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Taking care of yourself, when taking 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.


Take care of yourself, to be able to take care of others

  • 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:

Visit our Looking after yourself page for further advice and information.

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 are worried about someone, and need someone to talk to, call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 to speak to a counsellor.

If it is an emergency, please call 000.