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.

In an emergency, call 000

If you are in an emergency situation where you are worried about your safety or someone else's, call 000 for an immediate response.

If you need to talk, contact Lifeline, SuicideLine or Beyond Blue.

Getting help

To talk to someone right now, contact:

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:

  1. Reach out to them and ask them clearly if they are considering suicide.
  2. Listen to them and agree on a plan of action to help them help themselves (for example, going to the GP together, calling LifelineSuicideLineBeyond Blue or 000 together).

Don't be afraid to ask directly 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.


Beyond Blue: Suicide prevention
Beyond Blue is a trusted source of information and support on suicide prevention,.
Lifeline: Get help
Lifeline is a national charity that provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Australian Psychological Society: Find a psychologist
Search the APS directory to find a psychologist near you.
Your health in mind: Find a psychiatrist
Find a psychiatrist by location, expertise, services and language.
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Last updated 16 March 2023