Getting support is just a call away.
It’s stressing and challenging to help someone with a personality disorder. Despite tireless efforts, at times, nothing seems to change. As a caregiver, you can easily give up. Sometimes you are also not sure when and how to offer your support.
In Australia, you don’t have to struggle alone. Getting support is just a call away. Different services are available in case of an emergency.
Here is a list of the support services for people with personality disorder:
Family and friends
These are the people with the most significant responsibility. Their role is to ensure they give emotional and treatment support to their loved ones.
Psychiatric hospitals in Australia
The hospitals are responsible for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. They also offer emergency services to patients and their caregivers.
Emergency department in health hospital
Helpful when life is in danger and requires immediate help. The emergency department can offer support. However, they do not treat people with personality disorder. They can only provide intervention measures in times of emergency.
Crisis support lines
There are a few crisis support lines that are available 24/7, get help immediately a person with personality disorders shows the following signs: expressing thoughts of killing someone or suicide, does not know where they are, who they are or what day it is, affected by drugs and acting abnormally, or not making any sense or confused.
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
Family Drug Support 1300 368 186
How Do You Know It’s an Emergency?
Call 000 in Australia or visit nearest hospital emergency department if life is in danger.
What Do I do If The Person Resist Help?
Every person above 18 years of age has a right to refuse treatment. However, administer treatment without their consent if they lack the capacity to consent.
In the case where a person resists help, first assess their situation. If the position is not an emergency, try to reason with the person. Show them that your concern about their wellbeing.
Acknowledge their point of view. Be non-judgmental, approachable and open. Listen attentively to their argument. Explain to them politely why they need help. Ask them to share their views on the practical help they would prefer.
In the case where you cannot handle the situation alone, remember to always contact a healthcare team for advice.