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Suicide: asking the question

Talking about suicide may seem like an uncomfortable conversation to have, but it could be a life-saving one.

That’s why the Great Southern Suicide Prevention Advisory Group has developed the ACE campaign to guide you through the practical actions you can take to support friends, family or workmates, who may be having suicidal thoughts, and get them to professional help as soon as possible.


  • Ask if they are thinking about suicide and if they have made any plans.

  • Talking about suicide will not make them take action. It shows you care and allows them to talk about their feelings and plans – the first step to getting help.

  • Let them know that you care and that you want to help them.


  • Listen without judgement; you might not know the background to the situation, even if you know them well.

  • Be patient and calm, this will help them to feel safe.

  • Don’t agree to keep their suicidal feelings or plans a secret. Reassure them that there is help available.


  • Help them get professional support from their GP, local mental health service, or:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Rurallink 1800 552 002

Suicide Callback 1300 659 467

Mensline 1300 789 978

  • If there is a crisis (such as an attempt to take their own life):

Call 000 immediately.

Stay with the person until help arrives.

If you would like some ACE posters or wallet cards for your workplace, contact the Palmerston Suicide Prevention Coordinator on 9892 2100.


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