Help us prevent suicide
If you suspect someone close to you is thinking about suicide, here are 3 key steps to support them and help prevent suicide:
1. Ask the question
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 have access to a GP or psychologist immediately, seek out their help. Even if the danger is not immediate they may need longer term support for the issues that led to them feeling this way.
Downloadable suicide prevention resources
ECLIPSE - A support group for suicide attempt survivors
ECLIPSE is a support group for adults who have survived a suicide attempt, regardless of whether the attempt was recent or in the past.
The group is a safe space where people can talk openly about their suicidal ideation and attempts with others with similar lived experiences. The group offers emotional support and explores coping strategies to help participants stay safe in the future.
The group is a closed 8 week group and it is important for participants to commit to attend each week if possible.
ECLIPSE is a support group, not therapy so it is recommended that participants have additional resources and supports outside of the group such as counsellors or therapists.
ECLIPSE is proudly supported by the South Western Sydney PHN.
Lifeline Crisis Support Suicide Aftercare Program
Our Suicide Aftercare Program offers short term crisis support who have attempted suicide, are experiencing a crisis in their lives and who need someone to talk to. The program is designed to support people in need of short-term telephone-based support from a telephone crisis supporter. The program is free and referrals can be made by a doctor or other clinician or through self-referral.
The program is available to those living in Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly & Wingecarribee local government areas.
The Lifeline Crisis Support Suicide Aftercare Program is proudly supported by the South Western Sydney PHN.
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