Research indicates that the way a suicide is reported in the media can contribute to additional suicides and suicide attempts. Conversely, stories about suicide can inform readers and viewers about the likely causes of suicide, its warning signs, and resources for help. For media safe reporting guidelines go to: www.sprc.org/library/at_a_glance.pdf
Caregivers sometimes forget to take time for themselves and their own mental and health well-being.
Stress on a person’s mind and body can affect mood, lowered immunity to sickness, changes in sleeping and appetite, concentration and lower energy levels.
Some self-care suggestions to minimize these effects and take care of yourself include:
- Exercise – riding a bike, walking, yoga, swimming
- Eating properly
- Drinking plenty of water
- Reading or writing
- Getting plenty of rest
- Share your feelings with a friend and stay social
- Soak in a hot tub
- Allow yourself to cry.
- Listen to music or sing/hum.
- Pet your dog or cat.
- Spend time outside in the sun, in a garden or a park.
- If you embrace religion, allow yourself some time and space for reflection.
- Get a massage.
- Take a nap.
- Be aware of your use of alcohol and caffeine.