Here is some useful information for people who have lost someone to suicide or those who are supporting them.
Practical stuff: what happens now, what do I need to do
Click here to access the Bereavement Information & Support pack that includes information on:
Other things to think about:
Suicide bereavement can be an incredibly difficult experience, and sometimes you may need some extra support from a health professional.
Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service - 4229 9495
South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (Shoalhaven) - 1800 215 099
Illawarra Shoalhaven Multicultural Health (health services) - 4221 6770
Illawarra Multicultural Services (social support) - 4229 685
Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra (social support & training) - 4229 7566
SCARF (social support for refugees) - 4424 8646
STARTTS (torture / trauma survivors) - 9057 7380
The idea of talking to children about suicide is daunting. Here are some websites & resources that can help:
Local psychology practices who see children & families bereaved by suicide:
National services for kids:
Resuming your normal routine can help you to cope with the grief and feel a sense of normalcy in your life. But going back to the workplace following the suicide of a loved one can be daunting.
Things to think about:
What you're entitled to:
If you (or your child) is a student you should be able to access support to help you manage your study commitments. This could include:
As this varies by age and institution it is recommended that you advise them of the death and specifically ask what support is available to you or your child.
When a suicide occurs, it can have a devastating effect on family members, friends and others who knew the person. You might not know what to say or what to do when this happens. While everyone is different, and will grieve differently, there are some things you can do and say to support someone you know who is bereaved by suicide.
There are a number of things you can do to support a colleague bereaved by suicide, and some that you should avoid.
See below some other videos, books and resources you may find useful.
- The Reality Slap - how to deal with unexpected change.