Mod. Notice Depressed? Anxious? Call Beyond Blue (1300 224636), Lifeline (131114), resources in OP

Michaels

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Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

Lifeline - 13 11 14


More than 3 million Australians suffer from depression and anxiety. We here at Bigfooty would like to strongly urge people in this situation to seek the assistance of friends, family or the dedicated staff at several organisations who are more than willing to listen.

You can call either Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time.

If you would like more information please visit www.beyondblue.org.au or www.lifeline.org.au.

Theres an apropriate discussion thread on the subject here

Mental Health resources: (Thanks @Proper Gander)

Beyond Blue – call 1 300 22 4636

OR use this form to make contact by email at https://online.beyondblue.org.au/WebModules/Email/InitialInformation.aspx

AND for general information about Beyond Blue, depression, anxiety and related issues go to the Beyond Blue website at https://www.beyondblue.org.au/


Lifeline – call 13 11 14

OR use the online chat service at https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/online-services/crisis-chat (between the hours of 7PM and 4AM EST)

AND for general information about Lifeline, and tools and resources for managing stress, depression anxiety and related issues go to the Lifeline website at https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Kids Helpline

Phone: 1800 55 1800
Email: counsellor@kidshelpline.com.au
Web chat: https://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/get-help/webchat-counselling/


Other telephone resources to consider are:

Suicide call Back Service – 1 300 659 467 and

Mensline Australia – 1 300 789 978

Further:

Another useful resource to explore is mindhealthconnect – which is an Australian Government supported information and support network which can help guide you to the specific resources, information and assistance for your needs.

Find mindhealthconnect at http://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/

EMERGENCY / CRISIS CONTACTS by State and Territory

These numbers above are important for anybody who is experiencing a mental health crisis or caring for someone experiencing a mental health crisis. This could include the emergence, or flare-up, of a psychotic episode, or risk of self-harm, or suicidal feelings or loss of control.

The State or Territory crisis line will provide expert support, and help work out with you what services can best help. This could be your own doctor, or if required presenting at a community health service or a hospital emergency department. In some cases, a Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT Team) may be sent to wherever you or the affected person is located at the time.

YOU CAN ALSO ACCESS EMERGENCY SUPPORT FOR A MENTAL HEALTH EPISODE BY CALLING 000 AT ANY TIME

ALCOHOL and DRUG Addition

There are numerous support services and networks available. The best place to go as a first stop is the Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) at http://www.adin.com.au/

Amongst other things, ADIN has a large support services directory where you can search for help and support for particular issues by location.

If you would like to talk to someone at once, contact Counselling ONLINE – an Australian Government funded program operated by Turning Point. Amongst other things, Counselling ONLINE offers online one on one counselling as well as forum discussion and assistance. The website can be found at https://www.counsellingonline.org.au/


OR BY PHONE…

If your preference is to speak to someone by phone, you can contact a 24 hour Alcohol and Drug information services in your state:

ACT (02) 6207 9977

NSW 1800 422 599 (regional) or (02) 9361 8000 (metropolitan)

NT 1800 131 350

QLD 1800 177 833 (regional) or (07) 3837 5989 (metropolitan)

SA 1300 131 340

TAS 1800 811 994

VIC 1800 888 236

WA 1800 198 024 (regional) or (08) 9442 5000 (metropolitan)


GAMBLING SUPPORT

There are numerous support services and networks available specific to issues related to gambling. The best starting point online is Gambling Help Online at https://www.gamblinghelponline.org.au/ which provides information, online support and assistance.

To speak to someone about gambling issues, call 1800 858 858

All of the above resources are free and confidential
 

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telsor

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You can also call 000 if you or someone around you is in crisis. Tell them it's a mental health issue and they'll put you through to the triage service (this works in Vic, I assume it's in all states).


Also, I have a LONG history of depression/anxiety related mental health problems including suicide attempts and a spell as an involuntary guest in the psych ward...So if anyone wants a chat with someone who's been there, feel free to get in touch. (nb. I have no professional qualifications and don't claim any expertise, just experience and a willingness to listen.)
 

Jack Miles

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Really well done on posting this info. Great to see this important info given prominence.

I would just like to add that there's also some fantastic resources around taking "preventative" steps, and working to improve mental health before it gets to crisis stage, or maintain better mental health in general (just like taking steps to stay physically healthy is good to ward off physical illness and injury). I can HIGHLY recommend the Act Belong Commit program/organisation. Take a looksy here https://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/. There's scope to get deeply involved in what they do, or merely take some pointers from the materials and apply them yourself as you want, or anything in between.
 

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You can also call 000 if you or someone around you is in crisis. Tell them it's a mental health issue and they'll put you through to the triage service (this works in Vic, I assume it's in all states).


Also, I have a LONG history of depression/anxiety related mental health problems including suicide attempts and a spell as an involuntary guest in the psych ward...So if anyone wants a chat with someone who's been there, feel free to get in touch. (nb. I have no professional qualifications and don't claim any expertise, just experience and a willingness to listen.)
That's fantastic, telsor.
Talking about your experience is THE best thing that you can do.
You can't fight it if you don't acknowledge it.
That said, halfway through last Sunday the Black Dog bit me... out of nowhere and I haven't really taken my own advice, mainly because the wife's mother got moved to a dementia ward on Saturday, she's got enough worries.
It's a weird empty feeling.
 

Waca Jr

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Only found out yesterday my old man has been battling depression for two years. Had no idea. Still a long way to go, but just goes to show you would not know from the outside looking in. Be kind to people, smile, say gday ask how someone is feeling and be prepared to listen. It might save their life.
 

Nobby

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That's fantastic, telsor.
Talking about your experience is THE best thing that you can do.
You can't fight it if you don't acknowledge it.
That said, halfway through last Sunday the Black Dog bit me... out of nowhere and I haven't really taken my own advice, mainly because the wife's mother got moved to a dementia ward on Saturday, she's got enough worries.
It's a weird empty feeling.
Going through something similar myself, told a Psych I'm not nervous, just really angry and he said it's the same as nervous so I went from 'passing' the psych screening to showing I needed help.

Everyone has been so supportive, it has been brilliant to know, especially given the hardest part was talking to them and saying I'm not coping, especially work.

Hope you've taken the steps to seek help, I know from my experience theres always an excuse why I didn't sooner, I'm jsut glad I did before I ended up like a couple of mates who were admitted to a facility unable to talk as they'd completely shut down.
 
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