The factors associated with suicide are varied and complex
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. Approximately eight people in Australia attempt suicide every hour and of those, on average, eight will die every day. Despite research and science, the honest answer is that we don't fully understand suicide. Despite the fact that there are many common factors and characteristics of suicide, predicting who will take their life is extremely difficult.
Questions to ask
- I'm concerned about you. Are you having thoughts of suicide?
- I'm concerned about what you said/wrote. Are you thinking about killing yourself?
If they answer yes
- Do you have a plan for suicide?
- Do you know what you will do and when?
- 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 (if on campus).
Life promotion clinic
The Life Promotion Clinic is a unique place of care and support for people who have attempted suicide and provides an alternative to community mental health and medical-based care. The clinic opened in 2004 and was the first (and remains the only) outpatient facility in Australia that provides specialised treatment for people with a history of suicidal behaviour.
Counselling and Wellbeing have developed a resource for Griffith University staff on guidelines for assisting students at risk or in distress. If you are concerned about a student, please don't hesitate to contact Student Services.