Suicide rates in Australia have not declined over the past decade with recent statistics showing they may actually be rising. For every suicide death as many as 25 individuals will attempt suicide. Based on this estimate, approximately 71,600 people in Australia will attempt suicide in any given year. Suicide is recognised as a public health crisis in Australia and internationally.
We believe that many suicides are preventable and that there are positive preventative steps that can be taken to guard ourselves against suicidal thoughts and ways that we can support people when they are faced with situations that can lead to emotional and mental distress. We are also very aware that invitations for help can range from very subtle to some that are far more obvious. In some instances, families and friends can be completely blindsided by the suicide of a loved one.
Acknowledging the mental health and well-being (protective factors) of individuals, families and communities is paramount as is knowing where to get help, and being open to asking for it.
- To those bereaved by suicide
- When communities are affected by suicide
- When someone is thinking about suicide
Support for people bereaved through suicide.
While Mindfull Aus is built around lived experiences and here to answer any questions or provide any help, we are not set up for crisis.
Here listed is some amazing call lines and support networks that are best suited if you feel you need immediate help or assistance. Needing support does not mean you are weak, there is no shame in speaking up. The truth is, speaking up and sharing your vulnerability takes courage and is a sign of strength. Getting help and speaking to someone is the first and most important step to recovery and living a fulfilling, enjoyable life.
Please pick up the phone, or click the organisation to be directed to the websites, you matter to us!
1300 22 4636
Email or chat online at www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport
Learn more about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention, or talk through your concerns with our Support Service. Our trained mental health professionals will listen, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.
13 11 14
A free online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention service, providing counselling, information and referral. 13 11 14 is a confidential telephone crisis support service available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile.
1300 659 467
A free nationwide professional telephone and online counselling service for anyone affected by suicide.
1800 184 527
A phone and webchat service managed by and for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex communities. This service provides a place to talk about mental health, negotiating the medical system, relationships, isolation, coming out, people making assumptions about a persons’ gender and a whole host of other concerns.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also contact their local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation or Aboriginal Health Worker at their local health service. Find more information at www.naccho.org.au/about-us/affiliates.
1800 650 890
Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time.
1800 55 1800
A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 all areas of support for kids & teens
Teen Challenge Careline 1300 889 288 teen suicide prevention
Please note that the information in this section (or anywhere on this site) is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, so please see a qualified health provider if you have any health concerns.
For General Phone or Crisis Counselling:
Lifeline 13 11 14 general support
Suicide Help Line 1300 651 251 crisis intervention & support
Womens Domestic Violence Crisis Service 1800 015 188 domestic violence
WIRE Womens Information 1300 134 130 all types of information and referal
Womens Health Information Centre 9344 2007 nurses on all areas of women’s health
Dads in Distress 1300 853 437 support for fathers, all issues
Mensline Australia 1300 789 978 general men’s issues
Mens Referal Service 1800 065 973 for men concerned about their anger or violence
Mental Health Info & Support
AFAFEMI mental health support 9810 9314
Mental Illness Fellowship Helpline 8486 4222
Mental Health Foundation of Australia 9427 0406
SANE Mental Illness Helpline 1800 187 263
Specialist Phone Lines
Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA) 1800 688 009 sexual abuse & sexual assualt
Gamblers Help 1800 156 789 gambling
Reconnexion 1300 273 266 panic & tranquiliser dependency
Directline 1800 888 236 alcohol & drugs
Family Drug Help 1300 660 068 for family/friends of people using alcohol/drugs
Quitline 137 848 nicotine addiction
Gay & Lesbian Switchboard 9827 8544 gay & lesbian support & info (evenings 6-10pm, wed 2-10pm)
Anxiety & OCD Helpline 9886 9377 anxiety & OCD
Compassionate Friends 9888 4944 breavement support
Debtors Anonymous 9513 3008 debt, financial problems
Victims of Crime Helpline 1800 819 817 victims of reported crime
WAYSS 9791 6111 housing & support
Poisons Information Centre 13 1126 exposure to all poisons & medicines
For Parents and Families
Parentline 13 2289 all types of parenting issues
Stepfamily Helpline 9481 1500 step families
Family Drug Help 1300 660 068 family/friends of people using alcohol/drugs
PFLAG Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays 9827 8404 support for parents, families & children of gay/lesbian individuals
Toughlove Victoria 9733 0431 support groups for parents