I'd like to support someone who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. How?
Suicide can have a devastating and unexpected impact on the family, friends and connections of the person who died.
A person's beliefs and experiences can influence how they feel, what they say and how they say it after losing someone they care about to suicide. Some people may feel shame and not want to connect with friends or reach out for support. Others may be focused on finalising practical matters to help them through this time. Every person's response will be different.
However, the support of family and friends can make a major difference in how they cope with their bereavement. If you are wanting to support someone who has lost someone they care about to suicide, there is help available including information to read, people to speak to and professional services that can assist. Read on to learn more.
Something to read
For information on the do's and don'ts of what to say and ways to offer practical and emotional help to someone bereaved by suicide, click here.
For general tips on talking to someone who has lost someone they care about to suicide, click here.
Supporting someone else in their grief can be overwhelming and exhausting. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of the person affected by suicide. Click here for information on how to look after yourself during this time.
Speak to someone
A helpline can help to guide you in how to support someone bereaved by suicide and how to look after yourself during this time. A list of helplines you can contact is available here.
You can also encourage the person you are supporting to visit a GP. A GP can make a diagnosis, discuss suitable treatment options and refer them to a mental health professional if needed. You can search for a closely located General Practice by clicking here.
Access professional help
A range of mental health services are available in the Brisbane North region.
If you need help supporting someone bereaved by suicide or are worried the person you are supporting is in need of professional help, the My Mental Health Service Navigators can assist by linking you both to professional services.
Call 1800 752 235.
Please note, this is not a crisis service and operates 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.