Navigation

Resources

Where to get help

Despite increased awareness of mental health issues in the community, suicide is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 years in Australia.

According to Suicide Prevention Australia, suicidal thoughts and behaviour are connected to a range of social, personal and contextual risk factors, such as socio-economic disadvantage, bullying and social exclusion, sexual identity and childhood adversity. Young people may think about suicide because of difficult things that may have happened in their past, things currently going on in their lives that they may be having trouble coping with, how connected and supported they feel, and how they feel in terms of their self-worth and life outlook.  Mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety and stressful life events like exams or going through a relationship breakup can also contribute to suicidal thoughts in young people.

Below are some ideas and contact details for services that may help you if you, or someone you know, are thinking about or has attempted suicide.

If you are feeling unsafe right NOW, call the Police on 000.

If you would like to talk to someone you can contact one or more of the services below.   You don't have to provide your name or personal details:

  • Kid's Helpline: information is available at www.kidshelpline.com.au or by calling 1800 55 1800.
  • Lifeline: information is available at www.lifeline.org.au or by calling 13 11 14.
  • SANE Australia: information is available at www.sane.org or by calling 1800 18 7263.
  • Suicide Call Back Service: information is available at www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au or by calling 1300 659 467.
  • Youth Beyond Blue: information is available at www.youthbeyondblue.com or by calling 1300 22 4636.
  • Black Dog Institute: information is available at www.blackdoginstitute.org.au or  by calling 02 9382 4530.
  • Mensline Australia: information is available at www.mensline.org.au or by calling 1300 78 99 78.
  • National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service: information is available at www.1800respect.org.au or by calling 1800 737 732, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Translating and Interpreting Service:  13 14 50.
    • National Relay Service: 133 677.

Click here to complete this month's survey on organ donation.

Relationships Australia State and Territory websites