Welcome to the latest instalment in our Awkward Conversations series.
Awkward Conversations is an IMPACT Community Services' initiative where we explore some of the challenging issues happening in homes across the region.
Today we look at a mental health scenario and the thought that can sometimes cross our minds: "What's the point?"
Question: "I've been having a really hard time lately and I’m finding it difficult to see the point in living. I'm not sure any of my friends want to hear about it… I know no-one will miss me. There’s got to be more to life than this. What should I do?"
Response: "You've reached out to me for advice, and that's a great start. Everyone struggles at some point, and while I'm here for you on a personal level, I'm not qualified professionally and my advice might not be the best way to help you. I am just wondering if you have a plan to harm yourself, and if you have the means to complete that plan? If you tell that me that you have a plan and the means, I will have to call emergency services for assistance.
I think it would help to reach out a little further to a doctor for a mental health assessment. A GP would be able to refer you to someone with the right knowledge to help you best. I can even drive you to the doctor's once an appointment has been made if you'd prefer. If you ever feel like you need someone to talk to and nobody is around, you can always phone Lifeline 24 hours a day on 13 11 14 or the suicide call back number on 1300 659 497."
Make sure you keep an eye out as we explore more important topics in coming weeks. Our responses are purely hypothetical; each person's case will be different and what might be the right decision for one person may not be for another.
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