Support After Suicide

Supporting those who’ve lost a loved one to suicide.

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What is the program?

Support After Suicide provides free support to improve the lives of children, young people and adults bereaved by suicide. The program offers counselling, support groups and online resources to support those who have lost a loved one. We also deliver training to health, welfare and education professionals. Jesuit Social Services has delivered Support After Suicide throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria since 2004 and in New South Wales since 2021.

How does the program help?

The experience of losing a loved one to suicide for many people is overwhelming and intense. Even the most resilient of people will find it challenging and complex to manage and understand.

Support After Suicide was established to assist people to find their way through and reduce the impact of grief and trauma. The team at Support After Suicide have many years’ experience in working with people and have specialist expertise in bereavement, trauma and suicide. Given the intensity of this experience, it can be helpful to speak with someone who has this expertise and who understands the complexity of the experience.

How does the program work?

We offer counselling and support groups for people bereaved by suicide.

Counselling

Support After Suicide provides free individual and family counselling to people bereaved by suicide.

Our experienced counsellors have particular expertise and knowledge about suicide, grief and trauma.

By speaking with a counsellor, participants learn how to manage the intense and complex experience of losing a loved one to suicide.

Support groups

Support After Suicide runs a number of support groups throughout the year. There are professionally facilitated groups and peer support groups.

We provide specific group programs for parents, partners, siblings, adult children, and a men’s program. We also run programs for children and young people.

Our support groups offer people bereaved by suicide the opportunity to:

  • spend time and communicate with others bereaved by suicide
  • experience being understood and not feel so alone
  • learn strategies to help find the way through the grief and trauma.
We provide resources to help people better understand their situation

Support After Suicide has a comprehensive range of resources to assist individuals and families bereaved by suicide, including:

  • a series of books
  • Information sheets about grief, responding to trauma and supporting a person bereaved by suicide
  • a recommended reading list
  • a dedicated Support After Suicide website, which offers immediate practical information, material to help people understand grief and suicide, descriptions of support services, and stories by others bereaved by suicide
  • a secure and private online community, where people bereaved by suicide can share stories, ask advice and support others who have lost someone to suicide.
  • a podcast for LGBTIQA+ people who are bereaved by suicide. This was created in partnership with Joy94.9 and Switchboard VIC.
We educate and train professionals to support those who are bereaved

Many people working in health, welfare and education come into contact with people who are bereaved by suicide.

Our training empowers professionals in these roles to:

  • understand suicide bereavement issues
  • respond effectively and sensitively to people bereaved by suicide.

Topics we cover include current bereavement theory, the unique issues in suicide bereavement, trauma, and providing effective care and support to people bereaved by suicide.

Training for health, welfare and education professionals can be arranged across Victoria and is free of charge.

For more information about Support After Suicide

Visit the Support After Suicide website.

Who can access the program?

Support is available to individuals, couples and families who are bereaved by suicide.

Where is this program available?

Counselling is available in metropolitan Melbourne (Dandenong, Frankston, Richmond, Brunswick, Sunshine and the CBD), regional Victoria (Geelong, Gippsland and Bacchus Marsh), New South Wales (Burwood and surrounding NSW regions of ACT). Counselling is also available online and by phone.

In Victoria, most groups are available in Richmond and online. There are peer support groups in Macedon Ranges and West Gippsland. In NSW, groups are run in Burwood and online.

How to access the program

To access support or speak about our program, please contact aftersuicide@jss.org.au or call 1800 943 415.

We are not able to offer 24 hour crisis support. Crisis numbers are available on the Support After Suicide website.

Helpful resources and information

Access a range of resources and practical factsheets to support yourself, friends, or loved ones.

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