Suicide Prevention

Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide.

You can help prevent suicide.  

1. Ask

If you think someone might be suicidal, ask them directly “are you thinking about suicide?”  Don’t be afraid to do this, it shows you care and will actually decrease their risk because it shows someone is willing to talk about it.  Make sure you ask directly and unambiguously.


2. Listen and stay with them

If they say 'yes', they are suicidal, listen to them and allow them to express how they are feeling. Don’t leave them alone. Stay with them or get someone else reliable to stay with them.


3. Get help

Get them appropriate help. Call a crisis line like Lifeline 13 11 14 or 000 if life is in danger. If you can get in straight away visit a GP or psychologist. Even if the danger is not immediate they may need longer term support for the issues that led to them feeling this way.

 

You Can prevent suicide

Are you thinking about suicide?

Get help! You are not alone. Call Lifeline 13 11 14 or 000.

Just by reading this, a part of you is looking for ways to live and to get help for problems in your life. It is not uncommon to feel this way and lots of people have suicidal thoughts and are able to work through them and stay safe.

Thoughts and feelings of ending your life can be overwhelming and very frightening.

It can be very difficult to know what to do and how to cope, but help is available.

  • Contact Lifeline 13 11 14 (available 24/7)

  • Talk to someone you trust – you don’t have to go through this alone. Tell them how you feel – and that you are thinking of suicide. Ask them to help you keep safe.

  • Get help and support to stay alive – contact a helpline, your GP, a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist, a hospital emergency department, minister, teacher or anyone you trust to keep you safe.

  • If life is in danger – call emergency services 000


World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10th each year. Lifeline Macarthur hosts Out of the Shadow Walks in South Western Sydney to coincide with W.S.P.D.

Join us to raise awareness, remember those lost to suicide and unite in a commitment to prevent further deaths by suicide.