She enjoys drawing so I think when I encouraged her to do that again, it helped her feel like she was in control and relaxed (possibly). We saw our doctor today. I suggested headspace for help but he has said she is too young. He said self harm can be common with depression and counselling will help her be able to deal with that. I am waiting for the psychologist who has her on a waiting list to ring me back as she is off on Monday's according to her phone message. I have also reached out to a work colleague tonight and she has given me a contact number for someone who could possibly help me. My fingers are crossed. I am not sure if sand therapy helped, I do think it did but after awhile she didn't want to do it anymore. The lady doing it suggested we give it a break as she doesn't want to have her visits stressful.
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Thank you for your message. Her wounds were visual but not requiring medical attention thank goodness. She. has had a good day today. Tomorrow I will be making a new doctors appointment and contacting the psychologist again to inform her of what has happened and. hopefully she can see her. We have even tried sand play therapy in the past.
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Hi, I am new.
I can not sleep, I can not stop crying.
It has been a concern about her mental health for sometime. I even pulled her out of our public school and placed her into a lovely small private school and in the past 5 weeks we have all seen a much more happier child. She attends school most days whereas prior before starting a new school, it was a struggle most days to get her out the door and the stress on her and myself was massive.
Her paed did diagnose depression and anxiety and I have been trying to get her professional help but she was on a waiting list that was closed shut when covid hit. So I have been told that I will be contacted and she is next to be helped when they take on new clients again.
I thought we were turning a corner, we even gave a great report for her check up just last week to the paed and he was amazed at her improvement and told me that clearly changing schools was the best move for her.
Then today wasn't a good day. She was so overwhelmed with emotions but I thought she was past it and ok tonight. She asked if she could have a shower, I said of course you can.
Awhile later she sits beside me and bursts into tears. Shows me self harm on her arm. I turned off the tv and I was just in total shock. She was sobbing and telling me she was just so upset and she doesn't know why she did it and it wasn't hurting her but then she realised what she had done and she burst into tears with fear. She said she didn't even mean to do it and she doesn't understand why she did it she just knows she was so upset and she couldn't handle it.
I handled it as best as I could. I told her that she needs to come and see me when she feels this way, she said I know that's why I am here talking to you now. We talked about what she can do when she feels so upset that she can't cope and I told her I am always here, always. I don't know if I did the right thing, it wasn't a topic I had ever researched before.
I have gone to bed and made her sleep with me tonight (I am a widow, lost her dad 4 years ago when she was in kindergarten) and I can't sleep and I couldn't stop crying. I am so worried for my little girl.
I am hoping for people's input, experiences possibly. I will be making calls Monday morning to try and push the psychologist to take her.
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