You don’t have to be a health professional to ask if someone is thinking about suicide.

I want to stress that... It’s ok to ask.

And when we do ask, the most important next thing is to stop talking.

Listen with empathy.

Don’t judge.

Don’t try and fix the problem.

Don’t say things like - you’ve got so much to live for.

As much as we might know that to be true.

How do we know this?

Because people living with suicidal thoughts have told us through a landmark Beyond Blue survey.

The research also found that everyday Australians want to help prevent suicide, but they don’t know how.

That’s why Beyond Blue has joined forces with the Black Dog Institute, Everymind, headspace, Lifeline, ReachOut and R U OK? to help Australians talk safely about suicide.

The #YouCanTalk campaign gives guidance and reassurance about how to have that tough conversation. 

It may be difficult to start, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

Because everyone is qualified to ask: “are you thinking about suicide?”

“Do you have a plan?”

And be prepared for next steps if the answer is ‘yes’. 

Make sure the person you are concerned about is safe - stay with them and listen.

And then support them to seek help.

The #YouCanTalk campaign page at the Life in Mind web site provides the resources you need to have this conversation.

So familiarise yourself with this information because today, tomorrow and every day, too many people in Australia will take their own lives, and many many more will try.

Half of people who died by suicide hadn’t been in contact with the mental health system.

So by working together and talking openly about suicide, we can support our loved ones, our friends, our work colleagues to find their way back to living.