Help for others

Things to listen and look out for

Verbal

Any threat of suicide must be taken seriously

Behaviour

Check in: How you may start the conversation

We understand it can be difficult to start a conversation when you are concerned about someone who may be at risk of suicide, here are some suggestions on how you may want to start: 

Get them talking, connect with them, listen to them. If you have concerns that they may be thinking of suicide then ask them directly.

Listen without Judgement

When someone tells you they feel suicidal, or feel like “ending it all”, listen without judgment. Often having someone to talk to can help keep someone safe.

If someone tells you they have attempted suicide in the past and/or they have been in contact with a mental health professional then their risk of suicide is increased.

Please seek help from a professional in your area

Take them and their feelings seriously

When someone tells you they feel suicidal, or feel like “ending it all” – take them seriously. Every attempt to reach out for help is an opportunity to help keep someone safe.

Ask if they have a plan

When someone tells you they feel suicidal, or feel like ending it all – do they have a plan? If someone has a plan then you may need some help to keep them safe. Connecting in with a professional or someone who knows suicide first aid is the best thing to do.

Connect with professionals

When someone tells you they feel suicidal, or feel like ‘ending it all”, and/or they have a plan, connect in with professionals. Unless you are trained in suicide first aid it is best to connect in with someone with the tools to help keep them safe.

If you believe you, or someone you know, may be in immediate danger, please call 111.

Helplines and local mental health services