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I'm worried about someone at risk of suicide and need to know how to help

Identifying that someone is not feeling quite right and knowing how to help can be difficult. However, you don’t need to be a professional to check in on someone you are worried about. There is help available for you in starting the conversation and helping the person.

Be brave, reach out and start the conversation with someone you are worried about. Read on to learn more.

Something to read

For help in identifying the warning signs that someone may be having thoughts about suicide, click here.

For guidance on how to start the conversation, what to say and what not to say, click here.

For some people, it will be important they seek professional help. For support in raising this and encouraging the person to seek professional help, click here.

Speak to someone

A helpline can help to guide you in speaking to someone you are worried about. A list of helplines you can contact is available here.

You can also encourage the person you are concerned about to visit a GP. A GP can make a diagnosis, discuss suitable treatment options and refer them to a mental health professional if needed. You can search for a closely located General Practice by clicking here.

Access professional help

A range of mental health services are available in the Brisbane North region.

For help in finding the service and supports that will best meet your friend or family member's needs, please contact the My Mental Health Service Navigators by calling 1800 752 235.

Please note, this is not a crisis service and operates 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

If you or someone you are with is in immediate, life-threatening danger:

Call Triple Zero (000) or go immediately to your local hospital emergency department

You can access immediate support by contacting:

Suicide Call Back Service

Telephone, online and video chat (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Lifeline

Telephone support (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Online chat and text chat (nightly, seven days a week)

Beyond Blue Support Service

Telephone support (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Online chat (nightly, seven days a week)

1300 MH Call: Mental Health Access Line

For advice and information in a mental health emergency or crisis and to link you to your closest Queensland public mental health service. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.