Suicide prevention

Please carefully consider your needs when reading information about suicide. If information on this page raises any issues for you or if you need immediate assistance, please contact a crisis service.

Suicide prevention requires coordinated and combined efforts from all levels of government, health care systems, front-line health and community groups, as well as individuals, families and communities.

A focus on a broad spectrum of suicide prevention interventions allows for activities to be targeted to populations and individuals. Suicide prevention should prioritise cost-effective and evidence-based approaches that focus on intervening as early as possible. It should also look outside the health and other service systems, and think broadly about tackling the factors that may increase or decrease risk in individuals and communities.

By using evidence and working together, we can combine public health approaches, treatment approaches and community capacity-building to prevent suicide and suicide attempts.

In this section

Effective suicide prevention strategies

This section includes evidence informed strategies to prevent suicide and suicide attempts.

Suicide myths

Clarifying suicide myths and facts can lead to an informed understanding of suicide and reduces stigma.

Warning signs

Behaviours that may indicate a person may be at immediate risk of suicide.