COPMI - Children of Parents with a Mental Illness - Keeping families in mind

Take time out

Teenager relaxing on ipad in park

Feeling crap? Take some time out… 


Taking time out actually helps your body and mind to cope better with your home situation (and with everything!)

Here’s some things young people told us helps - when they’re having a hard time at home.


  • Visit a friend or go out for a coffee
  • Take a walk outside – get into nature
  • Listen to music
  • Hire a DVD or go to the movies
  • Write in your diary
  • Do some art or another creative activity that you enjoy
  • Dance around your room to your favourite music!
  • Read your favourite book
  • Log on to Facebook and chat to friends
  • Go to our fun stuff and waste some time
  • Read about other people’s experiences online
  • Do some physical stuff – take a run, punch your punching bag, whack a ball
  • Play some computer games or Playstation
  • Run and hide for a bit and be by yourself. (Let someone know where you are if you’re going out!)
  • Yell your feelings into a pillow
  • Talk to your dog or cat – they can be very understanding!
  • Have a nap or just practice some relaxation exercises
  • Go fishing
  • Decide to talk to someone (see getting support)
  • Chat to your brother or sister – they can often understand better than others
  • Make a picture collage of the good times with your family/friends – to remind you to appreciate the good times with your parent.
  • Keep busy!
  • Make a picture collage of the good times with your family/friends – to remind you to appreciate the good times with your parent.

Young people having coffee at a cafe

One other thing that other young people have said really helps is to be part of a peer group. These are groups just for young people who are in the same situation as you, giving you a place to go and friends to talk to where it’s safe and you’re understood.

Check the COPMI website programs/services area for peer groups near you, or call Young Carers on 1800 242 636.

 

 

 

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