Actions to take
If you are feeling having a difficult time coping, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.
Thoughts of suicide can be frightening, confusing and isolating. They are more common than you think and can occur to anyone at any point in their life. You may be feeling overwhelming pain, hopeless, worthless, isolated, or like there is no way out. While it is OK to have suicidal feelings, it is important to reach out and let someone know how you’re feeling.
When you dial 13 92 76, your call will be answered by the first available Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter. Our trained Telephone Crisis Supporters are there to listen and provide you with the support you need.
This is your story; your journey and we will take the time to listen. No shame, no judgement, safe place to yarn. We’re here for you.
Talking or joking about death or suicide
Not wanting to be around friends, family, or the community
Talking of feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless
Being moody, sad, or angry
Showing we are thinking about death through our drawings, stories, songs, etc.
Increasing alcohol or drug use
Not taking care of ourselves and our appearance
Losing interest in things we usually enjoy
Saying goodbye to people, giving away things, settling old or ongoing issues
Risky or self-destructive behaviour
Suddenly feeling at peace (deciding that suicide will offer a way out)
Just not seeming to be ourselves
What to do next
1. Act now — If we are having suicidal thoughts, or someone we know is thinking of suicide, now is the time to do something. Getting help straight away could be what saves a life.
2. Have a yarn — Talking with someone who cares helps us feel less alone. It helps to yarn about how we are feeling.
3. Share thoughts of suicide — Asking the question is the only way we can really know if a person is thinking about suicide. Talking about it will not put the idea into someone’s head. Things can seem a lot better after we have spoken about our problems.
4. Keep safe — Having a clear safe plan is important to help us through step by step when we are having thoughts of suicide. Your safe plan should include talking to someone you trust, a plan for steps and actions to take with our support person to ensure our safety and contact details of a support service or professional for extra support.
5. Stay connected — It’s important to seek support from family and friends, an Elder, or a health professional particularly during tough times. Catching up with mates and loved ones, in person, over the phone or via social media, makes you feel valued and helps you from feeling isolated and alone.
- Call 13YARN on 13 92 76 to talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter (available 24/7)
- Call Lifeline on 13 11 14, chat online at lifeline.org.au or text 0477 13 11 14.
- Link-Up Aboriginal Corporation 1800 624 332
- Mensline Australia – a 24/7 free online and phone counselling service for men – 1300 789 978
- Kids Helpline – free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5-25 – 1800 55 1800 or Kids Helpline
- Your local Aboriginal Medical Service or Community Health Centre
- Your local Aboriginal Liaison Officer within your local Council
- Aboriginal HealthInfoNet – healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au