People bereaved by suicide find it important to feel safe when speaking about their loss, freely and without fear of judgement. Different methods work for different people and situations. If you find that one method is not giving you what you need, try another. There is no right or wrong way to get support.
Talk to your GP
Your regular GP may be able to help you directly or refer you to another health professional. You may find it easier to speak with a GP who knows you and your history, however some may find that they prefer not to speak with their regular GP for the same reasons.
If you can, keep in touch with a trusted GP to ensure that your health is taken care of. Grieving can be very physically taxing and at times so consuming that it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself the way you had in the past.
Find a Counsellor
A helpful method is to see a health professional such as a counsellor. You may find it easier talking to a counsellor, as they offer a neutral opinion based off how you are feeling and talk about methods that may help your specific scenario.
As suicide grief is a different and more complex form of grief, it can be beneficial to find someone who has specific experience in this area.
Find a Registered Psychologist
The Australian Psychological Society’s Find a Psychologist service may help you find a psychologist to suit your needs. Referrals are drawn from their database of more than 2,600 APS registered psychologists around Australia, covering every state and territory.
Something to keep in mind when finding a psychologist is your living proximity to their office. Travel can be challenging when you are feeling distressed, so if possible, try to find someone who is easy for you to travel to.
Visit a Walk-In Service
Headspace, Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation provides a walk-in service for those aged 12-25. Headspace has a number of centres across Australia, with psychologists, social workers and other health professionals available on site. To find your nearest centre, use the service locator on their website.
Contact a Telephone Support Service
Sometimes all you may need it someone to sit and listen to you. Following are a list of phone services available.
- Lifeline (24-hour Counselling) – 13 11 14
- Kids Help Line (24-hour Phone Counselling) – 1800 55 1800
- Suicide Call Back Service (24-hour Phone Counselling) – 1300 659 467
- Mensline Australia (24-hour Phone Counselling and Referral) – 1300 789 978
- Veterans Line (Crisis Counselling for Veterans and their Families) – 1800 011 046