StandBy Support Proven to Reduce the Impacts of Suicide

MEDIA RELEASE Date: 9 October 2018

StandBy is delighted to share an independent research report by The Science of Knowing that found the Support After Suicide service significantly helps lower the risk of suicidality, mental health concerns, and social isolation following the loss of a loved one.

This independent evaluation of the StandBy program, approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Queensland, measured the wellbeing of 545 people bereaved by suicide comparing those who accessed the StandBy service with those who had not.

StandBy National Operations Manager Geoff Timm explains the significance of the findings.

“With the recent ABS Causes of Death statistics reporting a 9.1% increase in the past year of people dying from suicide we need to remember that behind the numbers are real people, families and communities who are impacted.

“The findings from The Science of Knowing show that receiving support from StandBy within the first year of losing a loved one to suicide makes a significant difference for these people.

“We know that people impacted by suicide can be at increased risk of suicidality, but with the support of StandBy their risk is significantly reduced by 25%.

“Importantly, people supported by StandBy also reported experiencing significantly fewer mental health concerns, compared to those who did not access StandBy.

“These people were also significantly less likely to experience a loss of social support and social connections, or experience social loneliness or loneliness overall when compared to people who had not accessed StandBy,” explains Geoff.

The research also provides evidence that StandBy’s postvention model offers more effective support after suicide than general healthcare services. The full report is available to download at

The release of the research report follows the recent announcement by the federal government to continue funding of the StandBy – Support After Suicide program. As the largest funded contract under the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program (NSPLSP), the program currently services 30% of the Australian population.

“We are grateful for the continued funding from the Australian Government Department of Health which allows us to continue providing the vital support needed by Australians impacted by suicide. StandBy is proof that with the right support, suicidality, mental ill health and social isolation can be reduced.

“We will continue to work hard for national expansion, so all Australian’s can access StandBy and receive the support they need after a suicide,” says Geoff.

StandBy Welcomes Increased Funding Announcement

Date: 27 September 2018

StandBy Support After Suicide welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP and the Australian Government’s plans to invest more than $36 million of funding in national suicide projects to raise awareness of the impact of suicide and support Australians who may be at risk. The funding is through the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program launched in 2017.

StandBy’s National Operations Manager Geoff Timm says the funding announcement is significant in light of an increase in more people dying from intentional self-harm.

“The ABS Causes of Death statistics released yesterday show that there has been a 9.1% increase in people dying from suicide compared to last year.

“For every Australian that takes their own life, more than 100 people are impacted. That’s approximately 300,000 Australians impacted each year.

“We know that people impacted by suicide are up to eight times more likely to take their own lives than the general population. With the right support the risk of suicidality can be reduced.

“The reasons people suicide are complex, and we have to remember that behind the numbers are real people, families and communities impacted by suicide.

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to raising awareness, reducing stigma, and their determination to support Australian’s who may be at risk,” says Geoff. 

StandBy is Australia’s leading provider in suicide postvention support, helping people impacted by suicide access the support they need. StandBy currently services 30% of the Australian population and our goal is for all Australians to have access to StandBy.