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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.

Support

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

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Workshops

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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Resources

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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Find support in your area

Please use the map below to select your region for contact details

Emergency?

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.

``I am forever grateful for their help and advice, they do a wonderful job helping people through this extremely hard, difficult loss. I truly believe they help save the lives of the people left behind.”- Judy
“StandBy provided intelligent, compassionate and ongoing support to our large family and armed us to face a future without our loved one.”-
``They have helped me in the very worst time in my life.”- Bryan.
``A vital service that we continue to use 3 years later. ”- Natalie.

StandBy is QIP Accredited as an organisation. Implemented by Suicide Prevention Australia and assessed by independent, not-for-profit accreditation provider, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP), the Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program supports organisations to deliver safe, high-quality and effective suicide prevention and postvention programs.

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.

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.

For immediate crisis support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or QLife on 1800 184 527. In case of an emergency, call 000.