If you are in crisis

If you are in a crisis, feel you are in danger of hurting yourself or others, feel suicidal or overwhelmed, it's very important to access support! We encourage you to:

Go somewhere safe and access support
  • If you are in danger – go to a safe place;
  • Stand still and B r e a t h e;
  • Call a supportive friend or family member;
  • Let people know what's happening;
  • Call a health care professional or go to your GP's office;
  • If necessary, go to the nearest hospital emergency room;
  • Call one of the crisis support services below;
  • Keep calling and asking for help until you receive the necessary support.

Visit this page for more information on dealing with suicidal thoughts. Otherwise, if you need help now, there are specialised numbers to call, depending on your situation:

Service Number
Emergency Services
Fire, ambulance or police.
Crisis counselling, referral and support.
13 11 14
Mensline Australia
Talk to a qualified counsellor about your relationship problems.
1300 78 99 78
Suicide Callback Service
Ongoing (6 sessions) crisis telephone counselling for people who are thinking of or are affected by suicide.
1300 659 467
Kids Helpline
Counselling for young people aged 12-24 for all issues.
1800 55 1800
National telephone counselling service for Australians who have experienced – or are at risk of – physical or sexual violence.
1800 737 732

If a loved one is in crisis

If you have a family member or friend who is in crisis or suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. Talk to the person about seeking help immediately from an emergency room, their general practitioner, a sexual health clinic or a mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die. Even if you do not believe your family member or friend will actually attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from your help in receiving genuine support.

Visit this page for more information on helping a man at risk of suicide.


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