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.