Suicide

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, you can ask for help.

Call 000 or visit your local emergency department immediately.

Like a medical emergency, a mental health crisis should be treated the same. Get help, get to a hospital.

Are you thinking of suicide? #

You are not alone. Thoughts of suicide occur for a range of reasons. Help is available. Talking to someone is a good start, even though it may seem difficult. Approach someone you trust or call one of the confidential helpline numbers listed on this page. Tell someone today if you are thinking about suicide.  It can be very difficult to know what to do and how to cope, but help is available.

Start by taking one or all of these steps below:

  • Contact Lifeline – 13 11 14 (available 24/7) Free confidential support or chat to a Crisis Supporter online at lifeline.org.au every night.
  • Talk to someone you trust – you don’t have to go through this alone.  Tell them how you feel, and that you are thinking of suicide.  Ask them for help to keep you safe.
  • Get help and support to stay alive – contact a helpline, your GP, a hospital emergency department, your teacher or anyone you trust to keep you safe.
  • If your life is in danger – call 000 right now

If there is a crisis but not an immediate threat to life contact:

Lower South West Mental Health Services on 9753 6400 (Operates 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday)
This triage service operates from Busselton and is automatically diverted after hours to Rural Link (which may also be reached on 1800 552 002). 
You can then get professional help locally to talk about how you are feeling.

Why does someone consider suicide? #

People considering suicide often feel very isolated and lonely. They may feel that nobody can help them or understand them. They believe that suicide is the only way out of the difficulties that they are experiencing.  For more information see the download.

Download “Factsheet: What does it mean to be suicidal?” Factsheet_ps_what-does-it-mean-to-be-suicidal.pdf – Downloaded 10 times – 489 KB

What should I do if I know someone who is thinking of suicide? #

Do something now: If you or someone you know is considering suicide, act immediately. Don’t assume that things will get better without help or that they will seek help on their own. Reaching out now could save a life.  For more information read the download.

Download “Tool kit: Help someone at risk of suicide” Toolkit_help-someone-at-risk-of-suicide-1.pdf – Downloaded 15 times – 698 KB

Have you lost someone to suicide? #

When someone takes their own life, those of us left behind, the bereaved, often experience a very complicated form of grief caused by a combination of feelings, thoughts and behaviours.  These feelings can be particularly intense and overwhelming.  If you are currently grieving know that you are not alone, and that help is available.  It is vital that as individuals and communities we respond to people bereaved by suicide with compassion and continue to support them through their grief.  For more information see the download:

Download “Factsheet: Have you lost someone to suicide?” Factsheet-have-you-lost-someone-to-suicide-1.pdf – Downloaded 9 times – 627 KB

Talking with children about suicide #

Children can learn about suicide in a range of ways – they may overhear adult conversations, hear about it in the media, or have someone in their family, kinship group or community die by suicide. When a child needs to be informed of a death, it can be difficult to know what to say and how to explain it.

A first response may be to say nothing or avoid the conversation, but children can realise that something is happening around them even if they do not know exactly what. If the issue is not explained, the child might form the wrong idea.

This FACT SHEET provides some basic tips for telling a child about a suicide. It is designed specifically for parents or primary care-givers but the information may be useful for other adults. It is not meant to be comprehensive. If you need further advice or support you can refer to one of the services or resources included at the end of this document.

Download “Factsheet: When telling a child about suicide” Factsheet-When-telling-a-child-about-suicide-1.pdf – Downloaded 7 times – 2 MB

Feeling scared, sad or lonely? #

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or having difficulty coping your first step is to contact your local GP for an appointment to talk things over.  Click here for more information on getting support locally.

Local services providing grief bereavement support #

GP Down South, Margaret River Community Centre
Free counselling and care coordination for financially and socially disadvantaged clients, maximum 6 sessions.  All ages, no mental health care plan required, for people who self-report financial hardship.
Address: 33 Tunbridge Street
Phone: 9754 3662
Email: mhteam@gpdownsouth.com.au
Hours: Fridays only
Cost: Free

Headspace ⇗, Margaret River
Supports young people (12- 25 years)
Phone: 6164 0680
Hours: Tuesday 11 AM to 7 PM; Wednesday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: Free

South West Counselling, ⇗ Margaret River
For individuals, families and children, relationship issues, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement, Family Separation, Trauma, Family and Domestic Violence, Gambling Help, Alcohol and Substance Misuse, Sexual Abuse, Grief, Self Esteem Issues, Health Issues, Sexuality, Workplace issues
Address: 33 Tunbridge Street, Margaret River
Phone: 9754 2052
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays by appointment
Cost: $70 per counselling session, $30 for concession card holders, under 18 years for free

South West Grief and Loss Centre
Support, education and counselling across the SW.  Counselling can be done in person, home visits, by phone or online.
Phone: 1800 975 014 (Grief Connect Call Line)
Phone: 9731 5551
Email: connect@southwestgriefandlosscentre.com.au ⇗
Cost: Email for more information

Laurissa Knowles ⇗
Grief and loss counsellor providing support services to the Margaret River community.
Phone: 0438 292 772
Email: laurissa@westnet.com.au ⇗
Cost: Email for more information

Toolkits #

Download “Tool kit: Help someone at risk of suicide” Toolkit_help-someone-at-risk-of-suicide-1.pdf – Downloaded 15 times – 698 KB

Download “Toolkit: Suicide prevention information - Aboriginal TSI people” Toolkit_suicide-prevention-info-aboriginal-tsi-people-1.pdf – Downloaded 7 times – 1 MB

Factsheets #

Download “Factsheet: I tried to end my life” Factsheet_i-tried-to-end-my-life.pdf – Downloaded 8 times – 447 KB

Download “Factsheet: What does it mean to be suicidal?” Factsheet_ps_what-does-it-mean-to-be-suicidal.pdf – Downloaded 10 times – 489 KB

Download “Factsheet: Have you lost someone to suicide?” Factsheet-have-you-lost-someone-to-suicide-1.pdf – Downloaded 9 times – 627 KB

Download “Factsheet: Self harm” Factsheet-self-harm-1.pdf – Downloaded 7 times – 468 KB