You Can Talk
This article discusses suicide. If you feel like you’re going to act on suicidal thoughts, call 000 if you live in Australia. A number of crisis support services are also there for you – have a look at our urgent help page.
While it can be difficult to talk about suicide, research shows anyone can have a positive influence on a friend, family or work colleague they are worried about by starting a conversation and supporting them to seek help.
If you’re feeling worried or nervous about having a conversation with someone who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts - that is completely normal. There are resources available to help you with this, such as at lifeinmind.org.au/youcantalk
YouCanTalk is a national collaboration of leading Australian mental health organisations. It exists to encourage people in Australia to have a conversation with friends, family members or work colleagues they’re concerned about. For more information visit: www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/youcantalk.
Suicide can impact anyone, but all of us can help.
Tips for talking to someone you're worried about:
Consider that experts generally agree that asking someone whether they are thinking about suicide is unlikely to make the situation worse.
If you are unsure whether your friend or loved one is at risk, ask the question directly - “Are you having thoughts about suicide” and be prepared for the answer to be yes.
Listen without judgement or criticism - don’t try to ‘fix’ the problem.
Make sure they’re safe for the time being and talk to them about who else to involve so they can be supported. Connect them with other supports and services.
If you’re still unsure about having the conversation, connect with supports and resources that will help you navigate it.