Immediate Resources and Professional Guidance

Your guide to suicide help and advice

If you’re seeking urgent advice or resources for yourself or someone you know, consult our Mackay & Region Suicide-Prevention Resource List. While we offer general guidelines here, immediate professional intervention is critical for anyone at risk. For urgent assistance, contact the Lifeline Crisis Line at 13 11 44 or visit a GP.

What To Do If You Think Someone May Be Suicidal

Recognising the signs and taking action

  • Consult Experts: Reach out to crisis hotlines such as Lifeline immediately.
  • Don’t Go It Alone: Always enlist the support of friends, family, or professional services.
  • Be Direct: Speak openly about suicide and ask clear questions.
  • Listen: Allow the individual to express their feelings, even if it’s uncomfortable.

What to Do When Immediate Danger is Present

Critical moments: Handling immediate danger

  • Keep Someone Near: Never leave the person alone; maintain visual contact.
  • Contract for Safety: Attempt to have the individual commit to seeking professional help.
  • Assess the Plan: Identify if there is a specific method involved and try to remove it if possible.
  • Call Emergency Services: Dial 000 if there’s an immediate risk.

How to Communicate Without Causing More Harm

Emotional nuances: What not to say

  • Avoid Minimising: Never say things like “It’s not so bad” or “Things will get better.”
  • Be Non-Judgmental: Don’t moralise or trivialise their feelings.
  • Be Present: Show you are there, you care, and you’re available.

Because Helping Others Takes Its Toll, Too

Support for the supporter

  • Don’t Keep Secrets: You cannot bear this burden alone; seek professional assistance.
  • Get Support: It’s crucial that you’re supported to effectively aid someone in crisis.

Knowledge that Could Save a Life

Recognise the 16 warning signs of suicidal thoughts

By arming yourself with knowledge and resources, you are better prepared to help someone in need or to take steps for your own well-being.

  • Talking about suicide, death, and/or having no reason to live

  • Preoccupied with death and dying

  • Withdrawing from friends and/or social activities

  • Severe recent loss (especially a relationship) or threat of a significant loss

  • Major changes in behaviour

  • No interest in hobbies, work, school, etc

  • Unexpectedly making a will or funeral arrangements

  • Giving away their prized possessions

  • History of suicidal thoughts or attempts

  • Taking unnecessary risks and/or is impulsive

  • No interest in their personal appearance

  • Increases their use of alcohol or drugs

  • Expresses a sense of hopelessness

  • Experienced a situation of humiliation or failure

  • History of violence or hostility

  • Unwilling or unable to connect with potential support