1. Shane's story on suicide
    I thought, 'I'm really going to nut this out.' I think this was a big part of it, me actually wanting the help and realising I'd pushed too many people away. So, I thought, 'I want this. I need this for a better life for me.'
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Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, with around 2,500 people dying by suicide every year. That's an average of eight people every day.1 For every suicide, there are tragic ripple effects for friends, families, colleagues and the broader community.

If someone you know seems to be struggling, reach out and connect with them. Showing that you care could make a huge difference in their life. If you are struggling yourself, you might feel better if you reach out for support, get treatment and start taking steps towards recovery.

Find out more

beyondblue has developed this site to provide information for people bereaved by suicide, those concerned about a friend or family member, or anyone who may be suicidal.

Crisis support

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000. Other services include:

Live chat with Shane 

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 on Thursday 10 September we hosted our very first live chat event. Our blueVoices member Shane answered questions from the public about overcoming suicidal feelings and the road to recovery following an attempt to end his life.



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