1. Narelle
    When I was feeling suicidal, I was pretty good at hiding it. It's important that if you notice a change in somebody's behaviour to ask "Are you feeling okay?"
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  2. Kev
    It's not a comfortable subject to talk about, suicide. Sometimes people won't even mention that word, or they do it at a whisper or quietly. But I think the more we talk about it, the better.
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  3. Leigh
    But basically going and seeing a counsellor can help unload everything that you wanna say in an environment where’s there's really no judging.
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  4. Tiana
    The world's not going to be a better place without you as you're probably believing right now, and I think you need to try and talk to people about it instead of bottling it up
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  5. Emma
    One of things I definitely learnt was to be patient, with myself, and everything else. You can't fix it all now, it's not gonna go away now, but it will eventually start to get better.
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Personal stories about suicide

It is not always easy to ask someone whether they have had thoughts of suicide, but don’t let that stop you. Talking about suicide helps you to understand what a person is really feeling and thinking. 

Here are the stories from blueVoices, our online reference group, about their experience of a suicidal crisis. What stands out in these stories is the willingness of others to talk, to support and to be there when a person needs it most.

 

Sophie 

Support from a family member.

 

 

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Chris 

Supporting a friend.

 

 

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Kate 

Support from a family member.

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James 

Support from an online forum.

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Shane's story on overcoming suicidal feelings

"I found a psychologist because I really wanted to nut it out. I thought I want this. I need this for a better life for me."

 

Caroline 

Supporting a loved one.

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Boyd 

Supporting a friend.

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Adam 

Supporting yourself.

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Wendy 

Support from Beyond Blue.

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Courtney's experience of her brother's suicide

"I was quite lucky to have a really great group of friends who just listened."

 

Mary 

Support from a friend.

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Pete 

Support from a family member.

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Louise 

Support from a friend.

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Tanya 

Support from a stranger.

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John talks about the suicide of his colleague

"When someone does need your support, you've really got to get in there and do it, even when they resist you. Because they'll do what I do, they'll fight it."

 

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