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Concerned about someone

SuicideLine Victoria provides phone and online counselling for anyone who is concerned about someone. Supporting someone who is thinking about suicide can be a stressful situation. You may even feel guilty that you are not doing enough. These are all natural responses. You don’t have to face the situation alone.

SuicideLine Victoria has a number of resources available that can help you through this difficult time. If it is an emergency call 000.

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