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Help us prevent suicide

If you suspect someone close to you is thinking about suicide, here are 3 key steps to support them and help prevent suicide:

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1. Ask the question

If you think someone might be suicidal, ask them directly “are you thinking about suicide?”  Don’t be afraid to do this, it shows you care and will actually decrease their risk because it shows someone is willing to talk about it.  Make sure you ask directly and unambiguously. 

2. Listen and stay with them

If they say 'yes', they are suicidal, listen to them and allow them to express how they are feeling. Don’t leave them alone. Stay with them or get someone else reliable to stay with them.

3. Get help

Get them appropriate help. Call a crisis line like Lifeline 13 11 14 or 000 if life is in danger. If you have access to a GP or psychologist immediately, seek out their help. Even if the danger is not immediate they may need longer term support for the issues that led to them feeling this way.

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