For, by, and about people with multiplicity, dissociation, and amnesia

General Crisis Links & Support

Crisis Support

Additional resources for the talk ‘Supporting Someone in a Dissociative Crisis’ by Sarah K Reece, first delivered at the International Hearing Voices Congress in Melbourne 2013. Most of these links are to articles published on Sarah’s personal blog, where they can be easily shared or directly printed using the options at the end of the post. If you haven’t heard this talk but are in crisis or supporting someone in crisis, please look through this page to find further resources for your situation. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact me at sarah@di.org.au but please be aware I may take a week or more to respond! More immediate help can be found through the following services:

In Australia try

  • Lifeline 13 11 14 (free from landlines and mobiles)
  • ACIS 13 14 65 for mental health emergencies
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25)
  • Or 000 for an ambulance if you know the person is in life threatening danger and where they are

In America they have the suicide prevention lifeline on 1800 273 8255.

If you’re affected by suicide – either yourself or by someone else and need to talk, the suicide call-back service can be helpful – obviously these ones aren’t for immediate crisis. http://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

My (Sarah) personal approaches to crisis

Staying safe in a crisis when you don’t have support

Using black humour to stop crises building momentum

Survival lessons about managing crisis from people who survive extreme environments

Not getting gung-ho about treatment

Self care & a myth of Crisis Mode – understanding the power and risks of going into crisis mode

Trauma Recovery information and links

For those of us who are supporting other people

It can be helpful to remember that crisis is not always a bad thing.

One definition is that it is merely the interruption of a pattern. Sometimes patterns have been destructive or limiting, and through crisis we find more freedom and hope. Even in instances where crisis was terrible, there can be silver linings – I have reflected that in my own history:

Crisis has at times been the best thing that could have happened

It can also help to remember to remember that dissociation is not always pathological or the cause of the crisis but is sometimes a very helpful, even life saving, response to a crisis:

Dissociation is a super power

More about causes and responses to specific types of crisis:

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