beyondblue has developed new Suicide Prevention resources to provide advice, information and hope for both people who have been suicidal or impacted by suicide.
beyondblue new resources include videos of people sharing their personal stories of suicide. These videos feature people who have been suicidal, attempted suicide, lost someone to suicide or been exposed to suicide in their job.
The videos introduce people who are members of beyondblue’s blueVoices reference group – people whose lives have been touched by depression, anxiety or suicide. They talk openly about their experiences, including what helped them get through, and what didn’t, pointing to beyondblue resources on where to get further help.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures over the past five years showed there were more than 2,500 suicides per year. It is believed there are at least 75,000 suicide attempts each year and 370,000 people, or one in eight Australians, think about taking their own life.
beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said that beyondblue’s work in suicide prevention aims to inform all Australians about common signs that may indicate a person is thinking about suicide, how to talk about it, and where to get help – including how to support someone after a suicide attempt.
If you are concerned about someone or feel they are at immediate risk of suicide, call Triple 000. Lifeline crisis support is available 24 hours a day on 13 11 14.
For short-term counselling, beyondblue’s support service has trained mental health counsellors available via
1300 22 4636 or www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support