If you or someone you know is having thoughts about suicide, please read this information:
If I am worried about a friend what should I do?
- Take all threats or suicide attempts seriously.
- Reach out to the person you are worried about in a private place.
- Find out how they are feeling and what they are going through.
- Ask them about suicide. You can be direct. For example, you could say, “Are you thinking about suicide?” If they say, “Yes”, ask them, “Do you have a plan?” “What are you planning?” and ask “do you have a a time frame ?” “When is this going to happen?”
- Listen non-judgementally and try to stay calm.
- Be supportive and try to understand things from their perspective.
- Never promise to keep the suicide thoughts a secret and support them by sharing their information immediately.
- Encourage them to seek further help (parent, relative, GP, counsellor, social worker, psychologist, hospital). Look for the emergency services listed on this website. Do not leave them alone until they get further help.
- Remember: It is not your job to solve their problems.
- In a crisis call Lifeline on 13 11 14; or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467*
* (Don’t feel like you have to manage this alone. You can seek support through the Suicide Call Back
Service by phoning 1300 659 467).
Suicide – If I am worried about myself
- If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, remember you are not alone.
- If you are reading this, then deep down you have hope.
- Approach someone you feel safe to talk to (parent, grandparent, teacher, friend, counsellor etc.)
- Be honest even if it is hard to talk about difficult feelings and experiences.
- Reach out and get professional help (your student counsellor, community counsellor, psychologist, GP, social worker). Keep in mind that treatment for anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses is available. Even if you have received professional help before, it might be necessary to try someone different.
- Learn what triggers your low mood (for example, an argument with your boyfriend or girlfriend or family member, the loss of someone close to you, failed assignment, alcohol and/or other drugs etc.).
- Make a safety plan. A safety plan helps you keep safe and lists activities that you can do and people you can speak to when you need support. Why not try the Care Card to see if this is helpful?
- Be kind to yourself (listen to music, go for a walk, watch a movie, write down your feelings, eat well, try and develop a regular sleeping pattern, etc.).
- Ground yourself through a relaxation technique or mindfulness activity. Your student counsellor can show you how to do these strategies and explain to you why they can be helpful. You might also like to ask about these strategies if you see a MHP through a GP referral.
- In a crisis call Lifeline on 13 11 14; or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.
Suicide – Some Warning Signs
The following is a list of possible warning signs. It is important to remember that everyone is different and people will have a different combination of warning signs.
- Previous suicide attempt
- Giving away prized possessions
- Saying goodbye or making jokes, drawings or other references to suicide, death or dying
- Saying things such as “Life isn’t worth it…” or “People will be better off without me.”
- Death of a loved one, especially by suicide
- A relationship ending
- Unemployment, loss of job or financial difficulties.
- Abuse (physical, emotional, financial and/or sexual)
- Serious illness or injury
- Mental Illness (depression, anxiety etc.)
- Impulsive or reckless behaviour (increase use of alcohol or drugs)
- Feeling overwhelmed or worthless
- Withdrawing from friends or family
- Aggression or anger
- Extreme mood swings
If you or a friend are thinking, “People will be better off without me” – this is never the case. There are people who do care about you. Talk to a trusted person or phone the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467