What if I am suicidal or suffering a serious mental illness? Can you help me?

If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call Lifeline at 13 11 14 (in Australia) or one of the international suicide crisis lines from this Wikipedia page.

I am certified in Mental Health First Aid. However, my services are not mental health services.

If you come to me for help and show signs of a serious mental illness or suicidal thoughts, I will refer you to an appropriate medical/mental health professional. It would be incompatible with my ethics and those of the International Coaching Federation to work with clients who are in danger of harming themselves or others. If, after a review by a mental health professional, it is determined (in writing) that coaching would be a helpful supplement to other treatment, then I will gladly work with you.

Please be wary of any coach (or anyone, for that matter) who tries to tell you that you can simply ‘live, laugh, love’ or ‘manifest’ your way out of a severe mental crisis.

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