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What to do if you think someone is suicidal

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of youth suicide in the developed world, although it is not as high as it used to be.

Suicide is heartbreaking for the people left behind. It can be prevented, and there are many resources and supports available for young people and their family to prevent such a tragic event.

This page from Beyond Blue outlines the warning signs to look for and offers some helpful advice for preventing someone from attempting suicide. (The phone numbers on this page are Australian and don't work in New Zealand.)

You might be worried about a young person you know, and wondering if they are considering suicide. The Mental Health Foundation factsheet Worried About Someone? offers practical advice about how to talk with a person who could be suicidal.


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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Child Adolescent and Family Service, Canterbury DHB. April. Page created April 2015.


See also:

Understanding depression in young people for parents

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