Support After Suicide

Support after suicide

Counselling

Support After Suicide provides counselling to individuals, couples and families who are bereaved by suicide. Given the complexity and intensity of this experience, it can be helpful to speak with someone who has expertise and who understands.

Counselling is available in Richmond, Melbourne CBD, Sunshine, Epping, Dandenong, Frankston, Mornington and Geelong.

We are also able to provide counselling by phone and Zoom. Contact us on 03 9421 7640 or at aftersuicide@jss.org.au to find out more or to arrange an appointment.

Support groups

Many people benefit from getting together in a group setting with others who are bereaved by suicide. We conduct a number of groups throughout the year.

To find out more or to register for a support group, contact us on 03 9421 7640 or aftersuicide@jss.org.au.

Early bereavement group

This is for people who have been bereaved for around 3-18 months. It is an 8-week group that is facilitated by two of the Support After Suicide counselling team. There is a topic or theme for each session and time for discussion between the participants. The same participants attend each session. This group runs several times a year. Contact us if you are interested in attending this group.

Parents discussion group

This support group meets on the first Wednesday evening of the month from February to December from 7.00-9.00pm in Richmond. It is for bereaved parents and is facilitated by one of the Support After Suicide counselling team and a peer support volunteer.

Partners support group

This group meets on the third Wednesday evening of the month from February to December from 7.00-9.00pm in Richmond. It is for those who have lost a partner to suicide and is facilitated by one of the Support After Suicide counselling team and a peer support volunteer.

Brothers and sisters group

The brothers and sisters group meets on the fourth Thursday evening of the month from 7.00-9.00pm in Richmond. It meets from January to November and is facilitated by one of the Support After Suicide team.

Adult children group

For adults who have lost a parent to suicide. This support group runs on the third Wednesday evening of the month from 7.00-9.00pm in Richmond. One of the Support After Suicide counselling team facilitates these meetings.

Men’s program

This program is for men bereaved by suicide. It meets on the second Thursday of each month in Richmond from 7.00-9.00pm. The format of these meetings often includes a guest speaker. Sessions are facilitated by one of the Support After Suicide counselling team and peer support volunteers.

Peer support

We auspice several support groups that are facilitated by experienced and trained peer support volunteers:

Coffee morning

This is a relaxed and informal gathering for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Peer support volunteers facilitate these meetings where tea, coffee and refreshments are served. There is a Coffee Morning in Richmond and Geelong and both meet on the second Wednesday morning of each month.

Dandenong support group

This group runs on the first Thursday of each month from 7.00-9.00pm.

Frankston support group

This group runs on the first Thursday of each month from 7.00-9.00pm.

Macedon Ranges support group

This support group is held on the second Monday of each month from 7.00-9.00pm in Newham.

West Gippsland support group

This support group is held on the first Thursday evening of each month from 7.00-9.00pm in Warragul.

Serious fun

Intended for primary school aged children, this group runs in each of the school holidays on a Wednesday morning. Several members of the Support After Suicide counselling team and trained volunteers facilitate these sessions. There is usually a theme relating to loss and grief that is a focus and then there is a time of play and fun. Children find this to be an enjoyable time of sharing with others who have lost someone important to suicide.

Different adventures

Designed for young people from ages 12 to 16, this program involves activities and events. There is usually an adventure camp each year as well as other activities such as a beach day and a day in the snow. Contact us for more information.

Online community

The Support After Suicide online community brings together people who are bereaved by suicide and living in Australia to meet and support one another. Members can discuss issues that are important to them and meet others who understand their experience.

It is an online space to share your story, ask advice and support others who have lost someone they care about to suicide.

You can join the community by completing a simple online form. We’ll ask you for a few details to ensure the community is right for you.

Community information sessions

A few times a year we run community information sessions for recently bereaved people. These are an opportunity to receive information about loss and grief, trauma, suicide and the experience of bereavement. We also offer some ideas about what may be helpful. These evenings also include one or two guest speakers who have been bereaved some time ago. They share their story of what happened and what they found to be helpful.

These sessions are also informative and valuable for the family and friends of bereaved people.

Publications

We were fighting the system as well as the illness

A research report detailing family perceptions of how the mental health system responds to those at risk of suicide.

Each of these publications is available to read online or you can purchase a copy.

Click on the link to read or you can purchase a copy.

Nothing prepared me for this

Prose and poetry written by people bereaved by suicide

Tell me what happened

Talking with children and young people about 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

Information sheets

We have a range of Information Sheets with relevant information for those bereaved by suicide. Much of the information is available on this website, but you can download a PDF copy here.

A Fair trial

Children and grief

Communicating with children

Coping with grief

Experiencing trauma

Suicide and grief

Guidelines for schools

Handling Special Occasions

Information for GPs

Returning to work

Supporting a bereaved person

What is grief

Young people and grief

For professionals

Education and training

Support After Suicide can provide a range of education and training sessions for health, education and welfare professionals. Topics include:

  • Current loss and grief theory
  • Trauma
  • Information about suicide
  • The unique issues and experiences of suicide bereavement
  • How to support a person bereaved by suicide

We are also able to provide education and support to those who wish to commence facilitating a suicide bereavement support group.

Secondary consultation

The Support After Suicide counselling team is available to provide information and consultation to families and professionals in how to effectively and sensitively respond to bereaved individuals and families.

You can call us on 03 9421 7640 or complete the Contact form and we’ll respond to you,

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