If you, or someone you care about, need help now, here are some places to try; many have text or online chat options available too:
- Dial 000, your local doctor, ambulance or hospital emergency department
- Mental health emergency: phone 13 14 65 (available 24 hours, seven days a week)
- Suicide Call Back Service (24/7 counselling to people who are affected by suicide): phone 1300 569 467
- phone 13 11 14
In the service of your well being and safety, I encourage you to be discerning about where you go to for information, and how often you do so.
- Australian Government’s National Coronavirus Helpline: phone 1800 020 080
- GPs are able to do telehealth appointments until the end of September
- Health Direct: phone 1800022222
General mental health support
- SANE Helpline: phone 1800 187 263
- Aboriginal Community Connect: phone 1800 615 677
- phone 13 11 14
- Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETTS) phone 1800013755 (5pm -11:30pm)
- Mensline Australia phone 1300 780 978, any time
Domestic violence & family relationships
- Domestic violence hotline (there is a button to press there if you need to close the screen immediately): White Ribbon
- Family relationship advice line: phone 1800050321
- RESPECT domestic violence hotline: phone 1800 737 732
Help for parents, children and young people
- Pregnancy birth and baby helpline: phone 1800882436 for information and counselling
- Parentline Australia: phone 1300301300 for support, counselling and parent education
- Tresilian: phone 0297870855 for advice for parents of children aged 0-5 (from Child and Family Health Nurses)
- An animated comic for children (and adults) exploring staying safe from coronovirus
- Reach Out
- : phone 1800 551 800
- QLife: phone 1800 184 527 (web chats and phone counselling available 3pm to midnight daily) – a counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex
International hotline numbers
- Befrienders international suicide help (enter your country to find a support hotline)
- United Kingdom 116 123
- United States 1-800-273-8255
- Canada 1 800 456 4566
- Ireland 116 123
- Philippines 2919
The human brain has evolved to help us both be independent, and to seek social connection. So there are times to manage on your own, and times – many, many, many times – to reach out for help.
Don’t give up, you don’t need to do this alone. The world needs you. You need you.
Sometimes depression and shame can make it feel impossible to ask for help.
If someone you care about is struggling, or even if they just seem a bit different, or they’ve
withdrawn, then do check in with them.