Visit a Hospital Emergency Department

You should go to your nearest hospital emergency department if you or someone you are with is experiencing a suicidal crisis and require immediate attention. 

You can visit a hospital emergency department 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Public hospital emergency departments in Brisbane North region:
Private hospital emergency departments in Brisbane North region: (please note, you will need to be able to pay for your care)

You can find your closest emergency department by visiting the National Health Services Directory.

What to expect when you visit a hospital emergency department
  • When you arrive, a triage nurse will conduct a brief assessment to determine the urgency of your condition.
  • You may later undergo a more detailed assessment by a mental health professional.
  • The time it takes for you to be seen will depend on your condition and the number and urgency of other people waiting.
  • During peak times, the emergency department can be a busy and noisy place. This can affect how long it takes for you to be seen by a doctor and can be stressful. Strongly consider taking a trusted family member, friend or other support person with you.
  • If the doctor determines that treatment as an inpatient of the hospital is best for you, you will be admitted to the hospital. You can read more about being admitted to hospital here.
  • If the doctor feels you don't need to be admitted to hospital, you will be able to leave the emergency department. It is preferable that this is with a carer or support person.