Suicide is a significant public health issue in Australia and across the world, with statistics showing just over 3000 Australians died by suicide in 2018.
The holiday period can be a particularly difficult time for many Australians, with feelings of loneliness and isolation, and an opportunity for alcohol and substance abuse.
While it can be difficult to talk about suicide, research shows anyone can have a positive influence on a friend, relative or work colleague by starting a conversation and supporting them to seek help.
If you notice a change, the best thing you can do is start a conversation.
You don’t have to fix the problem and you don’t need to be a clinician to check in with someone you’re worried about.
It’s normal to feel worried or nervous about it, but there are resources available.
You can visit #YouCanTalk to learn more about starting and continuing a conversation with someone who you feel may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.
For immediate support – if you or someone you know needs support or is considering suicide—contact 000 (if life is in danger), Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636).
You can make a difference. #YouCanTalk