Our shared direction

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’.

Lived Experience

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…

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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…

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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
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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.

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 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.