Self-care for the Supporter.
After supporting a friend through a difficult experience, it’s important to check-in and recharge yourself.
1. Talk to a trusted adult about your experience. Make sure you’re ok.
2. Talk about your experience with others on a safe platforms or forums, like My Circle.
3. It’s good to seek professional help for yourself as well – helping a friend showing signs of suicide can be a really stressful experience. You can contact Kidshelpline and have some free counselling session to help debrief and make sure you’re ok.
4. Do an activity that brings you joy.
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After supporting a friend, how do you keep mentally fit? transcript
After supporting a friend, how do you stay mentally fit?
It is fairly taxing on yourself to support someone through that. You’re going through it with them. And, often the best way I find is just go for a walk, find somewhere quiet to just be with yourself away from everyone for a little bit, and just have some me time, really.
Personally, I would talk to my mum. I love debriefing with her, I think she’s someone I can trust to keep these secrets between us. Or, I like to go out and exercise with my own friends and just relax.
Well, just doing things that you like. Just making sure that you are happy. I play squash, hang out with friends with a frisbee, just chilling.
Cooking up a curry, living my best life.
You gotta make sure you’re doing things for yourself as well. And focusing on yourself and keeping yourself healthy, mentally and physically.