When someone is in a mental health crisis, they maybe of risk to themselves.
You need to ask the questions:
If the person is having thoughts of hurting or killing themselves right NOW, please call an ambulance on 000 or take the person to an Emergency
Department or a GP. It is important not to leave this person alone until they get help.
If a person says yes they are having thoughts of hurting or killing themselves but are not thinking of acting on these thoughts, they maybe reluctant to go due to past experiences or not feeling sure about what will happen to them.
Things you could do:
Assist the person to contact –
Lifeline 24hr counselling 13 11 14
Suicide call back service 1300 659 467
Youthline suicide 1800 350 670
Support the person by reassuring them that the person they contact is there to listen.
They will not be judged.
They will not think the person is crazy.
What they will do is listen and give them some understanding into what is happening for them.
Ring now – they are available 24/7