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After suicide - resource tool kit

Crisis and bereavement support services

Lifeline – Provides crisis support and information about suicide bereavement support groups and services

Salvation Army Hope for Life – Provides information, resources and training for those that support people who are at risk of suicide or have lost a loved one to suicide

SANE Helpline – Provides access to a mental health professionals on 1800 18 SANE (7263)

StandBy Response Service – A community-based suicide postvention program that provides a coordinated response of support and assistance for people who have been bereaved through suicide

Suicide Call Back Service - a free, professional, national 24/7 telephone, video and on-line counselling service dedicated to those feeling suicidal, bereaved by suicide, and medical professionals working with suicidal patients

Suicide bereavement and postvention resources

beyondblue – Examples (with videos) of what people recently bereaved by suicide might experience

beyondblue – How to support someone who is bereaved

beyondblue – Understanding suicide and grief

beyondblue – 'Finding your way back', a resource for people who have attempted suicide

beyond blue - 'Guiding their way back', a resource for people who are supporting someone after a suicide attempt

beyond blue - 'Finding our way back', a resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples after a suicide attempt

Living is For Everyone (LIFE) – The LIFE Library is a national initiative aimed to improve access to information about suicide and provide state and territory resources to support those bereaved by suicide

headspace – The Postvention Toolkit is a guide for secondary schools on how to respond to a student suicide

The Salvation Army – A suicide prevention and bereavement support resource which includes free online training to support people at risk of suicide

Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services – A resource for people who have lost a loved one in a sudden or unexpected way

Jesuit Social Services – Education for health and welfare professionals, resources for counselling and group support for those bereaved by suicide

SANE – Podcast entitled 'Has someone close to you died by suicide?'

SANE – Podcast entitled 'Is someone close to you bereaved by suicide?'

Lifeline – Provides suicide bereavement downloads such as:

  • Fact sheet: What is suicide bereavement?
  • Survivors of suicide
  • Towards good practice: Standards and guidelines for suicide bereavement support groups
  • Practice handbook: Suicide bereavement support group facilitation

Lifeline – Includes several tool kits including:

  • Helping someone at risk of suicide
  • Coping with sorrow, loss and grief
  • Suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Getting through floods, drought and extreme climate events

The Australian Psychological Society – Lists suicide prevention tools and resources

Mental health and suicide prevention resources

The Australian Psychological Society – Suicide prevention tools and resources

Living Is For Everyone (LIFE), About – Suicide prevention resources for healthcare professionals and the public

Living Is For Everyone (LIFE), Training – Training options available nationally for suicide prevention in Australia

The Black Dog Institute – Psychological Tool Kit for GPs

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) – The RACGP has developed e-Mental health: 
A guide for GPs
 to assist you in using e-mental health interventions with your patients when it is safe to do so

GPMHSC accredited mental health training

Complicated grief resources

Department of Veterans' Affairs – GP summary on complicated grief

Centre for Complicated Grief – Complicated grief assessment instruments

PSTD resources

Phoenix Australia: Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health – Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Suicide statistics – Australia

Mindframe – Summarised data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) – Fact sheet 3: Statistics on suicide in Australia

Lifeline – Statistics on suicide in Australia

Suicide statistics – Rural and remote

Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) – Fact sheet 18: Suicide in rural and remote communities

Risk factor information

Mindframe – Information about mental illness and suicide in different population groups

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) – Provides a number of relevant position statements, including:

  • Men and suicide: Future directions
  • Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour in Women – Issues and Prevention
  • Work and suicide prevention
  • Chronic illness, chronic pain and suicide
  • Alcohol, drugs and suicide prevention
  • Mental illness and suicide

Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies – Fact sheets highlighting factors involved in male suicide

Talking about suicide and bereavement

Conversations Matter – Resources for discussing suicide

Conversations Matter – Resources for those bereaved by suicide

Mindframe – Resources for talking to the media about suicide and talking publicly about suicide

Australian Medical Association (AMA) – Resources about confidentiality guidelines and disclosing medical records to third parties

MDA National – Information about accessing medical records of a deceased patient

Clinician resources

Psychiatric Times – A special report on the impact of patient suicide on clinicians

Clinician Survivor Task Force (CSTF) – Created by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) to support the needs of clinicians after the loss of a patient to suicide or for clinicians who have lost family members to suicide


After suicide: A resource for GPs