The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation (ASPF) provides free support and assistance to people suffering psychological distress as well as providing advice and information for their concerned and confused relatives and friends.
When you are depressed, your brain chemistry is out of whack and your mind can get stuck on painful negative thoughts that aren’t true, but seem totally convincing to you.
You can hold on!
- Tell someone how you are feeling. If you can’t talk to a friend or family member, call or chat online with a counsellor at Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 or Youth Beyondblue 1300 224 636. The Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 has 24/7 telephone and online counselling and support, including up to 6 free sessions with the same counsellor.
- Write down your thoughts or draw something to express how you feel.
- Go for a walk or do some other exercise you usually like.
- Have a warm bath; burn some aromatic oil; cuddle or stroke a pet – all these things are soothing for your senses.
Do whatever it takes to stay safe
- Please get a friend or relative to come over, or go to stay with them.
- Get rid of any items that you could use to hurt yourself.
- Go to sleep. If you can’t sleep, take a safe amount of sleeping or calming medication (if you have some). Chewing up the medication before you swallow it will make it absorb and work faster.
- In the morning, please go with your friend to get more help. A GP or the emergency department of any public hospital will help you.
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