Suicide prevention and response

Suicide prevention

Each year the Lifeline Crisis Support Line 13 11 14 receives over 734,000 call nationally. Of these calls, 40% of the time suicide is discussed, that means around 70,000 calls were relating to safety issues.

Lifeline is dedicated to the prevention of suicide in Australia and to raising awareness about suicide and the help-seeking options available.

Our 24-hour Crisis Support Service was initially established to ensure people who had thoughts of suicide had someone to talk to any time of the day or night.
 
Lifeline offers community education programs throughout Queensland on suicide awareness. UnitingCare Community operates corporate training programs that teach participants to learn when someone may be at risk of suicide and to respond in ways that link them with further suicide intervention help.

Suicide response

Lifeline Suicide Bereavement Groups - Brisbane

In Brisbane, Lifeline offers a monthly peer support group and an eight-week professionally facilitated psycho-educational group. These groups aim to provide information about suicide, guidance, support and contact with others who have experienced a similar loss.
 
The psycho-educational suicide bereavement groups are free, usually small and meet once a week for eight sessions at Chermside or Fortitude Valley.

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Get in touch
If you would like to find out when the next group is being scheduled or talk to the group coordinator, please contact 07 3624 2400.

Standby Suicide Response - Brisbane and Far North Queensland

StandBy is a Suicide Bereavement Response Service that provides a 24-hour coordinated community crisis response to families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. StandBy respects, understands and supports the health and well-being of people bereaved by suicide. Our service is available for you regardless of where or when your loss occurred. Currently this program is run by UnitingCare Community and the service is offered from North Brisbane to Logan and Far North Queensland.

Contact Brisbane and Logan service
To access StandBy you can contact the Coordinator on the 24-hour crisis number on 0438 150 180 to arrange a suitable time for StandBy to call you. StandBy is available 24-hours, including weekends and public holidays.

Contact Far North Queensland service
StandBy Far North Queensland has services in Cardwell to the south, Torres Strait to the north and Karumba to the west. 
 
To access StandBy you can contact the coordinator on the StandBy 24-hour crisis number 0459 299 147, or via the UnitingCare Community office during business hours on 07 4050 4955 to arrange a suitbable time for StandBy to call you.

Lifeline's Responding to Issues of Suicide program - Cooloola Region

This program involves assisting people in the Cooloola region to be aware of the issues surrounding suicide including prevention and bereavement. It also aims to offer support to survivors of suicide – those people left behind after a loved one has chosen to suicide.
 
By networking with other community groups, conducting workshops and days of remembrance, the Responding to Issues of Suicide program aims to reach out across the ripple that suicide creates in our community. To contact the Responding to Issues of Suicide Program, please call 07 5480 3400.

Helpful links and phone numbers

Lifeline Australia - 13 11 14
Resources and guides on healing the hurt after suicide, also has information about suicide prevention for an Australia free from suicide.
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Living Is For Everyone (LIFE)
A website with suicide and self-harm prevention resources. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.
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Suicide Prevention Australia
Suicide Prevention Australia is proud to have the support of a number of Ambassadors, Lived Experience voices and community partners.
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Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
Free counselling service available 24/7.
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Sane Australia
Helping Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through support, training, and education.
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