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Support through connection


In times of crisis

Survivors of child abuse and childhood trauma can feel intense emotional pain at times. This can cause some survivors to self-harm or have suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know is suicidal, the following suggestions can guide you to support and help.

If you are feeling suicidal

  • If you are feeling suicidal or unsafe contact LIFELINE on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 69 467 (they also have on line chat) to get help immediately
  • Try to find someone to be with you if possible. Call a friend, family member or neighbour you trust to support you and to help get assistanc
  • If you are having suicidal thoughts but are not in immediate danger, tell your doctor, counsellor or other health professional as soon as you can so they can help you prepare an action plan to keep you safe.

If someone else is suicidal

  • If you believe that someone else is in danger of completing suicide call 000 for either the ambulance or the police.  Stay calm, explain the situation, give the address and directions while comforting and protect the person who is in danger. 
  • Remember whenever anyone talks, writes or hints about suicide, take them seriously, listen and find professional help. Individuals who have attempted suicide in the past are at serious risk of attempting suicide again in the future. 
  • You can also contact LIFELINE on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 69 467 if you have concerns about someone else.

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Head to Health


“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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The information and resources on this site are provided for general education and as information and/or a guide only. They do not replace, and should not be used as a substitute for, counselling, therapy or other services, and should at no time be regarded or treated as professional advice of any kind. Personal needs and circumstances should always be carefully and thoroughly considered to determine the optimal approach in each individual case.