Government of Western Australia

Getting help

Emergency services

Ambulance/Fire/Police – Phone: 000 for life threatening emergencies.

In an emergency you can also visit your local hospital emergency department.

Crisis support – 24 hours, 7 days a week


Suicide Call Back Service
 – Phone: 1300 659 467. A free nationwide telephone support service staffed by qualified people. Expert counsellors call you, at a time that suits you, and provide support through up to six 50 minute counselling sessions.

Lifeline: – Phone: 13 11 14

Crisis Care Helpline  – Phone: (08) 9223 1111 or Country Toll Free: 1800 199 008

beyondblue – Phone: 1300 224 636. All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.

Samaritans Crisis Line – Phone: (08) 9381 5555, Youth Line 9388 2500 or Country Toll Free 1800 198 313

Men’s Line Australia – Phone: 1300 78 99 78 for men of all ages

QLife  – Phone: 1800 184 527 for counselling services for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities of all ages.

Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service – Phone: 1800 011 046

Support from people who understand suicide:


Coronial Counselling Service
 – Phone: (08) 9425 2900 or after hours: 0419 904 476.

ARBOR: Active Response Bereavement Outreach – Phone: (08) 9263 2150 (9am to 4:30pm, Mon -Fri) or email arbor@anglicarewa.org.au. Provides recently bereaved (three months to one year), long-term bereaved, Men’s support, and Aboriginal Yarning support groups. All services are free, non-discriminatory, and confidential.

Compassionate Friends: – Phone: (08) 9486 8711 for support specifically for bereavement following the loss of a child.

Salvation Army Hope for Life suicide prevention and bereavement support. Counselling line: 1300 467 354.

Australia and New Zealand Parents of Suicide – Online support group specifically targeted towards bereaved parents, as well as family and friends.

For Young People:


Kids Helpline
 – Phone: 1800 551 800 for young people 5 -25 years
headspace – Phone: 1800 650 890
Reachout– online youth mental health service
Youthbeyondblue – Phone: 1300 224 636
Find out more about supporting young people bereaved by suicide
The Red Cross: Helping Children and Young People Cope

Other services


Coroner’s Court of WA
 – Phone: (08) 9425 2900 or 1800 671 994

The Public Trustee – Phone: 1300 746 212

Department of Human Services (Centrelink)  – Phone: 1300 131 060

Australian Funeral Directors’ Association

Funeral Assistance Line – Phone: 1800 854 925

Books, films and social media

A word of warning: There are many stories about death or suicide and its impacts that can be helpful. When we are grieving these can affect us deeply.

We were sensitive to what we read and watched in order to look after ourselves at this time. We were more cautious about what our children watched on TV through this time of grieving. Even the news can add to our distress when grief is raw.
Later, we found others’ stories comforting. They made us aware of how suicide touches everyone.

‘Nothing Prepared Me For This’
Written by Australians who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Behind The Smile: A Hidden Battle Against Depression’
WA author Joshua Cunniffe’s recovery from depression and the loss of his grandfather.

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