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. Learn to support others with free online suicide prevention training – QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). QPR is available to residents in South Eastern NSW. Find out more!

Remember that 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 and if you're feeling overwhelmed, seek extra support.
  • Talk to someone you trust to help put things into perspective.
  • Develop an action plan and write it down.
  • Take care of yourself and try to get back to your normal routine. Eat, exercise, and sleep.
  • Get help and lean on family and friends. 
  • Consider professional help if you don't feel some return to normal after four weeks.
  • Support children by providing comfort, limiting exposure to media, and encouraging questions.

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QUESTION, PERSUADE, REFER (QPR)

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training is a FREE one-hour online course available to residents in South Eastern NSW to learn the 3 simple steps to help prevent suicide. Learn:

  • 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.

Click here to enrol in FREE QPR online training. To find out more about QPR training and becoming suicide aware, click here.

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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 headtohealth.gov.au.
  • call a free telephone health coaching service such as Get Healthy NSW on 1300 806 258.
  • download a free self-help app to manage drug and alcohol concerns such as Hello Sunday Morning.
  • get facts about alcohol and other drugs on the Your Room website.

 

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FIND LOCAL SUPPORT OPTIONS

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

Have you been impacted by bushfires? It can help to talk about what you’ve been through and how you’re feeling. Find out more on our bushfire support page.

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CALL AN EXISTING HELPLINE

If you are concerned for your immediate safety or the safety of others, please dial 000 or visit your nearest emergency department.

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.