Reach Out for Help
When a person is in so much pain (be it physical or psychological) that they are considering suicide, it is unlikely that they see any other way out. Therefore, it is always important to make people aware of the many ways they could reach out for help should they find themselves in such a situation. Ideally, help will be sought long before someone feels driven to the point of suicide, as it can be much more difficult to “get through” to a person who is in an advanced state of hopelessness. Still, no matter how dire the circumstances, it is never too late to get help.
The first groups that most people can look to for support is their family and friends. Sadly, this isn’t always an option. It’s unfortunately true that not everybody has a tight circle that they can rely upon and this may even be a source of their suicidal ideation. Seeking out mental health professionals is a good choice for anyone who is experiencing psychological distress. Psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and even family doctors are trained to help, and they can be found in a variety of locations (hospitals, clinics, private practices). These professionals will provide both immediate support and long-term treatment using credible therapy methods and/or medications.
HK: The Samaritans Hotline: 2896-0000
OZ: Beyond Blue
Lifeline: 13114 Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
aMindset Therapists are also available to assist.
An additional resource for anyone contemplating suicide is the internet. Support groups, crisis counselors and more can now be found online with relative ease. Similarly, suicide support hotlines still exist for those who would prefer telephones for communication. There are many possible sources of support for people experiencing suicidal ideation, but it can still seem impossible to get help from their perspective. Accordingly, friends and family members of anyone who is at risk of suicide should not hesitate to reach out and offer help before they need to be asked.
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