If you or someone you know needs help now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If someone is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000).
If you are having suicidal thoughts, or are worried about someone you know, there is help available.
Free counselling services
Crisis counselling for people at risk of suicide, carers of someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide. You can also access up to 6 sessions of counselling with the same counsellor at times scheduled to suit you, if you don’t already have professional support. Phone 1300 659 467
Counselling services for anyone at anytime. Lifeline also provides information and training for family and friends of people at risk of suicide. Phone 13 11 14
Young people aged 12–25 can talk to a counsellor by phone, email or web chat about any issues they are facing. Phone 1800 55 1800
Counselling and group programs for all Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families, including after-hours phone counselling. Phone 1800 011 046
Some general practitioners (GPs) have additional training and expertise in mental health. Search for a GP online or phone beyondblue on 1300 224 636. GPs may also be able to refer you to a psychologist, with the cost covered by Medicare.
Psychologists and counsellors
- To find a counsellor, phone the Australian Counselling Association on 1300 784 333.
- To find a psychologist, phone the Australian Psychological Society on 1800 333 497.
Lifeline service finder
Use the Lifeline service finder to find other free or low-cost health and community services in your area.
Lifeline's 'Facts and Information' online resource has self-help tool kits and fact sheets about suicide prevention, mental illness, depression, anxiety and more.
Reach Out online resources
The Reach Out website has online resources including videos, a forum, a blog and fact sheets for young people aged 14–25 years.
Try these relaxation and coping techniques if you are feeling overwhelmed and thinking about suicide.
LivingWorks offer training courses to increase your suicide awareness and help people at risk of suicide keep safe and get further support.