burntoutmama I have a suicidal 13 year old daughter. She has self-harmed. She is seeing a therapist and is on a mild anti-depressant It is a battle every day but we keep going. I feel your pain and understand the sadness and worry you must have. Everyday I try to investigate more about what I can do to help her and I am there for her whenever she needs me. It is draining and it is tiring. Please make sure you have some support or help from a counsellor as well. You are heard here and I can relate to everything you are experiencing. x PS my daughter is doing Art therapy once a week and this is something that has helped her. It might be something to investigate.
Thank you for sharing your experiences here, it is so valuable to hear from other parents and so generous of you to share what you and your family are going through
It would be very tough for you and your daughter to be managing her feelings of suicidality and urges to self-harm, have you seen improvements since engaging with the therapist and introducing anti-depressants?
The suggestion about art therapy is a really lovely one! How wonderful that it has helped your daughter. As is the suggestion for parents to get counselling support too - very important points you have made here
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