#SafeSpace shares stories of suicide, self-harm, mental ill-health and other sensitive topics. These stories might be uncomfortable or distressing for some readers.
If you or somebody else is at immediate risk, please call 000. For less urgent support, help is available and can be accessed via some of the support services listed on our website.
#SafeSpace is an interactive space that presents stories of hope and recovery by young people who have an experience of suicide.
Within the suicide prevention sector, we advocate for sharing stories of help, hope and recovery, without really saying what that means or what that might look like for young people. At #chatsafe, we have always tried to give young people clear advice and tangible tips on how they can communicate safely online about suicide, and that is what we hope #SafeSpace also does. This section of the #chatsafe website operationalises what we mean by stories of hope and recovery in a way that is accessible and relatable for other young people who might be experiencing their own suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviour.
#SafeSpace would not have been possible without the young people who shared their story with us
#chatsafe would like to thank the young people who have shared their story with us. It was important to us that we represented genuine experiences of young people. #SafeSpace shares real stories from young people from across Australia. However, we have changed their names and some details to protect their privacy. We thank them for being so open and honest about their experiences.
#chatsafe would also like to thank Joanne, Linsy and Matilda who created the #SafeSpace concept as part of a #chatsafe project undertaken at RMIT University of Technology in 2020.
While we understand that everyone’s journey will look different, we hope that these stories may provide hope to other young people who are on their own mental health journey. If you need to speak to someone right now, please contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit their website. In an emergency, please call 000 or visit your nearest emergency department.
☎️ Call 000
For less urgent assistance, contact one of the following support services.
Provides free 24/7 telephone, online, and video counselling and crisis support to all Australians affected by suicide.
☎️ Call 1300 659 467
🌏️ Visit suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Provides free 24/7 online and phone personal crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians.
☎️ Call 13 11 14
🌏️ Visit lifeline.org.au
Provides free and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling for children and young people aged between five and 25 years.
☎️ Call 1800 551 800
🌏️ Visit kidshelpline.com.au
Provides email, chat and phone counselling for young people aged between 12 and 25 years. eheadspace operates seven days a week, from 9:00am to 1:00am AEDST.
☎️ Call 1800 650 890
🌏️ Visit eheadspace.org.au