Seeking help for suicide and self-harm
Sometimes life can be really tough. It gives us challenges that are too hard to deal with on our own. If you are having suicidal thoughts you need to stay safe and get help. There are people to help you including 24-hour counselling services, your GP, psychiatrist, psychologist, and online resources. You can get support to get through this.
There is help for you and you can stay safe. Make the call for help.
- Contact Lifeline 13 11 14 or call Emergency 000
- Go to a hospital emergency department
- Ask for help - talk to someone.
You can stay safe and get through this
Sometimes life can be really tough. It gives us challenges that are too hard to deal with on our own. You need to stay safe, and get some help to work through your problems.
This crisis will pass
Feeling this way at hard times in our life happens to lots of us. It's hard at the moment, but with help you can get better. Many people who have had suicidal thoughts are able to get through them. They have been able to go on and lead fulfilling lives. You can get support to get through this.
You don’t have to do this alone. Tell someone you trust how you're feeling and that you are thinking about suicide. Ask them for help so you can stay safe.
There are people to help you
- You can call a helpline
- Call your GP
- See a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist.
Or you could talk to:
- your school counsellor
- a teacher
- a work colleague
- a church minister or religious leader
- your sports coach, music or art teacher
- your mum or dad, aunt or uncle
- your friend.
Tell anyone you trust to keep you safe
Remember, thoughts of suicide are just thoughts. You do not need to act on them. Talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling. Ask them to help you get some more assistance. With support it’s easier to work through your problems.
If you're having suicidal thoughts, or you know someone who's going through this, safety planning can help you get through the tough times.
You should work with a health professional or support person to create your plan. This is not the only form of support you should receive.
You don't have to do this alone. There are people out there to help.
Resources and links
Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) Based at the Black Dog Institute, CRESP brings together key researchers to work towards lowering suicide rates in Australia.
Lifeline 13 11 14 24-hour Australian crisis counselling service
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 24-hour Australian counselling service
beyondblue 1300 22 4636 24-hour phone support and online chat service and links to resources and apps.
Resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
Mindout National LGBTI mental health and suicide prevention project.
Resources for young people
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 Free confidential 24-hour counselling for young people aged 5 to 18.
eheadspace Online counselling for young people 12-25 years.
ReachOut Online forums, chat and information about youth mental health.
More resources for carers
Carers Australia 1800 242 636 Support services for carers in Australia. Carer advice and counselling.
Mind Australia Services for people with mental illness and their carers. Phone and online support services for carers.
Carer Helpline: 1300 554 660