It’s a myth that talking directly about suicide will put the idea in someone’s head. Here are some ideas to help start a conversation:
“I’ve noticed that you haven’t been yourself lately. Is everything ok?”
“I’m worried about you. Can we talk about what’s troubling you?”
“You seem (down/sad/angry/unhappy) lately. I’m worried that you might be thinking of hurting yourself or suicide. Can we talk about this?”
Head to Healthheadtohealth.gov.au
Suicide Call Back Servicesuicidecallbackservice.org.au
SANE Australiasane.org (Helpline: 1800 187 263)
ReMinder suicide safety plan appontheline.org.au/what-we-do/suicide-prevention/making-a-safety plan/
When you’re putting emotional energy and effort into supporting another person and keeping them from harm, it’s important that you look after yourself. Make your own health and wellbeing a priority.
Visit the Beyond Blue website to learn more about looking after yourself.