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Recognising and Handling Suicidal Thoughts

Nearly all of us at some point have had thoughts of suicide. For most, these thoughts are fleeting and immediately shrugged off, but for others, suicidal thoughts are a persistent problem that can lead to the act itself.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 2,100 people in Australia will commit suicide this year. Efforts to recognize the problem and provide support have been helpful. Over the past decade, suicide deaths in Australia have decreased by more than 20 percent. Recognizing danger signs such as persistent thoughts of suicide can help you save your own life or a loved ones.

What is Suicide?

Despite the decrease in suicide rates over the past few decades, suicide still remains somewhat of a taboo and an unspoken topic in our society. No one wants to talk about it. People are afraid to ask about it. But why is this? Why are we afraid to ask “what is suicide?” and what causes it?

Many people are under the false belief that if they mention suicide or ask someone if they are contemplating suicide that they’ll somehow put the “idea” in their mind and be the reason behind that person taking their own life. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Suicide isn’t as simple as many of us may think. Asking “what is suicide?” or watching movies, reading, or discussing the idea of killing oneself isn’t what causes suicide; the primary cause behind suicide is depression.

Crisis and Community Information Western Sydney

24-hour Crisis Services
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Lifeline 13 11 14
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Salvation Army 24hr Care Line 1300 363 622
Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017
NSW Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
Mental Health Crises Service 1800 650 749
Alcohol & Drug Information Service – Country NSW 1800 422 599
Alcohol & Drug Information Service – Sydney 02 9361 8000
Poison’s Information Centre 13 11 26
Telephone Interpreter Service 13 14 50
Beyond Blue 24hr Info Line 1300 22 46 36
Counselling and Support Services
Lifeline Western Sydney 02 9891 6212
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Sane Australia (Referral & Info Service) 1800 187 263
Parent Line 13 20 55
Relationship Australia 1300 364 277
Dads in Distress 1300 853 437
Salvation Army – Hope Line 1300 457 354
Grief Support Line 02 9489 6644
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National Association for Loss & Grief (NALAG) 02 6882 9222
Grow Support Groups 1800 558 268
Mental Health Association 1300 794 991
Association of Relatives & Friends of the mentally ill (ARAFMI) – Toll free outside Sydney 1800 655 198
Association of Relatives & Friends of the mentally ill (ARAFMI) – Sydney 02 9332 0700
Hospitals
Nepean Hospital 02 4734 2000
Hawkesbury Hospital 02 4560 5555
Blacktown Hospital 02 9881 8000
Community Services Organisations
Police Assistance Line 131 444
Penrith Suicide Bereavement Support Group 0402 627 696
Western Sydney Drugs & Alcohol Resource Centre 02 4732 1999
Penrith Family Relationship Centre 02 4720 4999
Centacare – Penrith Family Support Service 02 4721 5331
Penrith Women’s Health Centre 02 4721 8749
Cawarra Women’s Refuge Aboriginal Corporation 02 4721 8922
Napean Adolescent And Family Service 02 4721 8070
Napean Youth Accomodation Service 02 4720 3700
Penrith Area Sexual Assistance Service (Springfield Cottage) 02 4734 2512
Penrith Dissability Resource Centre 02 4732 2363
Homeless Persons Information Centre 1800 234 566
Centre for Addiction Medicine at Napean Hospital 02 4734 1333
Anglicare 02 4731 8399
Unifarm 02 4732 3836