I need to support a colleague

Emergency help: If you are at risk of harming yourself or others, seek immediate assistance:

  • Call 000 in Australia or 111 in New Zealand.
  • Visit the emergency department at your nearest hospital.
  • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia or 0800 543 354 in New Zealand.

You may have noticed a colleague is having tough time.  Often workmates are best placed to notice changes to a colleague’s mood, behaviour, and routines.  If your colleague is a RCPA Fellow or Trainee, you can refer them to our EAP.

If your colleague is not a RCPA member, they may have access to an EAP via your hospital and/or employer.  Alternatively, there are other support services available listed below.

Other support resources are listed below.

RCPA Trainee Solutions Index

Self-care strategies
Self-care planning for healthcare workers – COVID19 mental health and wellbeing resources

Further support:
Doctors Advisory Service ACT
Project Shift (JMO resource) – Black Dog Institute
This Way Up
Head to Head
Doctors advisory service
AMA (Victoria & Tasmania)
CRANA (Rural and Remote)
Lifeline 13 11 14
BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732
GriefLine 1300 845 745
MensLine 1300 78 99 78
QLife 1800 184 527
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

New Zealand
New Zealand Medical Association
Te Ora Maori Medical Practitioners Association
Lifeline 0800 543 354
Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
Shine Domestic Violence Helpline 0508 744 633
1787, need to talk? 1737 (free to call or text)
Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865

Lifeline 03-42657995
Befrienders 03-7956 8145

Hong Kong
The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong
Suicide Prevention Services

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