Sometimes, life’s problems can feel so painful and difficult to manage that some people might start having suicidal thoughts.
While the pain may seem overwhelming and permanent at the time, there are many things you can do to help manage these thoughts. We strongly encourage anyone with suicidal thoughts to seek support and assistance.
If you are feeling suicidal or want to end your life, it’s important you keep yourself safe:
- In an emergency, call 000
- If you need to talk right now, contact Lifeline or beyondblue
- See your GP - you can also get a referral to a counsellor, psychologist or mental health service
- Call Lifeline or beyondblue
- Talk to a person you feel comfortable with – a family, friend, work colleague
- See a general counsellor
- See a psychiatrist or psychologist
For family and friends
If you have a friend or family member who is going through tough times and you feel they may be unsafe and be considering suicide, reach out to them and ask them clearly if they are considering suicide.
Listen to them and agree a plan of action to help them help themselves (for example, going to the GP together, calling Lifeline, beyondblue or 000 together).
Don't be afraid to ask the question clearly and directly about whether your friend or family member is considering suicide. You won’t be putting ideas in their head and it will help them realise that they are not alone.
If you/a person you know has attempted suicide and needs urgent medical attention, call 000 for an immediate response.