World Suicide Prevention Day aims to bring attention to suicide prevention efforts and increase awareness for suicide prevention around the world.
There are a wide range of digital interventions available to facilitate practitioners working with clients experiencing thoughts of deliberate self-harm or suicide, or to be used as self-help resources and crisis support as an adjunct to treatment. These services provide psychoeducation, safety planning toolkits, help-seeking tools, self-help programs, and crisis counselling services.
We recommend contacting one of the below crisis lines for anyone requiring urgent support:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Suicide Prevention and Response
Be You is a national mental health in education initiative from Beyond Blue, Early Childhood Australia, and headspace. The initiative connects educators with information, resources, and strategies to create positive, inclusive learning communities and support young people. Their website includes resources for suicide prevention and response, to help educators guide and support young people who are thinking about or have been affected by suicide.
Beyond Blue is a mental health organisation providing support and information on anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. Their website includes information for people at risk of suicide or who have been affected by suicide as well as practical advice and support for people worried about someone else. Beyond Blue also provide online chat, phone and email counselling, and online forums for peer support.
Beyond Blue Beyond Now
Beyond Now is suicide safety planning app and online tool from Beyond Blue, helping users stay safe when experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis. The app and online tool can be used individually, with a family member, Elder, health professional or support person to put all of the users coping tools into a series of steps which can be accessed and edited at any time. Beyond Now is free to download from the App Store or Google Play, or available through the Beyond Blue website for people without a smartphone.
Chats for Life
Chats for Life is an app designed to help users plan a conversation with someone they are concerned about. The app was designed to support young people, including tips on how to support others mental health and wellbeing, create conversation plans, and schedule chats with friends or family members. Chats for Life is free to download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
The Check-in app – Youth Beyond Blue
The Check-in app was developed by Youth Beyond Blue to help young people check in with friends and family who might be struggling. The app coaches users through how they might support their friends, helping to take the fear out of having a conversation and providing advice on the next steps in helping a friend while looking after their own mental health. The Check-in app is free to download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
Conversations Matter is an online resource connecting professionals and community members with online tools and podcasts supporting the safe discussion of suicide. The Conversations Matter website includes practical resources on how to talk about suicide, talking to someone you are worried about, finding support, and more.
Kids Helpline is a 24hr phone and real-time web crisis support service for young people aged 5 to 25. Their website includes a range of information sheets and articles on youth issues including suicide and suicide prevention. Young people can access information on supporting themselves, a friend or family member they are worries about, or coping after someone dies by suicide. Parents can also access information on supporting a child affected by suicide.
Kurdiji is an app created by Australian Indigenous elders to save young Indigenous lives. The app provides cultural nourishment to young people who can’t live on country or feel isolated, to help them reconnect with language, skin name, ceremony, and law. Kurdiji is free to download on Google Play.
Lifeline is a crisis support and suicide prevention phone and real-time online chat service available 24/7. The trained Lifeline crisis supports provide immediate support to anyone suffering a mental health condition or in need of mental health support. Their website provides information and support for people feeling suicidal, having a difficult time or worried about someone.
My Digital Health
My Digital Health is a digital health platform for consumers and practitioners providing web and mobile psychoeducation programs and information on a range of issues. The iConsiderLife program is a self-help, crisis and suicide prevention digital health program to help people currently experiencing distress or suicidal thoughts.
Operation Life is an app providing on-the-go access to emergency and professional support and self-help tools to ADF personnel and veterans. The app is designed to help those at risk of suicide deal with suicidal thoughts as a complement to clinical care. Operation Life is free to download on the App Store and Google Play.
R U Ok?
R U OK? is a charity organisation aiming to inspire and empower people to meaningfully connect and start a conversation with those who may be struggling. While not equipped to provide crisis intervention or counselling, their website provides information and advice on how to start a conversation and support your community.
ReachOut is an online mental health service for young Australians, providing up-to-date information and articles on a range of topics and discussion forums for peer support. The ReachOut website includes information and advice on suicide for young people experiencing suicidal thoughts, worried about someone, coping after the suicide of a loved one or how to access support.
Suicide and Teenagers
ReachOut Parents provides information and advice to parents young Australian on a range of common concerns including suicide and teenagers. Parents can learn about how suicide affects young people, signs and symptoms, and tips for supporting their teenager.
ReMinder Suicide Safety Plan
The ReMinder Suicide Safety Plan app from the Suicide Call Back Service allows users to create a suicide safety plan which can be shared with supporters and accessed anytime, anywhere. The app aims to remind users of reasons to live and connect them with people and services that can help during tough times. ReMinder Suicide Safety Plan is free to download on the App Store and Google Play.
Sane Australia provides online and phone counselling, peer support through moderated forums, and information for people affected by complex mental health issues. Their website includes factsheets, guides, articles and peer support for people at risk of suicide or supporting someone.
Suicide Call Back Service
The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24hr phone and online counselling service for people at risk of suicide or bereaved by suicide. Their website provides information and advice to people who are feeling suicidal, worried about someone, or have lost someone to suicide.
The Ripple Effect
The Ripple Effect is an online intervention service reducing the stigma among males aged 30 to 94 in rural farming communities who have been bereaved by suicide, attempted suicide, had thoughts of suicide, supporting someone who attempted suicide or been touched by suicide in some other way. The Ripple Effect website allows user to anonymously share their experiences, challenge suicide myths, facilitate help-seeking, disrupt the negative feedback of self-stigma and reduce stigma in others.
Yarning SafeNStrong is a national 24/7 helpline for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders established by VAHS. Their website and phone support line allows people and families who need to have a yarn with someone about their wellbeing.
You Are Not Alone
You Are Not Alone is a website from Sane Australia providing information and tools to carers throughout the stages of supporting someone who has attempted suicide or at risk of suicide. The website helps carers care for their own wellbeing while caring for someone at risk of suicide.
Your Crew is a mood tracking app developed by the Harrison Riedel Foundation allowing young people to ask for help when they need it most from people they know and trust. The app allows users to visibly track their mood, create safety plans, and automatically alert their friends when feeling consistently down.