If the person is at risk of self-harm or suicide
- Contact Emergency Services on 000
- Stay with them until the emergency services arrive
If immediate safety is not at risk
- Contact UOW 24 Hour Wellbeing Support Line with the person you are supporting
- If the person does not wish to speak to a UOW service you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
You may find it tough supporting someone with a mental health issue and even avoid discussing what they are experiencing because you don't know what to say, or you're afraid about saying the wrong thing.
Supporting them and acknowledging how they feel can make a real difference, even if it is just staying in contact, listening and showing you are there. There is no 'one size fits all' model for supporting someone who is in distress.
The Headspace website features more information on what to look out for and how to support those you are concerned about, with resources on a range of topics from mental health, substance abuse, work/life balance and physical health.