It is very important that an attempt at suicide is taken seriously and help is sought for the person. Anyone who has attempted to take their own life is at a much higher risk of suicide than others. In fact, one of the biggest risk factors for suicide is a previous attempt.

There is a great deal of misunderstanding and stigma about suicide and attempted suicide. This often stops people from talking about the subject or asking someone if they are thinking about taking their own life. Asking directly, in a way that respects the person’s privacy, is the best way to ensure the person’s safety. If the person tells you that they are thinking of suicide, stay with them and seek assistance from a professional – a GP, hospital emergency or a mental health service.

If you are concerned about someone who has attempted suicide, find out what to do:
http://suicideline.org.au/worried-about-someone/supporting-someone-after-a-suicide-attempt

Posted by Sue Crock This FIFO Life August 2015