Australian Suicide Helplines and Resources

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  1. Christine says:

    This website is so important. I’m glad I came across it, although I do not live in Australia. The tips, however, are extremely useful. It struck me when I read that you don’t have to be a professional to talk to someone who might be thinking of suicide. It is true, you need to be there for them, remind them of the beauty of life, keep those destructive thoughts away.
    They’re thoughts, no more, you’re right, but thoughts go through our minds non stop …
    I’m glad to see that there are help apps, I didn’t even know that.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Christine, thanks for stopping by. The apps are helpful for many people. There are heaps more, these are the ones that au.reachout.com share. I’ve intentionally only listed free apps. Talking about suicide and asking questions about it will help someone feel listened to and understood instead of judged and feel safe than if no one asked them about how they feel. Thanks for sharing your thoughts ~kat

  2. Alblue says:

    Thank you for listing the website and call recommendation! This will be very helpful for my cousin, who recently has just started working in Australia. He has talked to me once about his attempt for suicide, so it still worry me if he still hasn’t fully recovered from his problems. I always maintain communication with him to check, just in case. I will give your article to him and our relative in Australia, in case they don’t know about this information. Thank you very much 

    • Kat says:

      Hi, it’s great that you’ve been checking in with your cousin. It sounds like he’s been struggling, but has managed for now to keep himself safe. That’s great. Your support will be valuable too, so keep up the contact with him when you can. It would be great if you can share this post with your cousin and he can look up the sites listed here and find help with what he’s struggling with. ~kat

  3. Nazmun Nahar says:

    Hi,

    Great helpful article for all Australian about suicide helpline resources. This article is full If information about how to avoid and how we can save someone who has suicide intention. The person who has this type of intention should know Life is very beautiful and I most precious. We shouldn’t try I stop it from living. Yes, I an understand sometimes the situation comes when we can’t control ourselves but will it be solved if we stop our life? No.

    In this article, you helped those who needs . My sister lives in Australia,  Sydney. She was telling me about one of the incidents last months. I think the man who was victim his family couldn’t help him to stop from suicide and the reason could be they didn’t where to seek help. Sometimes suicide could be avoidable. I am gonna share this article with my sister today. I will ask her to share everyone In Australia who she knows. I think they definitely found this article helpful. Thanks a lot for this article.

    • Kat says:

      Hi, thanks for sharing your thoughts in this topic. It’s very common for someone who has been having suicidal thoughts to keep it to themselves and not let those around them know how much they are suffering. This is why it’s so important to check in with people around us, ask if they are okay, and learn how to talk about suicide in case someone actually is thinking along these lines and hasn’t shared it with anyone. I hope that people can find this post and read more about suicide to help them find the help they need if they haven’t talked to anyone yet. Thanks for sharing this with your sister. ~kat

  4. Gravatar Support says:

    Hi Kat

    Thank you for sharing this very important and useful information. In my country our suicide rates is on the rise rise especially for the elderly.

    I find the link to self-help can be applied to our daily lives and I will be using some of them.

    Just wondering is a number that take care of anyone regardless of location that is very trouble and needs help.

    Thank you.

    Warmest Regards 

    Marc Ho

  5. lebohang Mothata says:

    This article is very sensitive to me because back in 2011 my sister commented suicide. So reading this article immediately brought tears in my eyes because,  I know the pain of losing someone close, even though I don’t stay in Australia but I strongly believe that this website will not only help people that stay in Australia but the whole World, that’s the power of the internet. I would also like to thank you for taking time to write this article. Remember people depression kills if your depressed please get help immediately.

    • Kat says:

      Hi, I’m so sorry your sister felt that she had no other options but to take her own life, and this post has triggered your sadness of losing her. I do hope that even though this has Australian services and organisations listed, there can be value found for anyone going online and searching for help with suicidal thoughts. These organisations have so much to offer in terms of support and how to cope and manage intense feelings. Depression is very difficult and complex which often can lead to suicidal thoughts. It’s important to get help immediately if you are at risk of ending your life. Thanks for sharing lobohang Mothata. Blessings ~kat

  6. Kirsti says:

    You´re addressing an important topic here, a topic many people are afraid to talk about. Seems like you have great resources in Australia for suicide prevention! In Finland we have also some helpline phone numbers you can call if you´re feeling suicidal, but we don’t have as many different kinds of resources as you have in Australia, like a meditation app.

    That´s such a good reminder; thoughts are just thoughts, they´re not real. Mindfulness can be so empowering; taking your mind back to where your body is. It makes you feel so peaceful and it´s a great help for anxiety.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Kirsti, Australia has excellent resources however due to the nature of suicidal ideation, it’s possible that people don’t access due to the way suicidal thoughts can make one feel so isolated, alone and hopeless so reaching out doesn’t always happen unfortunately. If we can get more people talking about it and asking people around them if they notice any changes, or to check in with them, this could help save a life. All it takes is one conversation to help a person feel that they’re not alone, and they can get help with how they feel. It’s hard if places aren’t available on a 24 hr basis, so this is something I’m grateful for that Australia does well. Thanks for stopping by ~kat

  7. Lynn says:

    Wow! I’m impressed by this comprehensive list. There is one particular service which really catches my attention – Suicide Callback Service because of the Virtual Assistant, Claire.

    I have gone through really down times before and I understand the urgent need to either talk to someone or get some help for immediate mental relief.

    Unfortunately, there are times when it can be tough especially when you feel down after office hours when all the helplines are already closed.

    Therefore, with the presence of the virtual assistant to provide guidance on ways to relax and manage stress in the meantime, when there is no one to talk to, can be extremely helpful!

    I am sure many will benefit from this info.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Lynn, yes, I didn’t realise that the Suicide Callback Service had Claire the virtual assistant till I wrote this post. And I work at one of these services! It’s certainly a unique service available for times of distress as I think it can be really effective in helping one work through a muscle relaxation when feeling intense feelings. I encourage everyone to give it a go if you’re struggling, cos why not! Take care and all the beset ~kat

  8. Wow, this is a very thorough post with a whole spectrum of resources to people who are unfortunately suicidal.

    I really like your point about dogs. They have this amazing ability to read human emotion. I watched a documentary about it once.

    Do you know any more about this in terms of cats? I have cats and they have always seemed to be receptive to my emotions too but there just seems to be less information available on this.

    Thank you for such an informative post!

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