My sister confided something in me, what do I do now?
My 12 year old sister just told me that she cuts herself. They are on her leg and not deep and it does seem she is using this as a coping mechanism rather than a suicidal actiin. I am in my early 20's and she is my world but telling our mom, whom we live with together, well I am unsure if this is the best option. I got our mom to contact a therapist yesterday to get my sister into counseling but I found out she does this just last night. My sister lost her father (long story) and says she cuts herself because of fighting with our mom. Do I tell my mom, contact the therapist..? My concern is that my sister and I have a special bond, she is my world, and confides in me and no one else in the family. Do I burn that bridge and tell our mom who could not do anything but make the situation worse or just contact the therapist she will be seeing? I really need advice... Please help.
dont tell your mom but get her into a therapist self-harm is an addiction and a very powerful addiction. she needs to talk about the root of why she is cutting so she can find a new way to cope, but she cant stop for you or anyone else she has to stop for herself, you cant force her to stop her self-harm habits no matter your intentions it wont work you will just lose her because she wont trust you anymore and you dont want to burn that bridge ever.
Sister bonds are strong and you must keep it so. However, you need to help her otherwise she might do something drastic. The talking to the therapist is a good thing and get it done soonest. Be there for her always and when she feels like cutting herself, say she must come talk to you and the 2 of you can go for a walk or do something to distract her. Good luck and be strong. It also helps to talk to the priest at your local church.