Conversations Matter when communities are affected by suicide
A suicide has occurred in our community. What do I say? What do I do?
When communities are affected by suicide
This is an introductory resource about community conversations following a suicide. It will be helpful for members of the community who may be involved in planning or advising others.
You can watch it as an online presentation or download it as a printed fact sheet or audio podcast by using the links below.
Download the resources
You can download the resource as a printed fact sheet or an audio podcast by using the links below.
NEW: series of shortened podcasts (in both female and male voices) now available to download.
Services and supports
24-hour national telephone crisis counselling service – 13 11 14
Online counselling service, further information and service finder – www.lifeline.org.au
- Kids Helpline
Free confidential 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years - 1800 55 1800
For kids: www.kidshelpline.com.au/kids
For teenagers and young adults: www.kidshelpline.com.au/teens
- Suicide Call Back Service
24-hour national telephone counselling service for people 18 years and over who are suicidal or bereaved by suicide - 1300 659 467
Online counselling service and further information www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- headspace School Support
Provides localised support to secondary schools affected by a suicide - 1800 688 248
- National StandBy Response Service
24-hour coordinated community response service to families, friends and communities who have been bereaved through suicide
- Resource: Developing a community plan for preventing and responding to suicide clusters - www.livingisforeveryone.com.au/Library-item.html?id=1448
- Resource: Communities Matter: A toolkit for community-driven suicide prevention for small towns - www.communitiesmatter.com.au
- Mindframe National Media Initiative: Media reporting of suicide - www.mindframe-media.info
For a more comprehensive list of services and resources, refer to the Supporting Information section of the website.
To hear a brief overview of the effect of suicide on communities, you can stream or download the podcast below, courtesy of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia:
The resources have been developed based on a set of core principles. These principles were developed as the result of a review of research evidence and thematic analysis of current programs and approaches, extensive sector consultation across educational, workplace, family and community settings, as well as identified target group community consultations and consultations with Aboriginal communities.
The core principles were then subject to review by three panels of experts in suicide prevention working across various settings and with various target populations.
For a list of specific references for this resource, click here: