SuicideLine Victoria offers free counselling for anyone who is struggling with situations in their life, from feeling low or stressed to the more complex issues of suicidal thoughts and grief arising from suicide. We provide single session services to all callers and online counselling users, and multi-session services to eligible clients.
In a single session, each interaction is treated as a stand-alone counselling session where we work with the client on the issue that is of greatest concern to them. Our multi-session service is a tailored program for clients where they can have up to four sessions with the same counsellor.
How to refer a client
SuicideLine Victoria is a free, professional phone and online counselling service for people at risk of suicide, concerned about someone else, or bereaved by suicide. Health professionals can refer a client or patient to SuicideLine Victoria for multi-session counselling. To refer your client or patient, download, complete and email the PDF referral form.Read article
Assessing for risk of suicide
Not all health professionals treat suicidal clients on a regular basis and therefore it can be challenging when a client presents with suicide risk. The management of a person at risk of suicide requires the assessment of risk, followed by appropriate interventions to minimise any risk.Read article
Completing a risk assessment
Many tools used by health professionals to assess suicide risk rely heavily upon verbal information from patients, despite the majority of interpersonal communication being of a non-verbal nature. To facilitate a more thorough risk assessment, both verbal and non-verbal cues must be assessed.Read article