Suicide impacts everyone. For every Australian that takes their own life, more than 100 Australians are impacted. That's 250,000 Australians closely impacted each and every year.
CEO Christopher John highlighted the devastating impact suicide can have and the importance of postvention support for those left behind,
"Losing someone to suicide has a devastating impact on family members and friends, and can extend into the workplace, school or social group. We know those affected can face challenges connecting to those around them and are at an increased risk of mental health concerns and suicide themselves, but with appropriate and timely assistance StandBy can help them navigate support and manage their grief," said Christopher.
National Operations Manager Geoff Timm said the website would not only help raise awareness of suicide bereavement and the support available through the program but also provide valuable resources to those looking for support online.
"The website is an integral part to our wider vision to ensure every Australian impacted by suicide can access the support they need. Anyone can visit the site and search by region to connect with a dedicated StandBy team member in their area who will coordinate the various support they may need, including free telephone or face-to-face support.
"If you, or someone you know, has been affected by suicide, we encourage you to visit the website to find out more about the StandBy program and how it can help you or your local community," said Geoff.
The website includes a set of comprehensive resources assisting those looking for self-help or to support someone they may know bereaved by suicide, including a series of Support Pack information sheets, suggested reading and links to other relevant support services.
StandBy is a program of United Synergies Ltd, funded through the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program (NSPLSP) of the Australian Government Department of Health. Annually the program responds to over 2,500 enquiries and provides community education workshops to over 2000 participants.
The program currently reaches one-third of the population across ten regional sites. Its mission is to ensure all Australians have access to support and is working to secure expanded and ongoing funding to become a fully national program.
For more information visit www.standbysupport.com.au or call 07 5442 4277.