The best way to respond to someone who says that they want to kill themselves is to stay calm, not panic and listen. It is possible if someone has chosen to tell you and talk about how they are feeling, that they will let you help them to get some support and assistance.
Thoughts about suicide can occur when people feel trapped with no way out or feel that their situation is hopeless.
If the person has told you they are thinking about killing themselves, then you should:
Responding to warning signsThis article covers the warning signs of suicide and how to start a conversation. It includes key questions on whether a person intends to take their life, if they have a plan, the means and a timeframe.Type: ArticleReading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Beyond Blue
Having a conversation with someone you're worried aboutThis fact sheet provides helpful tips on the things you may want to consider and prepare for when having a conversation with a person who may want to harm themselves. Type: Web page and videos | Closed captionsReading/viewing time: 5 minute read and, videos .34Produced by: Beyond Blue
Conversations matter when someone is thinking about suicide This fact sheet provides tips on what to do if someone is thinking about suicide. It covers the signs to take seriously, how to manage your thoughts and fears, and how to start the conversation.Type: Fact Sheet Length: 8 pagesProduced by: NSW Health
Suicidal thoughts & behaviours guidelinesThese guidelines provide an overview of the signs that a person might be feeling suicidal and how to approach and talk with someone who is talking about taking their own life.Type: Guideline Length: 4 pagesProduced by: Mental Health First Aid Australia
Stories of recovery and hopeIn these podcasts, people share their stories of recovery and hope.Type: PodcastsProduced by: Beyond Blue
Lifeline Fact SheetsThese are a range of fact sheets, including: What does it mean to be suicidal? I’m worried someone I care about may try to take their own life, I tried to take my own life, and a range of other topics.Type: Fact SheetProduced by: Lifeline
The National Communications CharterThe National Communications Charter is a unified approach and promotes a common language in mental health, mental illness and suicide.Type: CharterProduced by: Life in Mind
Mindframe Mindframe is a national program supporting safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health and alcohol and other drugs. The guidelines are more broadly useful in developing communications.Type: WebsiteProduced by: Mindframe