Feeling overwhelmed with Lyme disease and everything it brings is not something you need to bear alone. Living with Lyme disease can be like a rollercoaster ride with lots of ups and downs. With the chaos comes many unexpected feelings and emotions.
We are so glad you have had the courage to reach out for help and recognise that different services or people can help with the complex needs that come with Lyme disease.
We have different options to help you get the support you need.
If you are feeling suicidal right NOW, please call for help:
- Lifeline 13 11 14 is a national 24-hour telephone helpline offering support to anyone in immediate crisis.
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467 Provide immediate phone, online chat, and video chat support to anyone feeling suicidal. They can also provide ongoing support sessions that will provide you with longer term support.
If you are feeling like things are out of your control and need help to manage your medical needs, a professional and independent patient advocate might be able to assist you.
If you have complex medical or emotional needs and can’t see a way through it all, a professional counsellor can help you think clearly and develop a plan to move forward.
If you need help to understand your diagnosis, manage your treatment or medications list and want to talk to someone, we can connect you with a community carer – that’s another person who has had a lived experience of Lyme disease.
If a Lyme patient you know has died by suicide and you need support, please reach out to StandBy Support After Suicide. They provide support to anyone who has been impacted by suicide at any stage in their life including individuals, family, friends, witnesses, schools, workplaces and community groups.
Tell us about your situation, so we can help!