Suicide prevention and support after suicide.
At LifeConnect our mission is twofold; to support those who have been impacted by suicide and to build capacity and understanding so we can all play our part in preventing it.
- Support after suicide - group support and counselling for those impacted by suicide
- LifeSkills workshops - equipping people with tools to support resilience
- Reach Out and Connect training - suicide prevention training to help you recognise the warning signs and understand helpful ways to respond
All LifeConnect services are free and available to anyone who resides, works or studies in Banyule, Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Mitchell, Monash, Murrindindi, Nillumbik, Whitehorse, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges.
If you've lost someone to suicide, we understand what a difficult time this can be, even if it happened some time ago. You don’t have to go through this alone.
Support After Suicide
Losing a person to suicide can be very painful and bring up many complex emotions. Our team is here to listen and support you. Our Be Kind to Yourself :Self-Care after Suicide Loss booklet also contains advice and resources to help you begin to navigate this challenging time.
One-on-one bereavement counselling
Our friendly, caring staff provide non-judgemental one-on-one counselling for people impacted by suicide. Most sessions are delivered over the phone or via video call. In-person sessions may be available in some circumstances.
Our support groups offer an opportunity to connect with other people who are also learning to make sense of life after losing someone to suicide. Discovering that you are not the only person experiencing certain thoughts and feelings can be powerful and healing. Sessions are co-facilitated by LifeConnect staff and people with their own lived experience of the impacts of suicide, and provide a welcoming and supportive environment to process grief and connect with others.
Community support response
Suicide doesn't only affect immediate family but also friends, colleagues, team mates and neighbours. Often it can be hard to know what to say or even what is ‘normal’ to feel in these circumstances. Our team can meet with your staff, sports club or community group, and provide debriefing and ideas on how to support each other. These group sessions help minimise distress and support those impacted to process their loss and develop resilience.
We provide referral support to help people bereaved by suicide find and connect with services to support their wellbeing.
Who can use this service?
Support After Suicide is available to people who have been impacted by a suicide. Contact our friendly team to discuss how we can support you.
We don’t always have control of what happens to us in life but it is possible to learn new ways to live well; even when things turn sour.
Sometimes things don't turn out the way we expected. Having the ability to bounce back from life’s challenges is essential to our wellbeing and mental health.
Our LifeSkills workshops are designed to help you learn how to tap into your own resilience and strength to better cope with life’s challenges. We offer a range of evidence-based workshops that focus on key elements of resilience including managing stress, understanding control, mindfulness and gratitude (did you know that research shows being thankful for the good things, even when times are tough, can increase happiness and wellbeing, reduce stress, improve relationships and lower the risk of suicide?).
Who are the workshops for?
Our workshops are suitable to anyone in the community who would like to develop skills in managing some of the more challenging aspects of life, and can be tailored to the particular needs of your group – whether that’s your staff or colleagues, community group members, or at-risk clients.
Contact us to discuss your needs or book a workshop.
By creating greater understanding about suicide in the community, we hope that more people will have the confidence to reach out and offer meaningful support to others who may be struggling.
Suicide prevention training: Reach out & Connect
Suicide prevention is much more than responding to a crisis. Knowing how to identify and respond to early warning signs that may be present long before a suicidal crisis is equally as important as knowing how to respond when a crisis hits. Most of us can feel uncomfortable talking about suicide. We can be paralysed by thoughts like “What if I say the wrong thing?" or “I don’t want to put the idea in their head”.
Our Reach Out & Connect training has been developed to equip people with an understanding of what factors can lead to suicidal feelings and practical tools to respond. We support workforce and community groups to enhance their confidence in having conversations about mental health and suicide and build an awareness of where to find help and how to link people to support. Our content is based on the latest research in suicide prevention and workshops are facilitated by our team of multi-disciplinary mental health professionals, including staff with a lived experience of the impact of suicide.
Who is the training for?
The training is suitable for a wide range of audiences including health professionals, human services workers, corporate services, community groups and sporting clubs – and can be tailored to the particular needs of your group.
Contact us to discuss your needs or book a session.
Download the LifeConnect Suicide Prevention Training Flyer for more information.
People who reside, work and study in the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) catchment can access LifeConnect services. The EMPHN catchment includes the cities of: Banyule, Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Mitchell, Monash, Murrindindi, Nillumbik, Whitehorse, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges.
All LifeConnect Services are free of charge.
LifeConnect is a Neami National service supported by the Victorian Government, and Australian Government under the PHN Program.