Noticing what’s going on
- Deliberately withdrawing and avoiding contact from whānau and friends
- Feeling like a burden
- Feeling like I can't cope
- Losing interest in things I usually enjoy
- Drinking to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings
- Getting into arguments
- Feeling like I don't deserve help
- Sleeping a lot more than usual, or not getting enough sleep
How do my thoughts, moods or behaviours change when things get really bad?
What are my warning signs that tell me I should take action?
My reasons to live
- My religion or spirituality
- My pets
- My tamariki/children or mokopuna/ grandchildren
- Things I haven't done yet, that I'm looking forward to
- My job or volunteer work
- Something I believe in
- Someone I love
- My whānau or friends
When I’m feeling bad, what are the things I can remember that are worth living for?
- Get rid of things I might use to hurt myself – throw them away, lock them up or give them to someone.
- Connect with someone who makes me feel safe – this could be calling a friend, whānau member or helpline counsellor or asking someone to stay with you.
How can I keep myself safe?
What I can do by myself?
- Sing a waiata
- Say a karakia/ prayer
- Write down how I am feeling
- Play with a pet
- Do some exercise
- Practice breathing exercises or meditation
- Have a coffee or cup of tea
- Watch a movie
- Do some gardening
- Take a shower or bath
- Treat myself to a small thing I usually enjoy
- Go for a walk
- Listen to music that makes me feel good
How can I distract myself from these thoughts?
What are some things I’ll be able to do even when I’m feeling really low?
Who can I connect with?
- Call, txt or message a friend
- Spend time with the people I trust
- Make contact with people who can help such as my GP, counsellor or a helpline service I trust.
Who can I connect with that will help lift my mood?
Make a list of supportive people you can talk to and their contact details.
If you’re working with a doctor, counsellor or peer support worker, write their details down too.
If you don’t know who you can talk to, try phoning a helpline or texting a text counselling service.
Who can I call? What are their contact details?
The following services offer free support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can also connect you to other places and people that can help.
Need to talk?
Free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor, any time
0800 543 354 for counselling and support or free text 4357 for counselling and support
0800 726 666 for someone who will listen
0800 111 757 or free text 4202 to talk to a trained counsellor
0800 376 633, free text 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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