Spinal Cord Injury: Mental Health

The sudden life changes that accompany a spinal cord injury can have a massive impact on your mental health. On this episode, Dom explains to us how he struggled and ultimately managed his depression, anger and fear. We also speak to Dr. Adrienne Epps, Senior Staff Specialist and Head of Rehab2Kids at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, for additional strategies for coping with mental health challenges.

If you are in a crisis and need immediate help, please reach out to the resources listed below:

  • Lifeline: Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to online, phone and face-to- face crisis support and suicide prevention services. Visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/. For 24 hour telephone support, call 13 11 14.
  • Kids Helpline: You can reach out to Kids Help Line at any time through phone, email or online to talk about anything. Visit https://kidshelpline.com.au/ or call 1800 55 1800.
  • Beyondblue: Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Visit https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
  • Black Dog Institute: The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. Check out their many resources online at https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

For US listeners, if you are in a crisis and need immediate help,

  • Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room
  • Text “START” to 741-741 or Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, confidential, free of charge
  • Go to your local healthcare provider or school’s counseling center (during business hours) or call campus security or the emergency number provided

For more information go to: www.northcott.com.au

Special thanks to:

Dom Freestone http://www.freewheeler.com.au/

Dr Adrienne Epps,
Senior Medical Staff Specialist and Head of Department, Rehab2Kids, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, MBBS, FRACP, FAFRM

Deborah Woodforde,
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (B.app.Sc (Physiotherapy)), Paediatric Spinal Outreach Service.

Isabel Chapman,
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, NSW Paediatric Spinal Outreach Service BaAppSci (Phty) Hons, PGCert (Phty) Paeds

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