- Get help
If someone’s life is in danger, call 000.
Other services that can offer support include:
- Lifeline 24/7 support by phoning 13 11 14, texting 0477 13 11 14 or online chat
- 13YARN (13 92 76) Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporters to yarn to 24/7 from any mobile or pay phone.
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
- Men's Line Australia 1300 78 99 78
- The Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Speaking with someone that they trust
- Accessing help from a healthcare professional such as a GP, a counsellor or other mental health professional
Encourage the person to get help and to reach out for support. They don’t have to go through this alone. Supporting others having a difficult time can also impact you. Remember, you don’t have to take on all of this responsibility by yourself. It’s important for you to have a strong support network around you too.
- Follow up
After you’ve had this important first conversation, it’s important to check in with the person soon afterwards to show them that you care, but also that you’re serious about supporting them. Showing them that you’re there for them can make all the difference. Ask them some questions about what support they have involved and offer to help them however they might need, for example to attend any appointments. Reminding them that while you don’t know how they’re feeling exactly, you want to help them get through this difficult time. Offering them hope that this difficult time will pass and there is help available to them. They’re not in this alone.
For additional resources about discussing suicide visit Conversation Matters
Fact sheet - Help someone at risk of suicide