Is your life in danger?
Your life matters.
Trauma can lead to emotional and psychological impacts. It’s important to understand our body’s reaction to trauma so we can heal.
If you are at immediate risk of harm, from someone or yourself, please call emergency services if you can and if it’s safe for you.
While we don’t offer crisis support, we can help connect you to the kind of support service you need.
Get help near you.
We’ve put together a global directory of helplines, organisations and government services that can support you. We keep this updated as we find more, and also change details if things are incorrect when our community tells us.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, consider reaching out to a suicide prevention helpline in your country.
We know at times the pain we experience in life can feel like it is too much, and we may not know how to cope with this pain and how we feel, or even if we can cope. But when we feel like this, there are people, things and experiences out there that can help us process these feelings. Some of us have used resources from Mind, Samaritans and Metanoia online resource to pull us out of our dark moments, and it may help you, too.
If you are able to, consider going to a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or therapist who can support you in this time.
If no one has been able to help, use these techniques to self-regulate.
A personal safety plan can help you deal with moments of crisis, whether you feel like harming yourself or know someone else who is at risk of doing the same. To deal with these feelings and make a plan for our mental and physical safety, we need to bring ourselves back into feelings of calmness. These are just some ideas that may work for you.
- Do breathing and grounding exercises.
- Practising meditation and mindfulness techniques. You can use apps like Headspace and Calm to help you, or there are lots of free videos on YouTube.
- Write or draw out your feelings about life as it is, and reflect on happy moments. Only do this activity if you know this activity will not lead to ruminating on negative feelings.
- If you’ve previously made a list of what stops you from harming yourself, this is the time to read it.
- If being around people is comforting, meet with friends where you feel comfortable. You can also go to a cafe if you feel safe, or watch a comedy movie in a theatre. Being in a public place can also be a physical barrier to hurting yourself.
- If possible and if you feel safe to do so, try some yoga, or get some fresh air, be it through a walk or just sitting outside in nature. Leave the room. Go for a walk. Do yoga. Notice nature and animals around you.
- Talk to a family member, close friend, someone you feel you’re able to confide in, or a pet. Tell them how you want them to react to the things you say and how you feel. Help them be a good listener and support you.
If you’ve tried everything else…
Helplines and support services are always the best place to go to for support, but sometimes they may not give you all the help you need. If you need to, you can email us or get in touch through social media and we’ll do our best to help.