Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 49.
Almost 10 million Australians know someone who has been impacted by suicide, that’s almost half the country.
See below for important information that can be used when you or someone you know needs support to stay safe.
If you require immediate support call 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can also call 13 YARN (13 92 76) a 24/7 national crisis support telephone service staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Mind Australia is a member of Suicide Prevention Australia.
Suicide prevention support services
- Aftercare (Victoria) – 1300 286 463
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- MensLine – 1300 78 99 78
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- The Way Back Support Service (Victoria) - 1300 363 788
- QLife – 1800 184 527.
Safety planning and suicide prevention resources
If you (or someone close to you) are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, safety planning can be really helpful in getting through the tough times.
It involves creating a plan, ideally when you are well and with help from members of your support team (health professionals or family and friends), that you work through when you are unwell.
Your safety plan starts with things you can do by yourself, such as thinking about your reasons to live and distracting yourself with enjoyable activities. It then moves on to coping strategies and people you can contact for support.
While everyone’s plan will be unique, the process is the same: it prompts you to work through the steps until you feel safe. But remember to share it with your support people!