Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation

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The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation is a nationwide, non-government, privately funded organisation focussed on providing an outlet for those considering suicide and their friends and relatives affected by such an event. Our basic message is “you would never advise a friend to die; tell yourself what you’d tell a friend”.

Suicide is the number one cause of death for all Australians aged between 15 & 44. The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation provides Australia-wide suicide prevention & intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have been funded solely by donations from the public since our foundation in 1997. We base our intervention programme on the availability and accessibility of internet technology to provide immediate answers & recommendations to the user suffering severe emotional pain irrespective of the time and location, without relying on the availability of counsellors. We buy time for isolated people. We provide accessible and stigma-free practical information and recommendations through the use of internet & telephone services advertised in all Australian telephone directories. Our websites attract in excess of 50,000 users per month. Our Focus? HOLD ON TO LIFE “You would never advise a friend to die, tell yourself what you’d tell a friend”.



ASPF is a Registered Harm Prevention Charity, Deductible Gift Recipient under the Federal Government taxation system and is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, ACNC.


The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation is a public fund listed on the Register of Harm Prevention Charities under Subdivision 30-EA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Your help with our cause is greatly appreciated.



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The services offered by the Suicide Prevention Foundation are for anyone who is having problems, feeling down, sad, etc. Our Suicide Prevention site is also for people suffering from depression. We can provide you with information or contact information for people who can listen and help. Hopefully, if you are reading this, you’re just going through a period of normal human unhappiness due to some personal problem or event. The most likely outcome is that you will feel back to your normal self very soon. 

Medical research shows that connections with multiple friends and family members protect someone having suicidal thoughts and depression.

ASPF has recently released an innovative web service, In Tough Times Text, addressing the following key areas to help those close to the person in trouble:

  • What You Can Ask
  • What You Can Say
  • What You Can Do

Most suicide attempts occur outside business hours. We have generated these texts for you to forward, or change them to be more personal. Save a Life… Send a Text.

The suicidal person feels hopeless, a burden, not understood, alone, worthless, and believes that the pain will never stop. Frequent texts from lots of friends and family members can help fight these thoughts.

If a friend is suicidal, professional help is vital, especially if the ideas are significant. A team of friends and family together can help protect the suicidal person with these messages. Save a life; Send a text (in your words).

It is crucial to keep Connecting Until Recovery

Ongoing frequent support from multiple friends and family over weeks, not just days, is incredibly protective. Suicidal ideas usually take time to build up and time to go away.


Telephone Service

We provide a nationwide free call dial in telephone service providing a 12 minute recorded information service emphasising the fact that nearly all suicidal ideas are due to stress and depression, describing the symptoms of depression, encouraging the caller to seek treatment, offering advice for immediate intervention, and insisting the illness can be cured.



1800 465 366


Web Services

The Foundation has a number of information web sites which have been developed to provide a further means of assisting people address their issues and providing support: