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Safetalk Suicide Awareness

Aboriginal health is holistic and interconnected.

About the SafeTALK Suicide Awareness team

The AHCSA SafeTALK Suicide Awareness program works with Aboriginal health services and the broader health sector across South Australia to address issues such as suicide, self-harm, and mental illness.

The program supports ACCHSs and other services working with Aboriginal people in helping to provide tools to adapt and deal with daily challenges (resilience and coping skills) while leading a fulfilling life - with understanding and recognition of Aboriginal resilience, diversity and unique community needs.


Education and Support

In partnership with Livingworks, AHCSA's Social & Emotional Wellbeing officers provide education and training to Members through SafeTALK workshops.

SafeTALK workshops feature:

  • Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
  • Access to support from a local community resource person
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe


Fact: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face a much higher risk of suicide than do non-Indigenous Australians.


Most people with thoughts of suicide do not truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words & actions, they invite help to stay alive.


Sources of support

First and most importantly: Elders and family within community

Emergency services



13 11 14


13 92 76

Brother to Brother

1800 435 799
A 24-hour crisis line staffed by Aboriginal men, including Elders, with lived experience.

Beyond Blue 

1300 224 636

Mental Health Triage Line 

13 14 65

Kids Help Line

1800 55 1800

Indigenous Suicide Postvention Services

1800 805 801
Support for individuals, families, and communities affected by suicide or other significant trauma.

Suicide Callback Service

1300 659 467
Phone & online counselling for people at risk of suicide or bereaved by suicide.

Men's Line Australia

1300 789 978


1800 650 890

Care Leavers Australasia Network

1800 008 774

Domestic and Family Violence Helpline

1800 671 458

Reach Out

On the web: au.reachout.com

Black Dog Institute

On the web: blackdoginstitute.org.au


We gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of the following organisations: