From the Desk of the National Secretary
It is this time of the year again. How quickly this year has gone.For many of you, holidays may be a difficult time for you and your family. Remember that there is no wrong or right way to express your grief – it is different for every person and you just do what feels right for you. You may wish to incorporate ways to remember and honour your loved one into your traditions, or take time out from the celebrations to care for yourself, or you may wish to cancel the holidays for this year – be kind to yourself and surround yourself with people whom you love and validate your loss. And if you are needing help, please reach out (links and support lines at the bottom of the newsletter).
It has been a great year for Postvention Australia. There are many challenges to face as we look to 2019. Postvention Australia – the National Association for the Bereaved by Suicide – needs a better platform to speak on behalf of the bereaved by suicide in Australia.
Through the Walk for Life, postvention has been brought to the national consciousness and has given Postvention Australia an opportunity to bring about better outcomes for those impacted by a suicide. Meeting all the amazing people on the Walk for Life has really hit home for me that the impact of suicide has a far-reaching ripple effect and touches all groups in Australia. It further emphasises that there is still great need to support those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.
It is a challenge for Postvention Australia to bring about change and support the bereaved by suicide in 2019. Postvention is prevention.
Prof. Diego de Leo, Prof. Ian Webster and the Board of Postvention Australia wish you all the compliments of the season.
May you each find peace and happiness at this time and throughout 2019.
Alan Staines OAM OF