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Where can I go for help?

If you're worried somebody you know may be radicalising to violent extremism, the most important thing you can do is get help. Thankfully, you're not alone as there are a range of services that can help you

Step Together is a helpline and online service to help people who know someone that may be headed down the path to violent extremism. Step Together is not a reporting service; it exists to offer information, advice and referrals.  You can contact the Step Together helpline on 1800 875 204.  The helpline is staffed by professional counsellors from a registered charity with experience in trauma-informed counselling.

For more information on what to do if you're worried someone you know is radicalising, download:

Threats of harm

If someone indicates they are going to harm themselves or other people, this must be taken seriously and acted upon immediately. You can contact the numbers listed below (anonymously if you want):

  • National Security Hotline 1 800 123 400 – if you're worried that someone you know may be engaged in terrorism or may be preparing to commit a crime - call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.
  • Triple Zero (000) – if someone has threatened to harm you or someone else

You can also call the Translating and Interpreting Hotline on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the above numbers if English is not your first language.

You're not alone

Remember, as a friend, family or community member providing assistance, it is important to look after yourself. Speak with trusted people in your community or other families who have had similar experiences, or contact a support service such as:

  • Lifeline for 24/7 crisis phone support on 13 11 14
  • Kids helpline for 24/7 phone counselling and info for 5-25 year olds on 1 800 55 1800
  • Reachout.com for support, tools and tips for 14-25 year olds(au.reachout.com)
  • Mental Health in Multicultural Australia for translated mental health resources (mhima.org.au)
  • RUOK for more contacts (ruok.org.au/findhelp)