Resources for the parent who feels they can't cope

Parenting can be hard work sometimes. Some days we can feel overwhelmed. Sometimes days turn to weeks, or longer. Sometimes we doubt ourselves and our ability to cope with being a parent. This is normal. Find a friend, relative or professional to talk to and debrief with. Take some time out.  Do something for yourself.

If, however, you are feeling so overwhelmed that you are thinking about hurting yourself or your child, you need to get some professional help and support quickly. It is not hard to get help. You can talk to your Family Doctor, a Psychologist or Counsellor.

If you have made a plan to hurt yourself or your child, or if you are considering ending either of your lives you are in an emergency situation and you need immediate help. 

Do not delay. Pick up the phone and call someone. If you do not know anyone you trust to call immediately for help there are still options.

Even though you feel alone right now and like no one understands you or could possible help, there are people out there who have felt as you do now and have worked through it with support. 

There are people you can call who will listen to you without judgement and who will be able to help you figure out a plan to make things better.

In Australia

Lifeline  13 11 14   24 hours/ 7 days
Beyond Blue  1300 22 4636  24 hours/ 7 days
Emergency Serivces  000

In New Zealand

Lifeline   0800 543 354  24 hours/ 7 days 

Emergency Serivces 111

In the UK & ROI

The Samaritans    
08457 90 90 90 * (UK)  24 hours / 7 days
1850 60 90 90 * (ROI)  24 hours / 7 days
Emergency Serivces  999

In the USA

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

1-800-273-8255  24 hours / 7 days
Emergency Services  911

In Canada
1-800-273-8255  24 hours / 7 days

Emergency Services  911