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

When a suicide occurs, the effects can be far-reaching. Questions come up about who to tell and what to say. While the death should not be kept a secret, some consideration should be given to how it is talked about, with whom and in what setting.

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.

Conversations Matter when communities are affected by suicide

Supporting links

Services and supports

  • Lifeline
    24-hour national telephone crisis counselling service – 13 11 14
    Online counselling service, further information and service finder –



  • 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



  • StandBy - Support after Suicide
    24-hour coordinated community response service to families, friends and communities who have been bereaved through suicide

Useful resources



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:

CBAA Podcast - Group discussions about suicide CBAA Podcast - Group discussions about suicide (3421 KB)


The Conversations Matter resources have been developed by Everymind. The roll-out of the project across NSW is being supported by the NSW Mental Health Commission.

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: 

References - When communities are affected References - When communities are affected (383 KB)