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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is suicide?

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    Lifeline is a national charity delivering 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians. Lifeline connects people to a broad range of national … View Profile

    Suicide is an intentional act to end one’s life.

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    Dr Toni Metelerkamp

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Toni works with adults and couples, and specialises in diagnosing and treating anxiety (panic disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder), phobias, substance and gambling, addictions, suicide and … View Profile

    Suicide is the deliberate and fatal act of ending one's life.  It can be the result of feeling overwhelmed about an issue or feeling as if there is no joy to be had out of living. It is usually a desperate measure when no solution seems possible and it can also be a cry for help. There are people to talk to if you, or someone you know, feel like this.  Both Lifeline (Tel: 13 11 14) and the Suicide Prevention Foundation (Tel: 1800 HOLDON or 1800 465 366) have 24-hour telephone support 7 days a week.  I would encourage you to visit the Suicide Prevention website for information and support. I wish you well. 

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    David Lawson


    We all have times when we need to talk with a person who really listens to us, someone outside our family or social circle - … View Profile

    Suicide happens when the person feels there is no other way to deal with the issues they are facing or unable to cope anymore. Things get to a point where something has to happen (the pressure of it) and for some it is suicide. For some people the thought of suicide becomes a release - the answer to ‘my problems’

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