Life doesn’t always go according to plan

Mental health or drug and alcohol concerns can happen to anyone, and it can strongly affect a person's behaviour, physical health, relationships, ability to do work, and even their feelings and perceptions of the world. With the right support, things can improve.

If you or someone you know needs support, there are options available, including completing free online community suicide prevention training - QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer).

Help is available, and you can reach out, at any time.

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TIPS TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

  • Allow time - to regain a sense of normality.
  • Recognise when it's getting too much - if you're feeling overwhelmed, seek support. Allow yourself extra time to get things done.
  • Talk - talking about your emotions can help put things into perspective.
  • Take care of yourself - eat well, exercise and sleep. Try to get back to your normal routine. 
  • Lean on family and friends - strong support networks can provide emotional or practical support.
  • Support children - provide comfort and allow them to talk or ask questions.

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TALK TO SOMEONE YOU TRUST INCLUDING YOUR DOCTOR

When you are experiencing stress or worry, or feeling overwhelmed, it can help to talk about what you are going through.

Talking to people you trust can be a good source of support. If you are not comfortable doing this, there are other people that can help including your doctor.

Your doctor will also be able to advise you about online therapies and self-help options available near you.

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FIND ONLINE SUPPORT & RESOURCES

  • Visit the Australian Government's digital mental health gateway - the Head to Health website. It brings together apps, online programs, online forums, phone supports, treatment options and resources at www.headtohealth.gov.au
  • download a free self-help app such as Hello Sunday Morning
  • call a free telephone coaching service such as Get Healthy NSW on 1300 806 258
  • get facts about alcohol and other drugs on the Your Room website

 

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FIND LOCAL SUPPORTS AVAILABLE

Mental health and suicide prevention, as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation are key priority areas for COORDINARE. For information on services within South Eastern NSW you can:

Anyone impacted by the recent bushfires can access Medicare bushfire recovery counselling. Find out more and view a list of services here.

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FIND TRAINING OPTIONS, INCLUDING FREE SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING

Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) training, is a FREE one-hour online course to learn the 3 simple steps to help save a life from suicide. It will provide you with:

  • knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that somebody may be suicidal
  • confidence to talk to them about suicidal thoughts
  • ability to connect them with professional care.

Claim your FREE QPR license and complete online training here. Or to find out more about QPR training and becoming suicide aware, click here.

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CALL AN EXISTING HELPLINE

This campaign has been localised by COORDINARE. It is based on a similar campaign by Murrumbidgee PHN and we thank them for allowing us to do this.