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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?

Hear from some peers how they look after themselves after supporting a friend.

#Chatsafe – Self-care tips

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by suicide-related content online, remember to look after yourself. Snooze your feed, take a break and relax, or log off social media completely.

headspace – Find Your Passion

Keep doing the stuff you love to do and the things that are important to you. It can help keep the fun in your life, give you a sense of purpose and boost your confidence!

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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.