Care and Support
It is helpful to have a strong support network who provide emotional and practical support. There are things you can do for yourself, and it is also good to consider seeking additional assistance. The complexity and intensity of loss to suicide means that learning how to manage and cope is important, though not always easy.
Some approaches you can try include ...
Returning to work
Eventually you may begin to think about re-engaging with the routines and structures of everyday life. For many, it is a financial necessity to return to work. For others, it is a means of keeping occupied; the routine and normality of working may provide some relief.
For others, returning to work can be difficult. Some postpone returning to employment, concerned about the additional stress created by work.
Some tips include speaking with your workplace before you return to find out what flexibility can be offered. You may need more time off, or ease into returning to work for partial days or partial weeks, or perhaps would benefit from lighter duties.
Many people bereaved by suicide find group support to be very comforting and helpful. Groups can help validate grief experiences and you can experience understanding and a sense of belonging by being with those who have similar experiences. Support groups can complement other postvention services like counselling. Groups are sometimes facilitated by professional counsellors or by trained peer supporters. StandBy Support After Suicide can assist you in locating group support (phone 1300 727 247) or you can visit Postvention Australia’s Service Directory.
There are different types of groups, which includes the following:
For more suggestions, please visit our Resources Page for a number of helpful readings, guides and websites.