Thinking about suicide

SuicideLine Victoria provides phone and online 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.

Feeling suicidal is itself a painful experience, but it is not something you have to bear alone. Reaching out for help is an important step towards getting the help you need to keep yourself safe.

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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Thinking about ending my life

Thinking about suicide, and feeling overwhelmed by circumstances in your life can lead to feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness. You may be feeling painfully alone right now, but it is important for you to know that other people have thought about ending their lives too. There is help available.

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Help when feeling overwhelmed and suicidal

Feeling overwhelmed and thinking about suicide can sometimes be triggered as a response to feeling you have no control over your life, or that things will never improve. You may feel terribly alone at the moment, but it is important to know that other people have been in similar situations and had similar feelings to those you’re having now. Help is available.

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Recovering after a suicide attempt

Following a suicide attempt, you may have conflicting feelings about your experience. It may be that you feel ashamed, confused, relieved, disappointed, or angry that you need help. Remember that while all these feelings are probably very intense for you right now, they will pass and a return to normal life is possible.

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How to talk about suicide

Talking about suicide with someone can be very tough. You may be concerned about what the other person will think and that they may tell you that you are overreacting. You might feel nervous or embarrassed. You might feel that it is easier to keep it to yourself rather than taking the risk of telling someone. However, if you chose the right person, then talking with them about how you are feeling can help.

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Get help with professional support

Feeling suicidal can be an overwhelming and painful experience, but it is not something you have to bear alone. You can get help. There are a number of services and professionals available to help you through this difficult time.

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How to make a suicide safety plan

A suicide safety plan can play a vital role in keeping you safe. Your safety plan will remind you of reasons to live, and connect you with people and services who can help during difficult times, giving you perspective when you are feeling low, distressed or thinking about suicide.

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What is self-harm

If you have been thinking about hurting yourself or engaging in self-harming behaviour, you are not the only person to have felt this way, or used self-harm as a way of coping with difficult times in your life. There are alternative ways to cope, and respond differently when you start to feel like hurting yourself.

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The far-reaching consequences of suicide

Suicide is a serious public health problem throughout Victoria. It is the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 44 and is three times as prevalent in men as it is in women. Every suicide is an irreversible tragedy and a shocking loss to the community — however, the loss and devastation of suicide extends further than most of us realise.

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Sleep and why it is important for your mental health

Your mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety is reliant on you getting enough sleep. During sleep, your body works to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical wellbeing. Sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and exercise.

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Loneliness and mental health

Loneliness is a negative emotion that can affect your mental health and develops when you aren’t getting enough meaningful social connection. Loneliness doesn’t just make you feel down – it may also increase your risk of developing mental health conditions.

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How to get help for financial stress and mental health

Although many people worry about money, financial stress is when the worry becomes all-consuming. Some situations that might cause financial distress include losing your job, being unable to get stable income and not being able to pay your bills. If you’re stressed about your finances, you’re not alone. Studies suggest that money is the top stressor in many peoples’ lives and may be a key reason for arguments and breakdowns in relationships.

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Feeling stressed out and how to get help

You know what stress is. But what is it about stress that actually causes us to act out and behave differently?

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Tips for developing a positive relationship

Healthy happy relationships don’t just happen on their own, they take a lot of work and commitment from both parties. Here are 6 tips to get you started toward a positive relationship.

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Single session and multi-session counselling help

SuicideLine Victoria provides single session services to all callers and online counselling users; and multi-session services to eligible clients. Understand how our counselling and support services can help you.

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Overcoming failure

We never set out to fail. We set out with the hopes and dreams of being successful in whatever it is we do. Sometimes we’re successful, and sometimes we’re not, but accepting failure as part of everyday life can help. Let’s take a look at three strategies that can help you overcome failure.

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Understanding the differences between social isolation and loneliness

Social isolation and loneliness, despite sounding similar, are in fact quite different. Understand the differences between social isolation and loneliness.

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Self-care for suicide affected

If someone you know has shared their thoughts of suicide with you, you want to support them, but at the same time, you may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious. It’s important to take the time to also look after your own wellbeing and self-care.

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Signs you are struggling to cope

Struggling to cope? Feeling overwhelmed? Learn about the warning signs and get simple stress relievers to feel better.

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Self-harm

There are many complex reasons behind why someone engages in self-harming behaviour, and it can be a difficult and sensitive topic to talk about. Understand what causes self-harm, the common reasons why people hurt themselves, and alternatives to self-harm.

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