Well, I don't know where to start! My daughter turned 14 last month! She is generally a very happy carefree child, we are very close and I teach at the school that she attends.
So....last week, another teacher approaches me, and tells me a pupil has gone to him as he thinks my daughter may have self harmed the night before. We get home from work and she is holding the cuff of her jumper as she is eating her tea. I ran her a bath and told her to get in it and I would bring her a coffee up. I see marks on her wrist, she told me she used a tool and did it because her best mate had fell out with her. I asked her why she hadnt spoke to me and she said her best mate self harmed and got loads of attention so she did the same...
Well, we went to the doctors, he was great and we had a full 90 minute appointment, he asked her loads of questions, and he said he thinks she has hormonal problems (her periods can last upto 20 days) and thinks this is causing depression. We have had a fantastic weekend, cuddles, great mothers day etc..
Today, at school, I got a phone call from a Headmaster at another school telling me that my daughter had sent one of his pupils a text message saying she was going to take an overdose. It turned out that it wasnt my daughter but one of her mates that took an OD, Theres so much more to this story, including boys and peer pressure. Am finding it really hard as I teach at the school my daughter attends. I am trying my best to be supportive, I havent raised my voice, we have talked so much and have tonight given her some traffic light colours so she can show me how she feels without having to say it. Red not good, Amber so so, Green happy.
Any help out there?
Edit, removed details of OD and added trigger warnings to thread title - Gerard