Getting Support for yourself
If you are feeling suicidal it is important that you take immediate steps to keep yourself safe.
- Postpone any decision to end your life. While it may feel like you have to act now on your thoughts of suicide, try to postpone that decision as far as possible. Many people report that by postponing a decision to die, they found that their life did change. They were able to get the support they needed and could move on to a better, happier place.
- Tell someone how you feel and, if possible, have them stay with you until you get help.
- Contact a health professional and tell them you are feeling suicidal and need urgent assistance.
- Call one of the numbers on this page.
Some tips for getting urgent help include:
- Express the urgency of the matter without becoming aggressive
- Speak clearly
- Give the health professional specific examples of concerns
- Give a brief history of self harm or harm to others
- Ensure that you listen to their advice
- If they are unable to help, ask them why and who you should contact. Don’t give up.
Supporting someone you know
If you are concerned that someone you know is considering suicide, act promptly. Always take suicide seriously. Don’t assume that the person will get better without help or that they will seek help on their own.
- See the Need Help Now section (right) for the contact details of people who can provide immediate assistance and contact them.
- Take practical steps to keep both the person at risk and yourself safe. This may include ensuring the immediate safety of yourself and the person you are looking out for and seeking long longer term support.
It’s important to remember that even though you can offer support, you are not responsible for the actions or behaviour of your friend. If they are not willing to help themselves, it is not your fault.
Grief after losing a loved one to suicide is similar to grief after other types of sudden death however, suicide raises additional complex grief issues because of the sudden and traumatic nature of the death.
There are many places that you can turn to for support following the death of a loved one to suicide.
Help can be obtained from:
Lifeline: 13 11 14 – available 24/7
Crisis Care Helpline: (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (Country Free Call) - available 24/7
Samaritans Helpline: (08) 9381 5555 (Crisis Line) or 1800 198 313 (Country Toll Free) - available 24/7
The Compassionate Friends WA: (08) 9486 8711/17. The Compassionate Friends are a self-help group which offer friendship and understanding to families who are grieving the death of a child, of any age, from any cause.
ARBOR: (08) 9263 2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ARBOR provides an outreach service for family and friends who lose a loved one by suicide and aims to help those newly bereaved to access the support, resources and assistance they need while reducing the isolation often felt at this time.