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Important . . . the ‘Roses in the Ocean’ website does not provide crises intervention or counseling services.

The information on this website is by no means a substitute for professional assistance.

If you are looking for support for yourself urgently, or are worried that someone’s life is in danger, call 000 for emergency help, or head to the nearest hospital.

Key national 24/7 crisis support services include:

  • Everymind’s Conversations Matter resources on safe community discussion of suicide:

Key national youth support services include:

o   Communities affected by suicide

o   Conversations with those bereaved by suicide

  • Beyondblue

o   Healthy families

o   Worried about suicide

o   Understanding suicide and grief

o   After you lose someone to suicide

  • Kids Helpline

o   Cyberbullying

o   Supporting a child who is thinking of suicide

o   Cyberbullying

o   Teenagers and cyberbullying

  • headspace

o   Understanding bullying – for family and friends

o   Social media advice – for families

o   How to start the conversation

  • Australian Government eSafety commissioner

o   Cyberbullying support tool

o   Online safety

o   Is your child at risk of self-harm or suicide?

Conversations Matter

Support for people bereaved through suicide.

StandBy Support After Suicide

useful mobile apps:

If you have been bereaved through suicide the StandBy Support After Suicide Service is a 24-hour community based active suicide postvention program. Please take time to view their website and the video link below and contact Standby if they can be of assistance to you.

The SOSBSA (Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Association) website lists support groups across Australia.
Email: or (07) 5442 4277

If it’s not urgent, your GP is a good place to start getting help if you are struggling.

Other websites that may also be useful:

In Australia, we lost 3027* lives to suicide in 2015 with an estimated further 65000 suicide attempts made.  Suicide is multifaceted and complex in nature.

For decades there has been a strong, deeply embedded perception internationally and within Australia that the majority of suicides are predominantly related to or caused by mental illness. In 2010, research conducted by the Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), using the Queensland Suicide Register (including 13,000 plus cases) showed that 60% of deaths by suicide occurred with people with no known mental illness. Of the cases where mental illness was associated with the suicide (40%), this relationship occurred also in the context of one or more other risk factors.

A multitude of factors, including individual, societal, environmental, cultural, social may interact to influence suicide.  Common triggers for suicidal behaviour can be relationship breakdown, financial stresses, loss of gainful employment, loss of stable housing arrangements.

We believe that many suicides are preventable and that there are positive preventative steps that can be taken to guard ourselves against suicidal thoughts and ways that we can support people when they are faced with situations that can lead to emotional and mental distress.  We are also very aware that invitations for help can range from very subtle to some that are far more obvious.  In some instances, families and friends can be completely blindsided by the suicide of a loved one.

Acknowledging the mental health and well-being (protective factors) of individuals, families and communities is paramount as is knowing where to get help, and being open to asking for it.

* (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014 data)