Support After Suicide

Helpful resources


These websites have some additional information that you may find helpful.

Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief and Network

Resources on loss, grief and trauma in children and young people.

Beyond Blue

Information about anxiety and depression. Phone and online support.

Black Dog Institute

Information on mental health and suicide prevention

Conversations Matter

Resources to support safe and effective discussions about suicide.


Information on mental health and suicide prevention

Postvention Australia

Association for people bereaved by suicide. Information on support groups.

Sane Australia

Assisting people with a mental illness and carers. Online forums and helpline.

Suicide Prevention Australia

National peak body for suicide prevention


Winston’s Wish

Support to bereaved children, their families and professionals. There is an online section specifically for children and young people.


Dougy Center

A national centre for grieving children and families. Has a range of good resources available.


Support After Suicide publications

Nothing prepared me for this

Prose and poetry written by people bereaved by suicide

Thank you for listening

Prose and poetry written by people bereaved by suicide

The cost of silence

Stories written by men telling of their experience of suicide bereavement

Tell me what happened

Talking with children and young people about suicide



Other reading

Baugher, Bob and Jordan, Jack: After Suicide Loss: Coping With Your Grief. (Available through the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.)

Bialosky, Jill (2011) History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Atria.

Braun, Noel (2010) No Way To Behave at a Funeral.Sid Harta Publishers. (Death of his wife)

Clarke, S. (1995), After Suicide: Help for the Bereaved. Hill of Content Publishing.

Cobain, Bev and Larch, Jean (2006) Dying to be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide. Hazelden.

de Leo, Diego (2010) Turning Points: an extraordinary journey into the suicidal mind. Australian Academic Press.

Fine, C. (1997) No Time To Say Goodbye, surviving the suicide of a loved one. Broadway Books, New York.

Joiner, Thomas (2007) Why do people die by suicide. Harvard University Press.

Linn-Gust, Michelle (2010) Rocky Roads: The Journeys of Families through Suicide Grief. Chellehead Works.

Lukas, Christopher and Seiden, Henry M. (2007) Silent Grief:; Living in the Wake of Suicide. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Mackellar, Maggie (2010) When It Rains…a memoir. Vintage Books, Australia (Death of her husband).

Myers, M. F. & Fine, C (2006) Touched by Suicide: hope and healing after loss. Gotham Books.

Noel, B. and Blair, Pamela D. (2000) I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye. Champion Press, Wisconsin.

Reid, S. K. (2010) After Life, After You.Jane Curry Publishing. (Death of a partner)

Requarth, Margo (2006) After A Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal. Healing Hearts Press.

Ross, E. (2001) After Suicide: a ray of hope for those left behind, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, MA.

Rubel, B. (1999) But I Didn’t Say Goodbye. For parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors. Griefwork Press, New Jersey.

Simolin, A. and Quinan, J. (1993), Healing After The Suicide Of A Loved One, Simon and Schuster, New York.

Styron, W (1990) Darkness Visible. Vintage Books, London.

Wertheimer, A. (2001) A Special Scar: The Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide. Psychology Press.

Wickersham, Joan (2009) The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order. Mariner Books.

Woolley, Belinda & Meemeduma, Pauline (eds.) (2006) If only: personal stories of loss through suicide. University of Western Australia Press.

For young people

Ross, E. (2001) After Suicide: a ray of hope for those left behind, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, MA.

For children

Cammarata, Doreen (2009) Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A story for children survivors and those who care for them. Limitless Press.

Sands, Dr Diana (2011) Red Chocolate Elephants: for children bereaved by suicide. Karridale. (This is a book and DVD) Available at the website of Bereaved by Suicide.

The Dougy Center (2001) After a Suicide Death: an activity book for grieving kids. The Dougy Center, Portland, Oregon. ( Available at the website of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.