To speak to someone immediately, call any of these confidential 24-hour phone counselling services:
- Lifeline phone 131 114
- Suicide Callback Service phone 1300 659 467
- Kids Helpline phone 1800 551 800 (for young people up to age 25)
These organisations also offer online chat services.
Concern for others
If you are concerned about someone and their possible suicidal thoughts or intentions, it is important to give support and assist them in contacting help. Ask them directly about their thoughts; it's the only way to find out if someone's thinking about suicide. Remember:
- talking about suicide does not create or increase suicidal risk
- asking them about their thoughts shows you care
- it's the only way to take the first step towards getting them help and assistance.
How do I ask?
You can try:
- I'm concerned about you. Are you having thoughts of suicide? or
- I'm concerned about what you said/wrote. Are you thinking about killing yourself?
If they answer yes
Get information about whether they have a plan, what the plan is and their timeframe for action. You can ask:
- Do you have a plan for suicide?
- Do you know what you will do and when?
If you are not with the person, get details of their whereabouts. Ask:
- Where are you?
- What is your phone number?
- Are you with anyone nearby?
If they have plans for suicide
- tell them you are getting help
- stay with them or on the phone with them
- call 000 (012 on mobile)
- call campus security on 3735 7777 and Student Services.
Resources for helping someone at risk of suicide
- Lifeline toolkit PDF
- Reality Check - guidelines for staff assisting students at risk or in distress
- Life Promotion Clinic - Located at our Mt Gravatt campus, the Life Promotion Clinic is the only specialised outpatient service in Australia dedicated to the assessment and treatment of individuals at increased risk of suicide.