The StandBy Support After Suicide program was developed in direct response to local need for coordinated community support in the aftermath of several suicides which happened close together in a small Sunshine Coast community in 2002. This led to the development of StandBy, a community-based program dedicated to supporting people and communities across Australia bereaved or impacted by suicide. Our name reflects the core purpose – the provision of support for Suicide Bereavement represented by capital S and B in StandBy.
Our Strategic Plan
Our Strategic Plan has been developed through input and insights from StandBy’s Lived Experience Advisory Group, a sample of representatives from StandBy service provision sites and the StandBy National Office team. The plan is also informed by a review of leading evidence, policy documents and sector trends relating to suicide postvention. In the process of developing this plan, we recognise the critical importance of a broad range of perspectives in shaping the continued delivery and growth of StandBy across Australia. Moving forward, StandBy is committed to fostering joint ownership of the Strategic Plan as we are ‘all in this together’.
A lived experience of suicide bereavement is being bereaved and/or impacted by suicide.
People with a lived experience of suicide bereavement bring insight, wisdom, and perspective that is critical to informing best practice approaches in postvention…
National Representative Group
StandBy ensures that organisational direction is underpinned by a combination of lived experience, service provision partners and the StandBy National team. To fulfil our strategic ‘shared’ direction priority, StandBy has established a jointly owned national governance structure…
Friends of StandBy
Promoting awareness of suicide loss, the aim of the program is to:
- To help raise the profile of StandBy – Support after Suicide
- To promote awareness of the impact of exposure to and/or bereavement after a suicide loss
- Assist with promotion to help reduce stigma of mental health and suicide
- Encourage people to improve help seeking behaviours and to speak up