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I've lost someone to suicide and need help

Losing a friend or family member to suicide can be a life changing event. Some people who have lost a loved one to suicide describe the loss as different to other deaths they have experienced.

The sudden and unexpected nature of the death can leave people with feelings of shock, confusion, anger and guilt. Gaining support in moving through this time and understanding the impact on you is an important step forward.

Provided below are links to information you can read and services you can access to help you through this time.

Something to read

Information on what grief looks like, how to recover from grief and activities to help with grief can be found here.

Standby Support after Suicide is a program of support offered across Australia, including Brisbane North, for people bereaved by suicide. Standby offers a range of resources that you may find helpful to read. You can access them here.

Speak to someone

If you wish to speak to someone other than a family member or friend, accessing support through a helpline may be a good option.

A list of helplines you can contact is available here.

You may also wish to speak to a GP. A GP can make a diagnosis, discuss suitable treatment options and refer you to a mental health professional if needed. You can search for a General Practice near you by clicking here.

Access professional help

Standby Support after Suicide offers free face to face and 24/7 crisis telephone support, with follow up contact continued for up to two years for anyone impacted by suicide. Call 0438 150 180 in Brisbane North (24 hours a day, seven days a week).

A range of other mental health services that provide one-on-one support are available in the Brisbane North region. For help in finding the service and supports that will best meet your needs, please contact the My Mental Health Service Navigators by calling 1800 752 235.

Please note, this is not a crisis service and operates 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

If you or someone you are with is in immediate, life-threatening danger:

Call Triple Zero (000) or go immediately to your local hospital emergency department

You can access immediate support by contacting:

Suicide Call Back Service

Telephone, online and video chat (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Lifeline

Telephone support (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Online chat and text chat (nightly, seven days a week)

Beyond Blue Support Service

Telephone support (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Online chat (nightly, seven days a week)

1300 MH Call: Mental Health Access Line

For advice and information in a mental health emergency or crisis and to link you to your closest Queensland public mental health service. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.