Advice and Help
Why should I get advice or help?
Independence and doing it yourself are great values for everyday life, but sometimes things just get a bit out of control. Just like you wouldn’t do surgery on yourself if you were in a car accident, so the same goes for when we need to get professional medical advice for looking after your mental well-being.
It’s okay to feel sad, frustrated, lonely, disconnected, stressed or scared for short periods. However when these periods go on for weeks and weeks and its affecting your ability to sleep, your appetite, your concentration at work, or the way you deal with other people, it’s worth checking in with someone.
The earlier you reach out, the quicker you are likely to be back on deck.
How can I get advice or help?
If you think it’s getting hard handling things on your own, try one of these options below. Simply reaching out to another person, although difficult at first, can be one of the most valuable and helpful things you can do.
- Talk to friends, family, neighbours, colleagues or loose networks and ask ‘Do you have a minute?’
- If your situation is not urgent, make an appointment to see your family GP or if you don’t have a doctor, find a local group practice.
- There are phone help-lines where you can talk to someone about whatever might be going on and there are now apps and chatbots that you can text with if you don’t feel like picking up the phone.
Remember, if you are struggling, you won’t be alone – chances are someone else will appreciate you reaching out, and will have experiences of their own to share with you.
What can I do now to get help or advice?
Lifeline: 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au
Mensline: 1300 78 99 78 or www.mensline.org.au
SANE: 1800 187 263 or www.sane.org.au
Beyondblue Support Services: 1300 22 46 36 or www.beyondblue.org.au
Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467
Just remember – your life is important to someone and there is always hope just around the corner.
Please be aware that the information on this website is not meant for use as a substitute for professional medical advice.