#YouCanTalk

Whether it is for conversations with friends, family, colleagues or acquaintances, #YouCanTalk also highlights the resources available to support these conversations.

The main message is you don’t need to be a clinician, a GP, or a nurse to check-in with someone you are worried about.

Trust your instincts and access suicide prevention resources to assist you in having the discussion.

This includes recognising the signs that someone is thinking of suicide, how to talk about it openly and honestly and what to do if someone says they are not coping and needs help.

#YouCanTalk is about giving people the confidence to have the conversation by connecting them to the tools that can support them.

Life in Mind is a digital gateway providing organisations and communities with access to tools such as current information, programs, services, resources and research within suicide prevention in Australia.

Everyone has the opportunity to save a life . . . people with lived experience of suicide tell us all the time that it is a relief when someone asks them with confidence if they are thinking about suicide.  “It lets me know that’s its ok to talk to you.  I just want you to listen, without judgement, sit with me in our pain, and walk beside me while we find what we need to be safe.”  Everyone can do this. Bronwen Edwards, Founder and CEO, Roses in the Ocean

Suicide is an issue that many find difficult to talk about, but it is an issue that is having major impacts on communities across Australia. #YouCanTalk is about giving people the confidence to have the conversation by connecting them to the tools that can support them.” Everymind Director, Jaelea Skehan

“Australia has world-leading suicide prevention services and we want to ensure people who need them access them. However, the reality is, not everyone will seek help themselves – they may firstly disclose their need to family and friends.” Lifeline CEO, Bob Gilkes

“The more #YouCanTalk about suicide with your friends and family in an open, honest and empathetic way, the more lives we can save.” ReachOut CEO, Jono Nicholas

“The evidence is in: it is not harmful to ask someone if they are thinking about taking their own life or find out if they have made a plan. In fact, it could help. It’s important that we all know the facts about suicide and our prevention efforts are informed by what the research tells us.” Black Dog Institute Director, Prof Helen Christensen

“Our message is this: #YouCanTalk about suicide. Half the population think that they can’t. We are on a mission to partner with the community to prevent suicide in this country.” beyondblue CEO, Georgie Harman