Suicide & Self Harm


“The death of a young person is one of the most tragic events of the human condition. We find the deliberate seeking of death by the young not only tragic, but also frightening and bewildering. “Why?” we ask. With everything ahead, in full possession of the sparkling gift of youth, what kind of desperation leads to forfeiting the future, abandoning existence?”

- ‘A Child’s Eye View’ – Ruth Lampert

Many adolescents—though not all—who have threatened, attempted, or committed suicide have likely been deeply depressed for a significant period of time. Sadly, there is a contagion element to this process whereby the suicide death by a young person can increase the vulnerability to suicide as an option for the friendship group and/or siblings left behind. This is one of many risk factors that can ignite vulnerabilities in each individual.

We—Ron and Beverley—have many years of experience working with adolescent males and females respectively. We work with young people who are suffering a level of despair that has reached a point whereby suicidal thoughts begin to emerge. We offer a safe, respectful and caring environment in order to create a natural rapport with our vulnerable and distressed young clients.

We both welcome the opportunity to support the young person as he/she navigates his/her way through this challenging, often scary, period of time. Throughout this journey, we also provide skills training and psychoeducation to develop in them self-support strategies for increased self-efficacy. We are committed to this experiential process and find it rewarding as we witness young people discover their life direction and/or ignite their passion.


“Every year close to 800,000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds globally in 2015.”

- World Health Organisation (WHO) – fact sheet March 2017

As you can see from the above quote, suicide is a serious global public health problem. It is also a preventable condition with a timely intervention such as therapy.

We at SBCP have extensive experience with assisting people with understanding their process, including their despair that evokes intrusive thoughts that suicide could be an option for them. There are many complexities and risk factors including the impulsivity nature of suicide that defies prediction and warning signals to the loved ones that surround the person at risk.

We promote a safe non-judgemental environment that affords respect and regard that gently elicits self-awareness as we explore your despair. Research continues to identify it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship that best helps individuals to effect desired outcomes and change in their life.

Medicare rebates are available with a GP Mental Health Care Plan. Private Health Fund rebates may apply (no referral required).

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(08) 9341 7981