Focus on other things e.g. deep breaths, take a shower, read a book, eat or drink something, listen to calming music, spend time with your pet, wrap yourself in a warm blanket; watch a film; go for a walk
If feeling numb: hold an ice cube, take a bite of something strong or sour e.g. lemon, chilli, strong peppermint
If you need to release tension: exercise, punch a cushion, squeeze a ball, rip up used paper or a magazine; play an instrument loudly
If thinking about cutting, do this instead: draw on your skin with a red marker where you would normally cut; rub ice cubes where you would normally cut; place rubber bands on your wrists, arms or legs and flick them instead of cutting.
Read or recite a prayer, a quote, a poem that is meaningful to you
Name your feelings: You can do that on YourCrew by checking-in
Write it down:
o Write in your private diary on YourCrew
o Write a check-in on YourCrew
From Mind UK (nb: very good information but the phone numbers are UK based and not be useful in Australia)
Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do to support someone. You may feel stressed or scared you'll say the wrong thing.
Remember your main role in YourCrew is to listen, acknowledge and communicate support. That can mean calling a professional service such as Kids Helpline or, in an emergency, calling 000They can also guide you on what to do.
If you are under 18 years, you can also reach out to an adult or your Crew to help you support someone.