About TALK SUICIDE Support Service

Who we help…

We are committed to providing suicide prevention, intervention, education, advocacy and support to people at risk of suicide, and to family members and friends that are concerned about them.

The TALK SUICIDE Support Service is a free service available to support individuals, families and friends of those at risk in the Brisbane area and surrounds. The TALK SUICIDE Support Service operates between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm providing telephone and face to face support to people 15 years and over.

How we work…

Our model of service is different but it works. We work together with people at risk of suicide. We don’t see them as ‘patients’ or ‘clients’.

We do not use an office to meet with people at risk. Rather, together we will choose a place, often outdoors, that is a relaxed and neutral environment. It may be a park, a beach or even a coffee shop, but it will be somewhere that is conducive to conversation and establishing a supportive relationship based on confidence and trust.

Our work goes beyond the norm. Our approach is to invest time to establish a relationship of empowerment and support. We provide a practical non-clinical, non-medical, non-therapeutic support mechanism built on empathy, compassion and care.

Our focus is to encourage individuals to gain an awareness of their world view and help them to build resilience and confidence that they can be ok.

Our approach has been recognised by the many individuals we have helped, as well as respected academics including Professor Graham Martin, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Queensland, and Clinical Director of RCH Health Service District Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS).**

**Professor Graham Martin works as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with skills in individual and family therapy. His research interests are in Early Intervention and Promotion of Mental Health with special reference to prevention of suicide in young people.