A death by suicide can be difficult and confusing for families, friends, workplaces and communities. It can be a time of increased risk for those directly impacted as they struggle to understand why it happened or what they could have done to help prevent it.
Following a death by suicide, people may avoid the bereaved due to not knowing what to say or do. For some people impacted by this kind of loss, it can feel isolating due to the stigma associated with suicide.
It's important for communities to have the capacity to respond to families affected by suicide. As well as having someone to comfort them in their pain, families also often need practical support.
The Wellways After Suicide Support Service can help connect the bereaved with supports at a place and time when they need it the most. Supports can include material aid, emotional support, written resources, guidance on how to speak to children or loved ones about their loss and referrals to relevant support services.
The After Suicide Support Service is available to anyone living in the Murrumbidgee who is bereaved by suicide regardless of where or when the person passed away.
For further information contact Wellways on 02 5925 5911.
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Examples of practical support
Need urgent assistance?
- Dial 000 or go to a hospital emergency department
- Wellways Helpline 1300 111 500 (Monday to Friday 9am-9pm, excluding public holidays)
- Accessline 1800 800 944
- Lifeline (24 hours) 13 11 14
- MensLine 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service (24 hours) 1300 659 467
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Wellways After Suicide Support is funded by Murrumbidgee PHN. The Primary Health Networks Program is an Australian Government Initiative.