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Feeling suicidal

There are many factors that can contribute to someone experiencing suicidal thoughts. These thoughts can be related to a person’s mood, past or current life circumstances, or as a part of a mental health condition.

Some people have thoughts of suicide when life seems unbearable and they want to end their pain. People who have suicidal thoughts may not actually want to die, they just can’t imagine another way out of what they are going through.

While the pain may seem overwhelming and permanent at the time, there are many things you can do to help manage these thoughts. We strongly encourage anyone with suicidal thoughts to seek support and assistance.

If you are feeling suicidal or want to end your life, it’s important you keep yourself safe:

Other support: see your general practitioner.

More information: Beyond Blue Suicide Prevention

For family and friends

  • If you know someone who is in distress and you feel they may be unsafe and be considering suicide, reach out to them and ask them clearly if they are considering suicide.

  • Listen to them and agree on a plan of action to help them help themselves (for example, going to the GP together, calling Kids Helpline, Lifeline, Beyond Blue or 000 together).

  • Don't be afraid to ask the question clearly and directly about whether your friend or family member is considering suicide. You won’t be putting ideas in their head and it will help them realise that they are not alone.

  • If you/someone you know has attempted suicide and needs urgent medical attention, call 000 for an immediate response.

Personal, social and environmental factors may alter an individual’s experience or perception of this information. A person’s culture, religion, spirituality or ancestral spirituality can influence how this information relates to your health & wellbeing, as well as your community.

Last Modified: Monday, 20 February 2023


If you are not in an emergency situation, call our Barwon Health 24/7 Mental Health, Alcohol and Drugs Services triage.

  1300 094 187

Reaching out for help is the first step to feeling better.