Lots of people have suicidal thoughts at some stage in their life. The important thing is to try and remember they’re just thoughts and you don’t have to act on them. Keep yourself safe and always reach out and talk to someone about it.

If you need help right now call LifeLine on 13 11 14 or access their online chat service here.

 

It can often seem like there’s no way out, but there are lots of things you can do to pull yourself through these dark times.

Life can be beautiful but it can be painful too. It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, alone and hopeless at times. Things like family problems, death, breakups, emotional, physical or sexual abuse and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar, depression and anxiety are just some of the contributing factors to feelings of hopelessness. It can often seem like there’s no way out, but there are lots of things you can do to pull yourself through these dark times.

DISTRACT YOURSELF

Go for a walk. Call a friend. Listen to music. Join a netball team. Watch a documentary about bees. Anything. Try and fill your day with as many small activities as you can. Set yourself small goals (it might only be getting a coffee with a friend) and reward yourself once you’ve done them.

TELL SOMEONE

This is a hard step but a really important one. It’s probably the last thing you feel like doing but it can be the point that things start to turn around. Call a crisis line, speak to a school counsellor or talk to a friend or family member you can trust. It’s possible that friends and family won’t know what to say, or won’t believe you. But keep trying until you find someone who does. Seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist can also be a great way to cope with tough times. 

LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Good food and a bit of exercise can greatly improve your mood. It’s also important to steer clear of drugs and alcohol, as they can make you more impulsive and put you at risk of making bad decisions. Getting drunk or high might also make you feel better, however the feeling is only temporary and chances are you’ll feel a lot worse when you sober up. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and feeling down give us a call and we will listen.
Call us directly on 1800 458 685 if you need to chat about anything. 

OTHERS WHO CAN HELP

Kids Helpline
Age: 5-25
To talk to someone about anything that’s going on in your life. Kids Helpline has phone counselling 24/7.
1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

eheadspace
Age: 12-25
To talk to someone and get advice about tough issues
1800 650 890
www.eheadspace.org.au

More links to others who can help here