This page has been set up as a resource for those who find themselves in an Emergency situation. As medical students, we will find ourselves in many different situations. Whether it be our peers, our patients or even ourselves, knowing what support there is and what to do will make it easier for us to deal with these different circumstances. For someone who has a deteriorating mental health condition, they may look to suicide or self harm. This page is designed to provide an avenue of action for those who find themselves in this situation or those that find a friend in this situation. In any case, there is always something you can do, even talking to them can be effective
Crisis and Suicide
LifeLine – 13 11 14
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services
Free, professional, confidential support offered 24 hours a day 7 days a week for people considering suicide (Victoria only)
Grief Line – 03 9935-7400
Australia’s only dedicated grief helpline service that provides counselling support services free of charge to individuals and families. These include: telephone support; online counselling; in-house one on one counselling; education and training and health support programs.
The telephone HelpLine provides support, information and referral to people with anxiety disorders and their families and carers, and mental health care providers.
Overdose and Poisoning
Poison Information Centre 13 11 26
This hotline provides advice to people regarding poisoning, overdose, prescription medicine use and stings/bites from dangerous animals. Information provided includes telephone assessment, first aid advice, referral to doctors and referral to hospitals.