Self-care: Take care of yourself, to be able to take care of others


If someone you know has shared their thoughts of suicide with you, you want to support them, but at the same time, you may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious. It’s important to take care the time to also look after your own wellbeing and self-care.

Self-care enables you to function in your life while meeting the multiple challenges of the world with energy and confidence.

One simple way of putting it is: Take care of yourself, to be able to take care of others. Visit our Looking after yourself page for further advice and information.

  • Stay active and maintain regular exercise
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Don’t be tempted to stress or emotionally eat
  • Avoid relying on alcohol or drugs to switch off
  • Talk to, or simply spend time with, someone you find supportive
  • Make time for the things you enjoy; crafts, movies, sport, etc.
  • Introduce meditation and mindfulness exercises. You can use an app like Headspace, Calm or Smiling Mind to get started.


Practicing self-care is a balancing act that is best served all day, every day. Focus on your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing through ongoing self-care.

If you need someone to talk to, you can call Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 to discuss your concerns about yourself or someone you care about.

If someone’s life is in danger, call 000.