Feeling suicidal can be an overwhelming and painful experience, but it is not something you have to bear alone. Asking for help is an important step towards getting the professional support you need.
There are a number of services and professionals available to help you through this difficult time. You may wish to speak to someone over the phone or prefer to seek help face to face. Whichever you choose, it’s important that you are as honest about your situation and the way you’re feeling as possible, so you can get the support you need.
Talking to someone about such a painful issue can be difficult, so you may want to check out our Talking about suicide page for information and tips on how to start a conversation.
Telephone helplines for professional support
A number of telephone counselling and crisis helplines exist to provide support and information to people feeling suicidal.
Telephone helplines allow you to access immediate support, without having to wait for an appointment or travel to a medical centre. In this regard, they are particularly useful for people in rural or remote areas, or for when you can’t access your regular healthcare provider.
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
The Suicide Call Back Service provides immediate support to anyone feeling suicidal. In addition, they can provide ongoing support with up to three telephone counselling sessions that will provide you with longer term support. The Suicide Call Back Service also offers online counselling.
Lifeline 13 11 14
Lifeline is a national 24-hour telephone helpline offering support to anyone in crisis.
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline is a 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people.
Mental health services for professional support
If you’re feeling suicidal, you may benefit from accessing the services available in your region. These services have mental health professionals who are trained to support people in crisis, including people who are feeling suicidal.
New South Wales – Mental Health Line is available 24/7, call 1800 011 511
Victoria – SuicideLine Victoria is available 24/7, call 1300 651 251
Queensland – 13 HEALTH is available 24/7, call 13 43 25 84
Tasmania – Mental Health Services Helpline is available 24/7, call 1800 332 388
South Australia – Mental Health Triage Service is available 24/7, call 13 14 65
Western Australia – Mental Health Emergency Response Line is available 24/7, call 1300 555 788 (Metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel)
Western Australia – Rurallink is available 4.30pm–8.30am weeknights and 24hrs at weekends and public holidays, call 1800 552 002
Northern Territory – Northern Territory Mental Health Line is available 24/7, call 1800 682 288
Australian Capital Territory – Mental Health Triage Service is available 24/7, call 1800 629 354 or 02 6205 1065
General practitioners (GPs)
Your GP is a key contact for concerns about your mental and emotional health.
Speaking as openly and honestly as possible to your GP will allow them to provide you with the appropriate support to get through this difficult time. This may also involve psychological or medical treatment. Additionally, GPs should have a good knowledge of local services and will be able to refer you to other professionals if necessary.
How to access a GP
If you already have a regular GP and are feeling suicidal, contact them and explain it is an emergency. Arrange to see them as soon as possible, and book a longer appointment so you have plenty of time to discuss your circumstances.
If you don’t have a GP, you can use the following resources to find one in your area:
Other health professionals
Many other health professionals are able to assist you if you’re feeling suicidal. Depending on their role and area of expertise, they may be able to provide you with various types of psychological therapy, medication, or refer you on to other services.
If you’re already seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellor, therapist or other professional, phone or arrange to see them as soon as possible, explaining that it is an emergency.
In an emergency
If you are in immediate danger, or concerned for your safety in any way:
- Call 000 and request an ambulance. Stay on the line, speak clearly, and be ready to answer the operator’s questions
- Visit your local hospital’s emergency department.
Get Help Now
If you are feeling suicidal and need someone to talk to, call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 to speak to a counsellor.
If it is an emergency, please call 000.