A world-first initiative for
suicide prevention by ASPF 2021

Does someone you know have suicidal thoughts?

We suggest you send regular texts OR start a WhatsApp Group of supportive people using our suggested texts.

Tools for you to help if you don’t know how.

Does someone you know have suicidal thoughts?

We suggest you send regular texts OR start a WhatsApp Group of supportive people using our suggested texts.

Tools for you to help if you don’t know how.

Medically Approved by Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation

Connections from multiple people wrap an immediate safety net around a suicidal person

Ideas that save lives

From people who’ve been there, for people who need help.

Messages make a difference

What you say can lessen suicidal thoughts in someone close to you.

Loneliness can be challenging, especially during periods of stress.

Save a life, send a text....frequently. Research shows that not being in regular contact with others increases the risk of suicide. Messages from those close to a suicidal person have a huge impact.

Loneliness can be challenging, especially during periods of stress.

Save a life, send a text....frequently. Research shows that not being in regular contact with others increases the risk of suicide. Messages from those close to a suicidal person have a huge impact.

Learn what you can say to lessen suicidal thoughts in someone close to you.

The whole world is now fighting against a virus, and everyone is told exactly what they should do to help save lives.

“Washing your hands and keep a social distance” but…

What do we do to reduce attempted suicides

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Learn what you can say to lessen suicidal thoughts in someone close to you.

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The whole world is now fighting against a virus, and everyone is told exactly what they should do to help save lives.

“Washing your hands and keep a social distance” but…

What do we do to reduce attempted suicides

We are providing a combined professional/community safety net . Texts from important people (You) can prevent suicidal thoughts becoming actions. Suicide rates and attempted suicides have been increasing for years in many countries in the world. So something new is needed.

We are providing a combined professional/community safety net . Texts from important people (You) can prevent suicidal thoughts becoming actions. Suicide rates and attempted suicides have been increasing for years in many countries in the world. So something new is needed.

Yet, when someone we know has suicidal thoughts, nobody tells us what to do.

"What can I do?"

5 Action steps to help someone in emotional pain.

(evidenced by science)

1. Ask

“How are you on a scale of 0 - 10?”

2. Keep them safe

Reduce access to lethal items or places.

3. Send our texts regularly

Be there for them. Don’t preach, listen.

4. A guide to multiple crisis services

Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number

5. Stay connected

Follow up and stay in touch after the crisis. Ask others to do the same.

"What do I say?"

So keep reaching out. A text can make the difference.

“What do I say?”

So keep reaching out. A text can make the difference.

Ask

Studies show acknowledging and talking about suicide may, in fact, reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.

How?
Ask a question like

This shows that you’re open to talking about suicide in a supportive, and non-judgmental way. It may seem direct, but it actually can open the door for an effective conversation.

This shows that you’re open to talking about suicide in a supportive, and non-judgmental way. It may seem direct, but it actually can open the door for an mind-changing conversation.

Other questions:

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An important part of ASK is the other side of the coin:    Listen

An important part of ASK is the other side of the coin:

Listen

Help them focus on their reasons for living and avoid trying to impose your reasons for them to stay alive.

Find here an extended list of texts
that have proven to be helpful.

Find here an extended list of texts that have proven to be helpful.

We value your ideas.
Do you have an idea or suggested phrase?
Have you helped someone before?
Have you been suicidal and recovered?

Please submit your text suggestions or
one-minute-only video here, it may help save a life.

“About 250 Australians
attempt suicide each day,
mainly female. Of those that die
from suicide, 75% are male
and 25% are female.”

One of the most effective cures is:

“Effective help-seeking and supportive social relationships for people who are thinking about suicide…”

One of the most effective cures is:

“Effective help-seeking and supportive social relationships for people who are thinking about suicide…”

Reach out because they may not be able to…

Most people who think about suicide want someone to know how they feel WITHOUT them absolutely freaking out.

We would all help someone close to us who was thinking about suicide.

But society has built a wall of taboo around this topic.

Now let’s use social media for honesty, sincerity, and helping each other.

In today’s social media world, we’ve mastered the art of putting on a “Happy-Filter”.

The overuse of that filter has helped lead us here.

This campaign is NOT
about LIKES.

This campaign is NOT
about LIKES.

Likes can make someone feel good
for a couple of seconds.

SHARING ideas, on the other hand,
can change someone’s mood, day,
or life.

Choose your favourite social network, and press the share button to let your friends, family, and loved ones know you care.

Washing your hands takes 20 seconds, sharing an idea takes 5.

Both can save lives.

The #itttext posts are about being open.

Letting others know that there is
someone they can talk to.

Talk about a subject that society
told them is taboo.

They don’t know you care until you
let them know.

The #itttext posts are about being open.

Letting others know that there is someone they can talk to.

Talk about a subject that society told them is taboo.

They don’t know you care until you let them know.

Messages make a difference

What you say can lessen suicidal thoughts in someone close to you.

Ideas that save lives

From people who’ve been there, for people who need help.

PS:
Some of the most painful sentences start with:

“I wish I had…”

“I wish I had asked her…”

“I wish I had told him…”

“I wish you won’t ever have to start your sentences like that.”

Please share this message, and save lives.

You might not have any friends who struggle with suicidal thoughts. But research shows 13% of Australians do at some time.

Or simply you might not be aware they are struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Or your friends might have someone among their friends.

Important Disclaimer: This site is medical information only, and is not to be taken as diagnosis, advice or treatment, which can only be decided by your own doctor or mental health professional.

    Australian Suicide
Prevention Foundation

For over 20 years we’ve provided Australia-wide suicide prevention to every and any vulnerable Australian, whether they be in metropolitan, rural or isolated areas.

Postal Address:

PO Box 222
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Office Address:

Suite 609, 89 High Street
Kew VIC 3101

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(+61) 0419 73 72 71

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