What should I do?

If you need urgent help from the police, ambulance or fire brigade CALL Triple Zero 000

Ambulance officers will not notify police unless they are prevented from performing their duties or a crime is being committed. If you need both an ambulance AND the police make sure you tell the operator this before you hang up, or ring Triple Zero 000 again and ask for the services you need.

What should you do if…

Scenario 1— someone you just met said they’d take care of your drunk friend?

My friends and I were drinking at our apartment and decided to head down to the beach. We had already agreed on a plan to look out for each other.

We had been dancing on the beach for a while when a group of older guys walked past, whistling and calling out to us, so we waved them over to join us.

My friend started feeling really sick all of a sudden and puked everywhere. Everyone started laughing, but one of the guys came over and asked if she was OK and led her away from the group. A couple of us started to follow her but he said they didn't need to worry ‘cause he'd look after her.

What should I do?

As tempting as it is to go back to dancing, don’t leave your friends alone with someone you don’t know well. You don't know what their motives are. Make sure you and your friends have a safety plan and stick to it. Make sure everyone has their phones with them and give them a call if you don’t know where they are or who they are with.

Remember that, like you, most schoolies are out to have a great time and celebrate finishing school, but not everyone deserves your trust if you don’t know them.

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Scenario 2— you think someone is in trouble?

My friends and I were on our way back to our apartment after an awesome night at the Schoolies Hub. We could hear someone screaming from another apartment. I was worried but my friend said it was none of our business and to stay out of it.

What should I do?

If you think something is not OK, don't ignore it. Call Triple Zero 000 or check it out with a mate and ask if everyone is OK. You could be helping someone get out of a bad situation.

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Scenario 3— you think your friend has had their drink spiked?

We had spent all day getting organised for our first night at Schoolies. When we arrived at the party, it was packed with people from school and some randoms that we didn't know.

We got a drink each and our favourite song came on, so we all got up to dance. We left our drinks on the table next to the couches we were sitting on. When the song ended, we went back to finish our drinks. We danced to a couple more songs and were having a great time, when we noticed one of our friends, Tegan* was acting really drunk and stumbling around. It was really weird because we'd all only had one drink!

What should I do?

If your friend has their drink spiked go to the first aid area or the nearest volunteer and ask for help. If you’re at your accommodation call Triple Zero (000) and request an ambulance.

Drinks can be spiked with drugs or alcohol and it could be spiked by someone you know. Follow these tips to avoid getting your drink spiked:

  • always pour or open your own drink and keep it with you.
  • if you need to leave your drink somewhere, ask a friend you trust to watch it for you.
  • cover your drink when you’re walking through a crowd.

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Scenario 4 — you think your friend overdosed on drugs?

Steve* had bought pills for the last night of Schoolies. He took a couple and we headed out for the night. He seemed to be fine at first but then I noticed he was getting really paranoid and aggressive. I took him back to our accommodation when he started having convulsions. I wanted to get Steve help but I was worried if I did he’d get into trouble.

What should I do?

Call Triple Zero 000 and request an ambulance immediately. Ambulance officers are there to make sure your friend is OK, they will not notify police unless they are prevented from performing their duties or a crime is being committed. Your first priority should always be your friend’s health.

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Scenario 5 — your friend is arguing with someone?

Matt* was always the loud one in the group. When he was drunk he was even louder. He started stirring some guys up and they were getting really aggro. I was worried if Matt didn’t leave them alone he was going to get hurt.

What should I do?

There are a few things you can do to avoid your friend getting in a fight. The best thing to do is to walk away. You might convince your friend it is time to go by making a joke, encouraging him to go get some food, distracting him with a fake phone call, or dragging him away so he can cool down. If that doesn’t work, get a security staff member or police officer to help.

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Scenario 6 — you’re being stalked?

On the first night we had heaps of fun meeting lots of new people. We had singlets printed with our mobile numbers on them and wanted to see who could get the most phone calls from hot guys.

When I woke up the next day, I had nine missed calls on my phone, from the same number. All the girls were saying I was lucky because no one had called them. I didn’t know who it was from so I didn’t call them back, but then the text messages started. The messages said stuff like, "I like the way you look" and "When can we meet up?"

I called the number to find out who was calling and texting me. The guy that answered said that he saw my phone number on my singlet and he really wanted to meet up, but I was creeped out. I told him it was a joke and I had a boyfriend and to stop calling me. He didn’t stop calling. Even though I ignored his calls, he still left messages and started to sound more aggro with each message. In one of the messages he said, "I know where you are staying". It really freaked me out and I turned my phone off and left it off for the whole day. When I turned it back on, there were heaps of messages.

What should I do?

While Schoolies is a great place to meet new people, never display your phone number publicly or give your phone number or the location of your accommodation to people you don’t know and trust. Phone stalking can grow into physical stalking. Stalking is a criminal offence.

If you’re feeling unsafe or threatened, don’t risk it — contact the police.

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Scenario 7 — your boyfriend or girlfriend is being controlling?

Callum* and I went to school together and started going out just before Schoolies. I had liked him for a little while and was really happy about having a boyfriend during Schoolies because I didn’t want to hook up with randoms. His apartment was close to mine and I couldn’t wait to hang out with him without my parents checking up on me.

I spent nearly the whole week with Callum because he said that I should be hanging out with him instead of going out with my friends. I hated that he just wanted to drink in his apartment when I wanted to go out and have fun. I hardly saw my friends so on the last night I decided to go to out with just the girls. I told him that but he still came to my apartment when I was getting ready and told me I couldn’t wear the new top that I had bought for Schoolies. He said that I was his and didn’t need to look hot because it would be teasing other guys. I didn’t feel that was right but changed my top and we went out with my friends. It was weird and my friends were uncomfortable. Callum had his arm around me the whole time but instead of feeling safe I felt smothered. When I went to the bathroom Callum would wait outside and if there was a line up he would text me after two minutes to say ‘where r u’? When I didn’t respond to one of his texts he said ‘ANSWER ME!’

What should I do?

End it!

Controlling, overly jealous or possessive behaviour isn’t love — it’s abuse. If your relationship doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

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Scenario 8— you’re worried about your friend?

I had been friends with Kayla* for a while before we went to Schoolies so we decided to stay together with a couple of other friends. After we arrived, I noticed that Kayla wasn’t herself – she was quieter and more withdrawn than I had seen her at school. She didn’t want to join us when we went out and spent a lot of time in her room. When she did hang around us, she was very grumpy and negative. I was worried because I hadn’t seen her like this before. 

What should I do?

If you’ve noticed a change in Kayla, she could be going through a rough patch or it could be something more serious, like depression or anxiety. You can support Kayla by:

  • looking out for the signs of depression and anxiety.
  • listening to her experiences and let her know that you are there for her.
  • talking about what is going on – let her know that you’ve noticed that she seems a bit down and ask if there is anything you can do.
  • helping her to seek support. There is lots of information available at the youthbeyondblue website or she can contact Kids Helpline or youthbeyondblue for confidential advice.

*Real names have not been used

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