Reasons to seek help
It can be hard to know when you should seek help for a mental health issue. A good place to start is to get advice from your GP. Getting help early can make a difference. In an emergency call 000 or visit your local Emergency Department.
- When your persistent thoughts, emotions or behaviours are affecting your relationships, work or sense of mental health and wellbeing;
- If you are finding it hard to deal with life’s challenges – such as a major illness, the loss of a loved one, parenting, relationship difficulties or problems at work;
- If you have been feeling down, sad, or anxious and these feelings are not going away after a few weeks;
- If you have noticed you have low energy and lack motivation to do the things you normally do;
- When the use of alcohol or other drugs interferes with your health, emotions, relationships, finances, job or your ability to fulfil your daily responsibilities;1
- Family and friends say they have noticed a change in your behaviour;
- If you are feeling ashamed or embarrassed to speak to someone close to you about how you are really feeling;
- If you believe it is too late to get help because it seems things have gone too far;
- When you are having suicidal thoughts or if you are worried you might hurt yourself or someone else, there are several things you can do:
- if it is an emergency call 000.
- talk to someone you trust and ask for their help.
- call a support line such as:
- Mental Health Emergency Response Line – 1300 555 788 (Metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel)
- Rurallink – 1800 522 002
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
- Kids Helpline (5 to 25 year olds) 1800 55 1800
- beyondblue: 1300 224 626
- Suicide call back service: 1300 659 467
- seek help from your GP; and
- look at the Self-help for suicidal feelings tip sheet.
Don’t let embarrassment prevent you from seeking help at times when you are upset or feeling down. Getting help early can make a difference.
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yourmentalhealth.ie [Internet]. Ireland: c2017. Reasons to seek help [cited Oct 2017]. Available from: http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/about-mental-health/ups-downs-of-mental-health/reasons-to-seek-help/
Black Dog Institute [Internet]. New South Wales (Australia): Black Dog Institute; c2017. When to seek help [cited 2017 Dec 1]. Available from: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/getting-help/seeking-help/when-to-seek-help
Content last updated: 15 May 2017