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Steps for Staying Safe and Getting Immediate Support

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Steps for Staying Safe and Getting Immediate Support

Follow these steps when you’re worried about your safety or the safety of someone else, or need immediate support. 

STEP ONE

If you need immediate help or your life is in danger call 000.

STEP TWO

If you are in crisis or having difficulty coping contact the services below. They are all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

Suicide Call Back Service

Ph: 1300 659 467

Beyondblue

Ph: 1300 22 46 36

Lifeline

Ph: 13 11 14

Or click here to access Lifeline’s online crisis support chat. Available 7pm-midnight, 7 days a week.

STEP THREE

If you’re in a crisis or having difficulty coping during business hours call a GP to arrange an appointment for that day.

STEP FOUR

If there is a friend or family member who you could contact for help and support, get in touch with them.

OTHER RESOURCES AND IDEAS

When you’re feeling overwhelmed it can be difficult to remember all of the steps you can take to keep yourself safe, so having a written plan can be useful. Click here to create your own coping kit.

Take a look at our blog “What to do When you Feel Swamped by Your Emotions” by clicking here.

Click here for our free mindfulness, breathing and relaxation exercises.

 

About the Author:

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Dr Jacqueline Baulch is a clinical psychologist and the director of Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology. She is passionate about shifting the "hush-hush" atmosphere surrounding mental illness, emotions and vulnerability. Jacqueline believes that open and real conversations can spark hope and healing, and help us to feel less alone in this messy business of being a human.