If You Are Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis
- Talk to someone you trust – often talking through your experience with someone you trust goes a long way to reducing your anxiety, and can help you to gain some perspective moving forward. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one, visit your GP or contact Lifeline.
- Look after your safety – Put your safety first. If you are in an unsafe situation, try to remove yourself or reach out to someone who can help you stay safe. If you are thinking about suicide, seek help immediately by calling lifeline on 13 11 14 or the South Western Sydney – Community Mental Health Emergency Team (CoMHET) on 1300 787 799. If there is an immediate risk to your safety, or to the safety of others, call 000, or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
- Recognise your strengths – your skills and abilities can help you cope under pressure. If you are having trouble identifying your strengths, ask a loved one to help you list some strengths that will help you in your current circumstances.
- Get help – manage your crisis through counselling, medical attention, self-help programs or support networks. You might need to try a number of options depending on your individual circumstances – it’s important to keep trying. Sometimes a crisis is a sign of a longer-term issue. It’s important to get help for problems such as mental health issues or financial difficulties.
- Make a plan – it can help reduce stress and give positive goals to work towards. For example if you are having financial problems it can help to create a budget.
- Take care of yourself – by eating healthily, exercising, and sleeping. Give yourself time out from your situation if possible –do things you enjoy. Avoid alcohol and drugs, as they numb feelings and make it harder to cope in the long run.