HELP

Suicide Hotlines are there for you if you're the person who is thinking about suicide or you're the loved one of this person and you're worried about them.  They'll talk with you to help you gain perspective on what is happening to you or around you.

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CENTRES

Mental Health Crisis Centres specialise in urgent and life-threatening situations, like impending suicide, talking about or threatening suicide, making attempts to hurt or kill oneself, and other worrying behaviours.  If you fear that someone you know is in danger of harming themselves, please get help from a mental health professional as soon as possible.  It is far better to raise the alarm too soon, than wait until it's too late.   Please bear in mind that to many young people,  setbacks, arguments and dramas often seem far more significant to the young person going through it than adults around them realise. They can have incredibly harmful impacts upon their lives, producing feelings of hopelessness, inadequacy, depression and anxiety, and other symptoms, which can all lead to suicide.  Don't wait to get help.

HELP FOR PARENTS

If you are dealing with an urgent and/or life-threatening situation, do not hesitate.  Please call your national emergency phone number immediately.  It's better to over-react and possibly be mistaken than to fail to act and suffer dire consequences.  The numbers are as follows;

Australia - 000

Canada - 911

New Zealand - 111

South Africa - 10 111

UK - 999

USA - 911

ADVOCATES

Your local Suicide Hotline can provide you with information on Intervention Counsellors and can also direct you towards Mental Health Advocates who can help you navigate through mental health systems.  An advocate will provide you and your family with support and guidance in an area with which you may be unfamiliar. 

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