LifeConnect provides community-focused suicide prevention services as well as support for people who have been bereaved by suicide.
Community-focused suicide prevention services
Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention. LifeConnect prevention services help build safer communities by giving people the skills to identify and respond to risk of suicide.
Our evidence-informed workshops deliver strategies for community wellbeing and resilience, including how to respond to stress, change and challenge.
Wellbeing group programs
The Optimal Health Program (OHP) is a more in-depth program that takes a holistic evidence-based approach to wellbeing. Groups are run over several weeks and provide people with the knowledge and skills to improve and maintain overall wellbeing. The program is the result of research by St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and is designed to help participants manage stress and reduce hospital admissions.
Community and workforce capacity building
Our team facilitates training to support workplaces and community groups to recognise and respond to risk of suicide. Our training also enhances people’s confidence to have conversations about mental health and suicide, and build an awareness of where to find help and how to link people to support.
Support after suicide (bereavement services)
Our bereavement services provide support to anyone who has been bereaved by suicide at any stage of the grieving process.
Individual counselling and support
Our Psychologist and Allied Health workers provide non-judgemental and flexible one-on-one support. Sessions can be held in our offices, in the community/at the person’s home, or over the phone.
Group support sessions are co-facilitated by our Psychologist, Allied Health staff and Peer Support staff who have a lived experience of the impact of suicide. The sessions provide a supportive environment to process grief and connect with others.
Community support response
These small group sessions provide a timely response after suicide to minimise distress and support those impacted by suicide to process their loss and develop resilience. We offer these sessions in settings such as workplaces, schools and clubs, and to family and friendship groups.
We provide referral support to help people bereaved by suicide to find and connect with the services they need to support their wellbeing.
Contact the service or make a referral
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.
Services are free of charge to all community members, workplaces and organisations.
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LifeConnect is a Neami National service supported by the Victorian Government, and Australian Government under the PHN Program.