If you are experiencing or witnessing a crisis that is placing a life in danger, then call emergency services on 000

A crisis is someone’s personal reaction to and experience or event that they find distressing and hard to cope with.

This could be the loss of a loved one, a relationship breakdown, a health issue, being subjected to or witnessing violence, post traumatic stress, an accident, a natural disaster or the symptoms of the onset of a mental health issue such as extreme anxiety or depression.

We all deal with adverse events and experiences differently. Some people can take things in their stride, while others struggle to cope. If a crisis is not dealt with, it can lead to longer lasting mental health issues as well as impacting you on a personal, social or physical way.

The good news is there are dedicated crisis support lines you can call if you don’t have someone you feel you can turn to.

You have options including :

Lifeline operates a 24/7 crisis support lines 13 11 14

Tasmanian mental services hotline 1800 332 388

Visit your GP and tell them how you are feeling.

Talking to someone about your experience can go a long way to reducing the anxiety and help you gain perspective as you move forward. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a family member or friend, then try your GP or give lifeline a call.

If the crisis involves personal physical danger, try to remove yourself from the situation or reach out to someone who can help you stay safe.

Getting help to manage your crisis via counselling, medical means or peer support networks and self help programs will all help you through a crisis.

Whether it’s a mental, physical or financial crisis, there are people and organisations throughout the Meander Valley that are here to help.

Making a plan and setting small goals to work towards, remembering to eat well, get some gentle exercise and decent sleep are all effective elements to working through a crisis experience, as is reaching out for help.