Crisis: What to do in a mental health crisis—helping yourself and helping colleagues

It's a dark hole…there’s literally no way out.

Yes, that’s what it feels like—every which way you look, all you can see is a wall, up and down, all there is, is darkness…

If you think that you have reached this stage, you need to do something urgently.  If not for yourself, then for your former self, that person who was once happy, that person who had dreams of a life you once knew…

Find someone you can talk to, someone that you trust…friends, family, acquaintances who’ve been there before. You just need someone who can listen to you, reflect your thoughts, and help you get some perspective on what is going on in your mind.

If you can’t think of anyone immediately, there are options available:

If there is urgent danger to yourself or someone you know, phone 111.

Mental Health Foundation community crisis numbers

Lifeline | 0800 543 354 or (09) 522 2999

Suicide Prevention Helpline | 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOK0)

Youthline | 0800 376 633

Samaritans |    0800 726 666        Lower North Island, Nelson, Christchurch and West Coast.

04 472 3676          All other areas