Preventing suicide in rural areas: resource centre

Does someone need help now? 

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24-hour counselling support or 000 (in Australia) in an emergency.

This web page contains SuperFriend’s recommended resources to assist people working with those who may be at risk of, or affected by, suicide in rural areas. These resources look at supporting someone through financial difficulties, guidelines for conversations and information for people who are supporting someone after a suicide attempt. It also contains national and state-based support services. It is by no means an exhaustive source of resources and information.


Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours: First Aid Guidelines (Mental Health First Aid)

Suicide can be prevented. Most suicidal people do not want to die. They simply do not want to live with the pain of their current situation. Openly talking about suicidal feelings can save a life. These Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviours First Aid Guidelines provide essential information to support these discussions.


Helping Someone with Mental Health Problems and Financial Difficulties (MHFA)

A fact sheet developed by Mental Health First Aid which outlines how to help someone who is experiencing mental health problems and financial difficulties.


Conversations Matter

A practical online resource to support safe and effective community discussions about suicide. This includes conversations with someone who may be thinking about suicide, those bereaved by suicide, and communities affected by suicide. 


Booklet - Finding your way back: A resource for people who have attempted suicide (Beyond Blue)

This resource is for people who have attempted suicide. It has been written to help you begin to answer some important questions about your future wellbeing


Booklet - Finding our way back: A resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples after a suicide attempt (Beyond Blue)

This resource provides practical information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their family and friends about what to do and what to expect if someone has attempted suicide. It is a starting point for working through some of the questions that can come up after a suicide attempt, where to get support, and who to contact in an emergency or for more information.


Booklet - Guiding their way back: A resource for people who are supporting someone after a suicide attempt (Beyond Blue)

This resource is for people who are supporting someone who has attempted suicide.


Communities Matter

Practical online resources to support suicide prevention for small towns and communities. Includes links to existing community groups.


Wesley LifeForce Member Networks

Wesley LifeForce works with local communities to develop suicide prevention networks. Member networks are provided with expert advice during network establishment, seed funding and ‘hands on’ support in planning and delivering suicide prevention projects in their local community. They also have Affiliate Networks in five other rural locations. Wesley LifeForce and Lifeline movement was established by Wesley Mission, a leader in the suicide prevention field for many years and continues to provide a range of suicide prevention, training and response services.


Glove box guide to mental health

A great online resource from The Land and Rural Adversity Mental Health Program. Full of people’s real stories from the land, and information for those seeking support.




If a life is in danger, please call 000.

For all other calls including suicide support and mental health counselling and advice, contact any of these services which will triage your call.

Crisis Support Services

  • Lifeline

State-based support numbers

These resources were collected as part of SuperFriend’s suicide prevention pilot program, SuperSPAN (SuperFriend Suicide Prevention Assistance Network), to provide Client Relationship Managers, Regional Managers and Financial Planners with access to a small number of SuperFriend’s recommended resources for their use in supporting rural clients.

The SuperSPAN pilot was a two-day seminar in Port Macquarie which trained participants to: understand the impact of rural adversity on mental health, recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide, engage with and support them to seek assistance, and communicate empathetically and effectively with those bereaved following a suicide.



Please click the play button to watch video from SuperFriend’s SuperSPAN Pilot Program