Suicide: Where do I go for help?

I need help, I'm thinking about suicide

Please pick up the phone to talk to someone straight away.

If you need to talk to someone or want some help, the following sites, support groups and crisis help-lines are available:

Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hours)
Lifeline is a 24 hour crisis line and supports people at risk of suicide or bereaved by suicide. Calls to Lifeline from any phone - including mobile phones - are free. Both phone and live chat online support are available.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (24 hours)
The Suicide Call Back Service website offers information on how you can help yourself, including things you can do on your own or with others. It doesn’t replace talking to someone – but can be a good first stop if you’re thinking about suicide and not ready to talk yet. 

Suicide Call Back Services provide crisis counselling services by professional counsellors via live chat services on phone, video and online.

SANE 1800 187 263 (24 hours)
SANE runs programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, as well as their family and friends. SANE helpline staff receive specialist training in procedures for handling suicide-related calls. SANE also has an online chat helpline.

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (24 hours)
Kids Helpline is a 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years, to provide a listening ear to any problems or issues that kids, teens and young adults might want to talk about. Kids Helpline also has an online and web counselling service.

Concerned about someone?

Warning signs, what help to give and how to give it, and more ...

The Suicide Call Back Service website has an excellent list of articles for people who are worried about a friend or family member who they think might be at risk of suicide or self-harm. It covers the following topics, and more: Warning signs, what can I do to help? and how should I talk them about it?

Lost someone to suicide?

Losing a friend or family member to suicide is painful. It can be hard to talk about, and you’ll experience a range of responses and emotions. The following links provide some helpful information for people bereaved by suicide. Counsellors at any of the above services are available. In addition, the following services may be helpful:

Griefline 1300 845 745
Griefline provide support telephone services for people who are experiencing grief. Callers to the GriefLine Helplines have the opportunity to share their stories anonymously and confidentially with someone who will listen.They also have Farsi and English help online if required.

POS-FFOS (Parents of Suicide/Friends and Family Of Suicide)

An online community as well as resources for those bereaved by suicide.

What is Suicide Bereavement?
Produced by Lifeline, this easy to read fact sheet helps explain suicide bereavement, how it affects us and ways to help cope with the grief. .

Suicide – family and friends
The Better Health Channel website has simple but helpful information for family and friends coping with aftermath of the death by suicide.