The StandBy Service
You are not alone
Support and information for people bereaved by suicide
24 Hour crisis mobile for StandBy – North Coast NSW – 0417 119 298
The StandBy Service stands by families, friends and associates in their bereavement through suicide, providing respect, understanding and support for the health and well-being of people bereaved by suicide.
Our service is available to you regardless of where or when your loss occurred.
Who we aim to help:
- People bereaved by suicide including individuals, families, friends, associates, witnesses, communities, schools and workplaces.
The StandBy Coordinator can:
- Talk with you over the phone
- Sit with you, your family or friends at your place or somewhere else when it suits you
- Help you decide what sort of help you would like for yourself, family or group
- Explain how you can help your family or friends
- Talk with you about what the Police and other organisations do after a suicide
- Assist you to access other services
How much does StandBy cost?
StandBy is a free and confidential service.
Taking care of yourself:
- Be patient, tolerant and gentle with yourself as you grieve.
- It is important to seek professional help when you feel overwhelmed by your grief or memories.
- The grief process is like a journey running from the starting point of bereavement to a different life
- No one has to bear it alone, there is help available
Looking after each other
- Spend time with people who care
- Go to places with good memories
- Support family and friends
- It’s no-ones fault – try not to judge
- Remember the good times
Looking after yourself
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat well
- It’s OK to cry
- Avoid drugs and alcohol
- Drink plenty of water
- Do things you enjoy like watching a movie, going fishing, going for a walk, gardening
- Go to the river or beach
- Have a bath
- Writing, drawing, painting
- Listening to music or playing music
- If you feel angry, let it out somehow safely, for example, through exercise
- Try to have fun and relax
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