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The deadly and unspoken pandemic
There have been several times in my life where I have been struck by the crippling news of suicide. News that has brought me undone, broken my spirit and shattered my heart. Even my own skeletons have had their fair share of questioning my existence and had me contemplating options for an ‘easy out’. But this is in no way ‘easy’ for those left behind, the constant grief and heartbreak often changing the path of loved ones lives forever, broken spirits forced to go on with the dark shadows of loss constantly at their back.
It is this exact situation that is no doubt contributing to the suicide rates especially that many have lost their jobs, their livelihoods, many businesses being forced to close their doors and support feeling so far away with the current restrictions.
So what support is out there for those suffering in silence? There are many great initiatives, and we encourage anyone to reach out and ask for help when needed. Support is there for a reason and is vital for maintaining a balance of physical and mental health.
If you are having difficulty understanding or controlling your emotions, or experience suicidal thoughts, please go to your nearest Emergency department where you can be helped by trained professionals with experience of supporting people in crisis.
Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
The Mental Health Line is a 24-hour telephone service. You can call any time day or night. A trained professional can help and refer you to services and programs.
Support during COVID-19
You are not alone during this time of uncertainty. Call:
Lifeline 13 11 14 lifeline.org.au
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 kidshelpline.com.au
Beyondblue 1800 512 348 coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
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