We are constantly striving to provide helpful resources and blog content that supports people dealing with suicide.
This year we have covered topics that address three key areas: Feeling suicidal, Worried about someone and Lost someone to suicide. So as we round out another year, we’re having a look back at the content and information our community found most useful throughout 2018.
2018 – Most viewed resources
Discovering that someone you care about has tried to end their life can be a devastating experience. They will need supporting. You may initially experience emotions such as shock and denial. Sometimes those close to the suicidal person blame themselves for what has happened, thinking, for example, “if only I’d watched them more closely”.
A person who is thinking about suicide will usually give some clues or suicide signs to those around them that indicate they are distressed. These are often referred to as suicide warning signs. Suicide prevention starts with recognising these suicide warning signs and taking them seriously.
Are you finding yourself thinking about suicide? Your thoughts might involve wishing you were dead or you may have thoughts about how you would end your life. You might think that your family and friends would be better off without you. You may be feeling overwhelmed by situations in your life leading to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
A suicide safety plan can help to keep you safe when you are low or feeling suicidal. Your safety plan will remind you of reasons to live and connect you with the people and services who can help during the tough times, giving you some perspective when you’re feeling low.
Having suicidal thoughts can be a response to feeling overwhelmed, as if your life is out of your control; that it will never get better. You might think that your family and friends would be better off without you, but it is important to remember that suicidal feelings dissipate. Experiencing these thoughts does not mean you need to act on them.
2018 – Most viewed blog content
We need to look out for people in our lives who aren’t coping. But there are still many suicide myths that may cloud our judgement and stop us from reaching out to someone. Here we separate myth from fact.
When we’re struggling with our mental health, talking about it with the people around us might be the last thing we feel like doing. We might think they won’t care, or that we will be leaving ourselves exposed. However, opening up to someone can often make us feel much better. Here are some reasons to reach out to someone close to you when you are struggling to cope:
There are a lot of misunderstandings about schizophrenia that result in stigma. We’re working to reduce the stigma by busting some common myths.
A panic attack is an episode of intense anxiety and fear that causes physical symptoms. A panic attack can occur when your flight-or-fight response is triggered, but you aren’t in immediate physical danger. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, up to 40% of the population will experience a panic attack at some point in their lifetime.
You’ve decided to have a conversation to a friend or family member about their mental health, but you’re nervous, not sure where to start or what will happen. To help you, we’ve compiled some tips.
We are here to support you, whether you’re worried about yourself or someone else. We work around the clock, which means you can call a member of our Suicide Call Back Service counselling team any time of the day, any day of the week on 1300 659 467.
If it is an emergency, dial 000.