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Question Don't know how to tell parents! - November 13th 2012, 04:14 AM

So I've been depressed for almost 2 years now... and my parents knew about it like 6 months ago, but they think that I've been better and not depressed or cutting.. I just hid it well.. But now it's time, I need to tell my parents the truth. I'm still very suicidal and have attempted many times... I don't know how to tell my parents, the last time they found out they were on the verge of sending me to a rehabilitation center... I don't think that would help me any, I'd be 2 hours away from my home. I think if anything, that would make it worse. I don't know how to explain this to my parents without them flipping out on me.. I feel as though they'd be very disappointed in me... But even so, I need them to know that I need the help. First: How do I bring this up in a conversation? Second: How do I tell them without them feeling like it's their fault..?
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Re: Don't know how to tell parents! - November 13th 2012, 05:53 AM

Hi there!

First off, I'm so sorry you're going through this and have self-harmed.

I don't think they'll be disappointed, just sad you're feeling this way. They need to know so they can support you and help you through it. It's bad to be alone through these things. Just try to sit down with them and say that you need to talk to them both about something. Start off like this maybe:

"I know you guys think I've been feeling better but the truth is I'm still feeling the same. I didn't want you to feel guilty over my feelings. It's not your fault, I just need some support and I need your help. I hope you aren't disappointed in me."

Explain that you really don't think a rehab facility will help you because you'd feel more comfortable being around family and people you know rather than a place full of strangers. And that you're trying to get help and recover.

As for suicidal feelings and depression, I do think you need to talk to someone about it and with that and your family's support you can get through this. I'm not sure where you live so I'll just let you know that there should most definitely be a suicide hot-line for your state.

The self-harm, I feel for you... Here are some self-harm alternatives you can try out: Self-Harm Alternatives

I hope I helped! Good luck with things and I hope you can let me know how things go. I hope you feel better. Stay safe, hun. I'm here if you ever need to talk to someone.

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