People experiencing mental illness often face a greater risk of suicide than people with good mental health.

Those experiencing suicidal thoughts often find it difficult to approach or engage with appropriate services because of the shame and stigma associated with suicide.

The Department of Health & Human Services has produced a detailed series of guidelines on Working with the suicidal person, which aim to help mental health services and clinicians to assess, manage and work with people who have made a suicide attempt or are at risk of taking their own lives.