Category Archives: StandBy

StandBy – Support After Suicide launches dedicated website to help those impacted by suicide

StandBy – Support After Suicide is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, www.standbysupport.com.au, providing a greater online presence for Australia’s largest suicide postvention program. Suicide impacts everyone. For every Australian that takes their own life, more than 100 Australians are impacted. That’s 250,000 Australians closely impacted each and every year. CEO Christopher John highlighted

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StandBy Site Highlights

Northern Tasmania StandBy facilitated a number of activities for World Suicide Prevention Day this year. One was a BBQ and friendly football game followed by a community education workshop for over 20 men involved with the community house at Ulverstone. It was the first time some of the participants had talked about their bereavement, and

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

World Suicide Prevention Day is fast approaching, and this year’s theme is summarised in the phrase ‘connect, communicate, care’. These three words are at the heart of suicide prevention and will be the focus of StandBy activities across many areas of Australia on 10 September. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 800,000 people

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StandBy CPR Activities

The StandBy Critical Postvention Response (CPR) team have been very active this year, completing two outreaches in Northam, Western Australia and Armidale, New South Wales, and currently running one outreach in Warrnambool, Victoria. To date, the CPR team has offered 46 information and training opportunities to these communities.  There has been a notable increase in participation

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StandBy Sites update

Our StandBy Coordinators have had their hands very full over the past three months! Across the country, our Coordinators have been involved with assisting with NAIDOC and Seniors’ Week events, and being a part of Q and A panels alongside Out of the Blue a community-centred play that looks at the themes of suicide, domestic and family

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Suicide postvention group welcomes Government’s plan for mental health

The StandBy Response Service, run by United Synergies, has today welcomed the Coalition’s commitment to suicide prevention. United Synergies CEO Christopher John said it was positive to see a bipartisan approach to investing in suicide prevention. “The Coalition’s response today provides an investment to better understand how suicide prevention efforts can respond early to the needs of those contemplating suicide,” Mr John said. “The $12 million

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Nambour workshop to support people affected by suicide

The Nambour community is invited to attend a free full-day workshop on how to support someone who has been affected by suicide. United Synergies’ StandBy Response Service is a 24-hour/seven-day crisis response service for families, friends, witnesses and associates who are feeling the impact of a suicide loss. The Nambour workshop on Thursday 7 July

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StandBy National Coordinators Forum

United Synergies’ StandBy Reponse Service recently held their national coordinators forum in Noosa, with representatives from 15 regions across Australia coming together to share their experience and knowledge.  Jill Fisher, National StandBy Coordinator presented suicide bereavement in the national and international arena, and the coordinators linked in with ‘Lived Experience Champions’ from Far North Queensland

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Preventing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide

Two National StandBy staff, together with representatives from three StandBy Sites were privileged to attend the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference held in Alice Springs in May 2016. All states and territories of Australia were represented with guest speakers also travelling from New Zealand.   Topics covered during presentations included community based

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