Find Related Organisations

Grief, particularly in response to suicide, can be very difficult and overwhelming but there are organisations and programs that have particular knowledge and experience in providing resources, support and counselling to children, young people and adults who are bereaved by suicide.

Suicide Specific Counselling and Support

Victoria

– Melbourne

Support After Suicide
Location: Richmond, VIC
Phone: 03 9421 7640

Counselling and group programs. Counselling is available in other metropolitan locations: Lalor, Ferntree Gully, Dandenong, Frankston and Melbourne CBD. Education, training and secondary consultation for education, health and welfare professionals across both metropolitan and rural Victoria. No cost.

Support After Suicide Group
Location: Richmond, VIC
Phone: 03 9421 7640

An opportunity for people who have been recently suicide bereaved to gain a greater understanding of their situation and to spend time and communicate with others who have also been bereaved by suicide. For information about the next support group go to News and Events.

The Compassionate Friends
Location: Victoria Wide
Phone: 03 9888 4944

Bereaved parent and sibling network. Suicide bereavement support group each month in Canterbury and general groups in Camberwell, Eltham, Sunshine. No fee.

– Bendigo

Loddon Mallee StandBy Response Service
Location: Bendigo, VIC
Phone: 0439 173 310

StandBy is a Suicide Bereavement Response Service that provides a 24-hour coordinated community crisis response to families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide The Loddon Mallee StandBy service is run by the Bendigo Community Health Service.

– Geelong

After Suicide Support Group
Location: Geelong, VIC
Phone: 03 5222 4101

Hope Bereavement Care and Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment. Aims to support any person who has experienced the death of a young person by suicide. Third Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm.

ACT

– Canberra

Canberra StandBy Response Service
Location: Canberra, ACT
Phone: 0421 725 180

StandBy is a Suicide Bereavement Response Service that provides a 24-hour coordinated community crisis response to families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The Canberra StandBy service is run by SupportLink and covers the ACT.

Canberra After Suicide Support
Location: Canberra, ACT
Phone: 0421 725 180

Canberra After Suicide Support (CASS) is a self-help group organised by people who have experienced the suicide of someone close. CASS assists people bereaved by suicide by providing: information about suicide bereavement and opportunities for them to meet others. CASS also organises the annual Remembrance Ceremony for Lives Lost to Suicide.

NEW SOUTH WALES

– Sydney

Support After Suicide Group - Department of Forensic Medicine
Location: Burwood, NSW
Phone: 02 8584 7800

Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftsbury Road, Burwood.
1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm (exc. January)
WINGS of Hope
Email: contact@wingsofhope.org.au

The voice of people bereaved by suicide.
Western Sydney Suicide Prevention & Support Network
Location: Penrith, NSW
Phone: 0402 627 696

Second Wednesday each month. Please call before attending.
Western Sydney Suicide Prevention & Support Network
Location: Richmond, NSW
Phone: 0402 627 696

Last Wednesday each month.Please call before attending.
Support After Suicide
Location: Sutherland Shire, NSW
Phone: 02 9545 0299 or 0412 522 140

Sutherland United Services Club, East Parade.
Open group, third Tuesday of every month at 7.00pm
Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief Therapy
Location: Lower North Shore, NSW
Phone: 04 1472 1653

Group programs available. There is a fee for services.

– Ashby Heights

Suicide Bereaved Support Group of Maclean
Location: Maclean, NSW
Email: barbara.rigg@bigpond.com

This group meets at the CWA Hall in Maclean on the first Friday of each month 1:30 to 2:30pm.

– Balgowlah

Lifeline Northern Beaches Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Location: Balgowlah, NSW
Contact: Kathi Pauncz
Phone: 02 9949 5522
Email: admin@lifelinenb.org.au

This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 to 9pm.

– Dubbo & the Central West

National Association of Loss & Grief Suicide Network
Location: Dubbo, NSW
Phone: 02 6882 9222
Email: info@nalag.org.au

Ann-Maree Hartley. Please contact the group coordinator for details.

– Gordon

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury
Location: Gordon, NSW
Phone: 02 9498 8805

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury offers a monthly support group for those bereaved by suicide. The meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7 to 9pm.
Gordon Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Location: Gordon, NSW
Contact: Ceiny Maybury
Phone: 0402 053 692 Email: ceiny@msn.com

This support group meets at 7pm on the second Thursday of each month, at 4 Park Avenue, Gordon.

– Grafton

After Suicide Support Group (ASSG) Clarence Valley
Location: Grafton, NSW
Contact: Margaret McKenna
Phone: 0419 421 066
Email: margaret_mckenna@hotmail.com

ASSG provide telephone support or face to face meetings for individuals or groups in Grafton.

– Kempsey

Suicide After Suicide Group
Location: Kempsey, NSW
Contact: Lee-Ann Foord
Phone: 02 6581 2800
Email: lifematters@lifelinemidcoast.org.au

Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month, from February to November.

– Kirrawee

Southern Community Welfare
Location: Kirrawee, NSW
Contact: Susan Foyle
Phone: 02 9545 0299
Email: admin@scw.org.au

Southern Community Welfare currently don't run a support group but do offer six free sessions of counselling to anyone bereaved by suicide, at any stage of bereavement.

– Lismore

Lifeline Northern Rivers Support After Suicide Group
Location: Lismore, NSW
Contact: Jan Fedley
Phone: 02 6622 4133
Email: lifeline@lis.net.au

Lifeline Northern Rivers runs an annual closed support group to assist those who have experienced their loss by suicide for at least three months.
Northern Rivers Social Development Council
Location: Lismore, NSW
Phone: 0417 119 298

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The North Coast NSW service is managed by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council.

– Narellan

Lifeline Marcarthur Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Location: Narellan, NSW
Contact: Jacky Moore
Phone: 02 4645 7200
Email: moorej@lifelinemacarthur.org.au

– Narrabeen

Lifeline Northern Beaches Inc Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Location: Narrabeen, NSW
Contact: Kathi Pauncz
Phone: 02 9949 5522
Email: admin@lifelinenb.org.au

The group aims to provide a safe and confidential environment of trust for people to share their experiences and support each other. Meetings are held at the Tramshed, Narrabeen on the second Tuesday each month, 7 - 9pm.

– Newcastle

Newcastle SOS Support Group
Location: Newcastle, NSW
Phone: 02 4940 2000

This group meets at 7pm on the first Wednesday evening of each month and offers support and networking for those who have lost a family member, friend or partner to suicide. This group is supported by Lifeline Newcastle and Hunter.

– Orange

Location: Orange, NSW
Contact: Jamy Somerville
Phone: 0438 700 609
Email: jamy.somerville@gmail.com

This group provides a safe and caring environment for those bereaved by suicide to share their experience and knowledge. Meetings are held at the Community Centre in Kite Street on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm. Please phone before attending.

– Port Macquarie

Support After Suicide
Location: Port Macquarie, NSW
Phone: 02 6581 2800

Open group held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from February to November. From time to time they may also offer a closed group. They also have a facebook group for adolescents. Life Matters also offer a newsletter for survivors and hold annual memorial services in Tinonee and Port Macquarie.

– Port Stephens

Port Stephens SOS Support Group
Location: Port Stephens, NSW
Phone: 02 4940 2000

This group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at Tomaree Library, Salamander Bay from 7pm-9pm.

– Smeaton Grange

Lifeline Macarthur
Location: Smeaton Grange, NSW
Phone: 02 4645 7200

Lifeline Macarthur offers a Bereaved by Suicide Support Group. This group is an open group and is held monthly. For further information please contact the coordinator, Jacky Moore. Jacky likes to meet people before they attend the group for the first time.

– Wollongong

ETC Suicide Bereavement Support - The Salvation Army First Floor Program
Location: Wollongong, NSW
Contact: Marilyn Dunn
Phone: 4229 1079 or 0411 143 586
Email: marilyn.dunn@aue.salvationarmy.org

Peer support is also available for those in the early stages of loss to suicide.

– Wagga Wagga

Support After Suicide Group
Location: Wagga Wagga, NSW
Phone: 02 6922 4438 or 02 6922 5520

Support After Suicide group, meets monthly. Even months: second Friday at 12 noon. Odd months: second Wednesday at 6.00pm at the Wagga RSL Club, Dobbs St.

– Wyoming

Lifeline Central Coast NSW
Location: Wyoming, NSW
Phone: 02 4323 6105

Lifeline Central Coast NSW offer a Bereaved by Suicide Support Group.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

– Alice Springs

Central Australia StandBy Response Service
Location: Alice Springs, NT
Phone: 0439 842 155

StandBy is a Suicide Bereavement Response Service that provides a 24-hour coordinated community crisis response to families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide The Central Austalia StandBy service is run by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia.

Top End StandBy Response Service
Location: Darwin, NT
Phone: 0418 575 680

StandBy is a Suicide Bereavement Response Service that provides a 24-hour coordinated community crisis response to families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide The Top End StandBy service is run by Anglicare NT.

QUEENSLAND

– Brisbane

Brisbane StandBy Response Service
Location: Brisbane, QLD
Phone: 0438 150 180

StandBy is a Suicide Bereavement Response Service that provides a 24-hour coordinated community crisis response to families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide The Brisbane StandBy service is run by Lifeline part of Uniting Care.

Suicide Bereavement Group
Location: Brisbane, QLD
Phone: 07 3624 2400

Lifeline offers a monthly peer support group and an 8-week professionally facilitated psycho-educational group. These groups aim to provide information about suicide, guidance, support and contact with others who have experienced a similar loss.

– Annerley

Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Association (SOSBSA)
Location: Annerley, QLD
Contact: SOSBSA
Phone: 1300 767 022 or 0423 567 055
Email: secretary@sosbsa.org.au

For anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide at any stage in their grief. Meetings are held at 473 Annerley Road, Annerley on the second Friday of the month at 7.30pm

– Cairns

Far North Queensland StandBy Response Service
Location: Cairns, QLD
Phone: 0459 299 147

StandBy is a Suicide Bereavement Response Service that provides a 24-hour coordinated community crisis response to families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The Far North Queensland StandBy service is run by Lifeline part of Uniting Care Community.
Life Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Location: Cairns, QLD

The group is facilitated by trained counsellors including an Aboriginal person well known and accepted throughout Far North Queensland. Meeting are held at 6 Aplin Street, Cairns every three weeks (or as determined at the previous meeting) from 10am to 12pm.
Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Association (SOSBSA).
Location: Cairns, QLD
Phone: 4045 2955 or 0407 695 891
Email: secretary@sosbsa.org.au

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm
247 Lake Street
Cairns, Queensland

– Caloundra / Currimindi

Caloundra Living Beyond Suicide Support Group
Location: Currimindi, QLD
Phone: 07 5409 4995 or 0407 766 961

The Caloundra Living Beyond Suicide Support Group is supported by United Synergies Ltd.

Meetings are helod on the first Monday of the month at 10am
42 Croydon Ave,
Currimundi, Queensland

– Ipswich

Lifeline Suicide Bereavement Peer Support Group
Location: Ipswich, QLD
Contact: Karen Prestidge
Phone: 07 3816 9610
Email: sbg.ipswich@uccommunity.org.au

The suicide bereavement support group provides a confidential, non-judgemental and compassionate setting where participants are able to give and receive support. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.

– Mackay

Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Association (Support Group)
Location: Mt Pleasant, QLD
Contact: Kim
Phone: 0430 186 149
Email: secretary@sosbsa.org.au

For anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide at any stage in their grief. Meetings are held at 2pm on the second Saturday of every month and the Gordon White Library, 54 Phillip Street, Mt Pleasant.

– Maryborough

Wide Bay Burnett StandBy Response Service
Location: Maryborough, QLD
Phone: 07 4121 0860 or 0427 748 729

StandBy is a Suicide Bereavement Response Service that provides a 24-hour coordinated community crisis response to families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The service is managed by United Synergies Ltd.

– Mount Isa

Centacare
Location: Mount Isa, QLD
Phone: 0408 839 711

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The NW Central Queensland service is managed by Centacare.

– Sunshine and Cooloola Coasts

Sunshine & Cooloola Coasts StandBy Response Service
Location: Tewantin, QLD
Phone: 0407 766 961

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The service is managed by United Synergies Ltd.

– Townsville

Bereaved by Suicide Support Group
Location: North Condon, QLD
Phone: 07 4447 7198 or 07 4723 5607

Meetings are held at the Salvation Army, 49-61 Beck Drive, North Condon, at 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

– Whitsundays

Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Association (Support Group)
Location: Airlie Beach, QLD
Phone: 0412 448 805
Email: secretary@sosbsa.org.au

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month at 2pm.

South Australia

– Adelaide

Anglicare: Living Beyond Suicide
Location: Adelaide, SA
Phone: 1300 76 11 93

10am - 10pm, 7 days a week.
Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group - Adelaide
Location: Adelaide CBD, SA
Phone: 08 8332 8240 or 0468 440 287
Email: support@bts.org.au

For people who have lost a relative, friend or colleague through suicide.
Telephone support: 8am - 8pm, 7 days per week
Meetings: Every third Wednesday, 7pm - 9pm

– Port Augusta

Country North SA StandBy Response Service
Location: Port Augusta, SA
Phone: 0438 728 644

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The Country North SA StandBy service is run by Centacare Country SA.

– Mt Gambier

Country North SA StandBy Response Service
Location: Mt Gambier, SA
Phone: 0437 752 458

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The Country South SA StandBy service is run by Uniting Communities

Tasmania

– Devonport

North/North West Tasmania StandBy Response Service
Location: Devonport, TAS
Phone: 0439 556 660

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The North/North West Tasmania StandBy service is run by CLS.

– Hobart

Southern Tasmania StandBy Response Service
Location: Hobart, TAS
Phone: 0400 183 490

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The Southern Tasmania StandBy service is run by Lifeline Hobart
Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Location: New Town, TAS
Contact: Helen Scarr
Phone: 1300 364 277
Email: helens@reltas.com.au

An open group for people bereaved by suicide. Meeting are held on the second Thursday of each month at 20 Clare St, New Town.

Western Australia

– Albany

Lighthouse Support Group
Location: Albany, WA
Phone: 0427 413 998 or 08 9842 1549

A beacon of light and hope for those bereaved by suicide.

– Broome

West Kimberley StandBy Response Service
Location: Broome, WA
Phone: 0458 889 937

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The West Kimberley StandBy service is run by Kinway/Anglicare WA.

– Karratha

Pilbara StandBy Response Service
Location: Karratha, WA
Phone: 0438 611 999

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The Pilbara StandBy service is run by the Pilbara Health Network

– Kununurra

East Kimberley StandBy Response Service
Location: Kununurra, WA
Phone: 0488 910 012

StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated response to address the needs of families, friends and associates who have been bereaved through suicide. The East Kimberley StandBy service is run by Kinway/Anglicare WA.

– Perth

ARBOR
Location: Perth, WA
Phone: 08 9263 2150

ARBOR is a counselling and outreach service which provides support for people bereaved by suicide.

Crisis Lines 24/7

Lifeline
Phone: 13 11 14

Suicide Callback Service
Phone: 1300 659 467

The Suicide Call Back Service provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers of someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide across Australia.

National Bereaved by Suicide Line
Phone: 1300 467 354

For those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Kids Helpline
Phone: 1800 55 1800

Kids Helpline is a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years.

MensLine
Phone: 1300 78 99 78

MensLine Australia is a 24/7 telephone support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.

Griefline (VIC)
Phone: 03 9935 7400 (12.00pm - 3.00am)

Suicideline (VIC)
Phone: 1300 651 251

Information and support packs for those bereaved by suicide

Separate packs have been prepared for each state and territory within Australia:

Coronial Services

  • ACT - (02) 6207 1754
  • NSW - (02) 8584 7777
  • NT - (08) 8999 7770
  • QLD - (07) 3000 9342
  • SA - (08) 8204 0600
  • TAS - Hobart: (03) 6233 6202, Launceston: (03) 6336 2808
  • VIC - 1300 309 519
  • WA - (08) 9425 2900 or 1800 671 994

Gay and Lesbian Support

NSW - Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service
02 8594 9596
1800 18 GLCS (5.30pm-10.30pm, 7 days)
SA - Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service
1800 18 22 33 (7pm-10pm weeknights)
QLD - Gay and Lesbian Welfare Association
08 8193 0800 (7pm-10pm, 7 days)
VIC / TAS - Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
03 9663 2939 (Melbourne)
1800 184 527 (Regional VIC and Tasmania)
WA - Gay and Lesbian Community Service
1800 184 527 (5.30pm-10.30pm 7 days a week)

Parenting Support

ACT - Parentline Australian Capital Territory
(02) 6287 3833 (cost of a local call)
9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday
NSW - Parentline New South Wales
1300 1300 52 (cost of a local call)
24 hours a day, seven days a week
QLD & NT - Parentline Queensland and Northern Territory
1300 30 1300 (cost of a local call)
8am to 10pm, seven days a week
SA - Parent Helpline South Australia
1300 364 100 (cost of a local call)
24 hours a day, seven days a week
TAS - Parentine Line Tasmania
1300 808 178 (cost of a local call)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
VIC - Parentline Victoria
13 22 89 (cost of a local call)
8am to 12am, 7 days a week
WA - Parent Help Centre Western Australia
(08) 9272 1466 or 1800 654 432 (free for STD callers)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week