IN AN EMERGENCY
Dial 000 for an ambulance for immediate assistance in the event of an attempted suicide.
If a person is highly distressed and feeling unsafe or thinks they are a risk to themselves – go to a public emergency department where there are doctors, nurses and social workers 24 hours a day.
In Perth the emergency departments are located at:
- Princess Margaret Hospital (16 years or younger) – Roberts Rd, Subiaco – (08) 9340 8222
- Royal Perth Hospital – Wellington Street, Perth – (08) 9224 2244
- Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital – Hospital Avenue, Nedlands – (08) 9346 3333
- Fiona Stanley Hospital – 102-118 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch – (08) 6152 2222
- Joondalup Hospital – Shenton Avenue, Joondalup – (08) 9400 9400
- Armadale Health Service – 3056 Albany Highway, Armadale – (08) 9391 2175
- Rockingham/Kwinana District Hospital – Elanora Drive, Cooloongup – (08) 9592 0600
- Swan Districts Hospital – Eveline Street, Middle Swan – (08) 9347 5244
If a person is highly distressed and feeling unsafe or thinks they are a risk to themselves but refuses to go to a public emergency department, you can call:
- The Mental Health Emergency Response Line, free call on 1300 555 788 (metro) or 1800 676 822 (regional). This service consists of professionals who can come to a person’s home for emergency assessment. Calls during normal business hours will be referred to the local Mental Health Service.
- Suicide Call Back Service: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au – 1300 659 467. The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over who are suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal, bereaved by suicide, and health professionals supporting people affected by suicide.
- In country areas please contact Rurallink on 1800 552 002. Rurallink operates from 4.30 pm to 8.30 am Monday to Friday, and 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. During business hours the emergency number is patched through to a local service.
SUPPORT AND HELP
headspace helps young people who are going through a tough time. If you are aged 12-25 you can get health advice,support and other information from more than 70 centres around Australia. headspace can help with general health, mental health and counselling, education, employment and alcohol and other drug services.
eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 – 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional.
The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through high quality translational research, clinical expertise and education programs.
An anonymous way to get help and access to information and support services 24/7, explore issues, and discover how other people have got through tough times.
A national 24hour phone counselling service for children. Their site includes counselling statistics by sex and subject, and information sheets on topics such as suicide, bullying, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health and relationships etc.
What to do after a suicide – finding support – making sense of it all – putting the pieces together; and linking with supports and services on the net and in the community.
For a list of “Youth Friendly” Doctors in metro and country areas. Click on the “Dr Yes” logo on the right hand of the Home Page and it will take you to this list. If that isn’t working go to www.amawa.com.au and go to the “Dr Yes” tab in the menu.
The Youth Suicide Prevention Information Kit, developed in conjunction with the Departments of Health and Education and the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention, has been distributed widely in the community and continues to be in high demand. The Kit is designed to assist professionals working with young people, for young people themselves and for the community at large. It is a positive step towards educating people about this complex social issue.
National umbrella body
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.
Legal Aid WA can offer legal advice on a range of issues specific to Youth and may also be able to offer assistance with representation on criminal matters. Initial contact can be made by calling their information line on 1300 650 579.
A community legal centre providing services to young people under the age 25.
The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre – select Western Australia for the right legal information.
Supports the community to plan and develop suicide prevention activities and programs
This website seeks to increase access to and availability of suicide prevention information for professionals, researchers and community members. The most recent research, reports & sought after resources are listed & linked on the left hand side
The Youth Affairs Council of WA is the peak, non government youth organisation for Western Australia. It represents the WA non government youth sector. It acts as a lobbying group for the non-government youth sector, provides information and support to the non-government youth sector, believes in and actively promotes equity, equality, access and participation for young people in the Western Australian community.
RESEARCH AND STATISTICAL INFORMATION
Australian Bureau of Statistics
WISE Research (Wellbeing In Schools Evaluation Research) has been designed for use in all Australian and New Zealand schools. It provides detailed information on the mental health status of all students in the school environment.
WISE Research offers affordable, whole-school services. Each has been designed to reliably and effectively assess the mental health of all children and adolescents.
The service uses a combination of established psychological measures. Data is analysed using quantitative statistical techniques and incorporated into comprehensive, easy-to-read reports for teaching staff, allied health professionals, funding organisations, parents and other interested parties.
This website has been developed to provide information for the children and young people of Western Australia, as well as parents and carers, and the general public.