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StandBy – Support After Suicide

Is an Australian Government initiative, established in 2002 to meet the need for a coordinated community response to suicide. StandBy also delivers NSW Post Suicide Support funded by NSW Ministry of Health.

StandBy is Australia’s leading suicide postvention program dedicated to assisting people and communities bereaved or impacted by suicide.

What we do

The StandBy program is focused on supporting anyone who has been bereaved or impacted by suicide at any stage in their life, including:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Friends
  • Witnesses
  • First Responders
  • Service Providers

StandBy is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing free face-to face and/or telephone support at a time and place that is best for each individual.

The program offers coordinated evidence-based support and resources (including connections to local services and groups) that is individualised for each person’s unique circumstance. This support is continued for up to two years to ensure those that engage with StandBy are not alone and receive ongoing support.

StandBy is guided by local advisory groups – which includes community stakeholders as well as those with Lived Experience. StandBy National is informed by our National Lived Experience Advisory Group.

StandBy builds community preparedness and resilience through extensive training to community and professional groups to ensure effectiveness and that duplicated effort is avoided. The program is also ideally placed to offer a settings-based approach, providing group support after a suicide for schools, workplaces and community groups.


We offer to face to face and telephone support. Please select an option below to make contact:

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StandBy provides a range of locally tailored community workshops and education programs to increase awareness of suicide and suicide bereavement to help enable communities to support one another.

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People often find it helpful to read about how grief may affect them, and how others have coped in similar situations.

We offer support leaflets, toolkits, books and links to useful resources.

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If you are currently having suicidal thoughts, please seek immediate assistance by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14 Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or QLife on 1800 184 527. If you or someone you are with is in need of immediate support please call 000.

“The amazing people from StandBy came to visit my family and I - they guided us through each step with compassion and understanding.”- Karen, Sunshine Coast Qld
“StandBy provided intelligent, compassionate and ongoing support to our large family and armed us to face a future without our loved one.”-
“When different types of support were compared, people who had received support from StandBy showed lower levels of loneliness, suicidality and grief reactions,” Science of Knowing Research Findings.-

StandBy acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live. Our staff recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and their continuing connection to land and water, and pay respect to their elders past, present and emerging.

Our organisation is a place where human rights are respected and people of diverse genders and sexual orientation are welcomed and supported.

For immediate crisis support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or QLife on 1800 184 527 or 000.

StandBy – an initiative funded by the Australian Government.
Post Suicide Support – an initiative funded by the NSW Government
StandBy is a program of Youturn Limited.