Everyone needs an ear, but it’s important we know what to look out for to signal that someone needs to speak with a healthcare professional.

As part of the Stay Afloat Australia mental health pilot program we want to give the friends and family of our fishers the 101 on how you can be the best support while helping loved ones who are experiencing tougher times. Below you’ll find a number of resources to assist you in difficult, but important conversations.

If you, or someone you know, needs help or support please call:

13 11 14

1300 22 463

1800 551 800

1300 78 99 78

If there is immediate danger please call 000 or visit your nearest hospital emergency department.

What to do if someone you know is suicidal
  • If someone’s life is in immediate danger please call 000 immediately or visit your nearest hospital emergency department.
  • Suicide prevention starts with recognising the warning signs. Though these may vary between people, here are some of the more common warning signs when it comes to suicide:
    • Social isolation or feeling alone
    • Aggression or irritability
    • Possessing lethal means
    • Feeling like a burden to others
    • Dramatic changes in mood and behaviour
    • Frequently talking about death
    • A history of suicidal behaviour
    • Engaging in ‘risky’ behaviours
    • Feeling like you don’t belong
    • Giving things away
    • Alcohol and drug abuse
    • Feeling trapped
    • Feeling worthless
    • A sense of hopelessness or no hope for the future
  • If you notice warning signs in someone you care about, it’s important to start the conversation. Talking to someone about whether they’re having suicidal thoughts can be hard. However, know that you’re not putting the idea of suicide into their head. Rather, you are reminding them that they are not alone and that there are supports out there to help them.
  • So how do you start the conversation? The best way is to be honest with them about what you’ve noticed and how you feel: “You haven’t seemed yourself lately and I’m worried about you.”
  • Follow this up with assuring them that you are there for them: “I want to help you and I’m here for you if you want to talk.”
  • It’s not an easy conversation, but it also might be one of the most important ones you ever have. Click here for some helpful resources. 
How to support a colleague with depression

Learn what to say and how to be supportive when a workmate is going through a hard time.

Learn more here

Starting a conversation
  • Have you noticed a workmate behaving differently? Do they not seem their usual self? If you’re concerned about someone, approach them and start a conversation. You’ll find some tips on things to say to start a conversation here 
  • We know it’s important to understand their situation and encourage them to seek support. You can learn a little more about what it’s like to be a fisher in our focus communities here:
Accidental counselling – when someone confides in you
  • If someone you know is going through a tough time, they might tell you about it when you feel least prepared to help them.
  • It’s important to remember that you don’t need to be an expert to support someone. You also don’t have to help them address all their challenges during a single, unexpected conversation.
  • Consider the situation from their shoes – the number one reason they’re seeking you out is because they trust you. Perhaps they need your help to talk to someone they don’t know like a counsellor or a GP.
  • Click here to find out more
  • Click the links below to find healthcare networks familiar with our industry in the focus communities: