The worst thing you can do when you are worried about a potential medical emergency is not to get on the phone and ask a doctor to help.
So why are you doing it?
Why are you worrying?
Why aren’t you taking a step back?
It is not a pleasant experience.
You are in the throes of an intense fear that has gripped your body for months.
It is an emotional state that you cannot fully control.
You feel helpless and scared, even though you know that you can handle it.
But as you approach the end of the call and the doctor begins to talk, you are able to relax and focus.
You realise that he or she has been there to help you and they know your needs and are here to listen.
They know that your fears are normal and that you are not alone.
And they know that, if you ask for help, they will listen.
There are a number of things you can try to get a doctor involved.
You can call the doctor’s office, the emergency department, the hospital or the nearest emergency centre.
If you cannot reach them, ask the hospital for a referral.
If the doctor is not able to help, there are a variety of other options, including calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
The National Suicide Research Centre is the only mental health service in Australia that is fully funded and fully operational.
We can provide a wide range of support services including counselling, advice and referral to support groups and suicide prevention groups, and we have a range of resources, including crisis intervention, confidential crisis support, helplines, resources and helpline hotlines.
If you or anyone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
You will be connected to an experienced counsellor to discuss what is best for you and what you need to do to get through this crisis.
We can also support you to plan an appropriate response.
If your thoughts, feelings or behaviour are worrying you, consider contacting Lifeline.
You can contact Lifline for more information at 1300 659 888.