In an emergency

If you are in immediate danger, or concerned for your safety in any way:

Call 000 and request an ambulance.

Visit your local hospital’s emergency department.

Feelings of despair and hopelessness are common in a young people with anxiety and depression. If life’s problems are starting to feel too painful and difficult to manage that you're having suicidal thoughts and feelings, there are things you can do to help you get through. If you are feeling isolated and alone, it is important you let someone know so they can help you.

Having suicidal thoughts can be scary. You may have never had them before, or perhaps the thoughts have been there for a while and you are not sure what to do. In the short term, you need to find ways to stay safe. Once you're safe, you can work out how to get the help you need.

  • Remember that thoughts of suicide are just thoughts; you do not have to act on them. These thoughts might only last a few minutes; you might feel differently in a few hours.

  • Postpone any decisions to end your life. Give yourself time to get the support you need.

  • Remove anything in the house that you might use to impulsively harm yourself – maybe give it to a friend.

  • Keep crisis line phone numbers or weblinks in your mobile phone for easy use.

  • Avoid being alone. Have someone near you until your thoughts of suicide decrease.

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. They can intensify how you feel and make decision making harder.

  • Think about who you can contact (Beyond Blue Support Service, KidsHelpline, eheadspace, Lifeline, Suicide Callback Service).

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