While you are supporting and helping your child who may be in crisis, it is especially important for you as a parent or caregiver to also take care of yourself. Practicing self-care does not mean you are choosing yourself over your loved one. It simply means that you are being mindful of your own needs so you are better able to support the people you care about. You don’t need an elaborate plan; self-care can be as simple as finding a new favorite hobby or taking a deep breath when you notice you are becoming stressed. By getting into the habit of practicing self-care regularly to maintain your physical and mental health, you will more likely be better equipped to handle the stressors that come along with supporting someone you care about. This page shares tips and resources to help you identify the signs of stress and practice self-care. #BeThe1To #SPM19

Know when you need to ask for help. When caring for someone with suicidal thoughts, you may become overwhelmed. Being overwhelmed does not make you a bad caregiver, family member, or friend, it makes you human. There are various resources for caregivers such as NAMI Family Support Groups. These groups offer support for people with loved ones who have experienced symptoms of a mental illness. In addition, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available to provide free and confidential support and resources to you or your loved one by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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