People with eating and body concerns sometimes also experience very high levels of distress or hopelessness. These may lead to thoughts about committing suicide or to self-harm behaviours. Take a moment to think about your levels of distress.
- Have you been struggling to cope with intense feelings of distress?
- Have you felt hopeless, like things will never get better?
- Have you thought about, or wanted to commit suicide (i.e., wanting to end your life)?
- Have you thought about, or engaged in self-harm behaviours (i.e., deliberately hurt yourself)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions or have concerns for your safety, seek immediate help.
- To talk to someone right now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (or go to https://www.lifeline.org.au)
- Support and information service on all aspects of eating disorders, call Eating Disorders Victoria on 1300 550 236
- The Butterfly Foundation also offers a national eating disorders helpline, call on 1800 33 4673
- If you are in an emergency or crisis situation, call emergency services on 000
Physical health and safety
People with eating and body concerns may also have serious physical health problems that require medical attention.
Have you noticed any of the following?
- Weakness and fatigue
- Rapid weight loss
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your health may be at risk. Seek immediate help.
- If you are in an emergency or crisis situation, call emergency services on 000 and request an ambulance
- Go to your local hospital’s emergency department