We welcome funding announcement for support after Suicide
StandBy – Support after Suicide, a program of United Synergies, has heralded the announcement by the federal government to award the not for profit organisation $11.4M under the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program.
United Synergies’ CEO Christopher John welcomed the funding announcement and said that it will help the StandBy continue to make strides in addressing suicide postvention.
“StandBy greatly appreciates the grant provided by the federal government as this will help us continue to make progress in the area of suicide postvention,” Mr John said.
“However, more work is still needed to be done if we are to fully address the issue of suicide postvention,” Mr John said.
“Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction, but we cannot afford to get complacent that people impacted from suicide will not still full through the cracks.
StandBy provides coordinated support and assistance for people who have been bereaved by or exposed to suicide.
“For every Australian who takes their own life, more than 100 Australians are impacted and their risk of suicide can be up to eight times higher than the general population,” Mr John said.
“Those who have been affected by suicide and receive the StandBy service, experience a reduced risk of depression and suicide than the general population.
“Currently, StandBy reaches approximately one third of the 250,000 Australians who are impacted by suicide each year, however, to reach all Australians requires expanded and ongoing funding.
“United Synergies will continue to make the case to government to ensure all Australians affected by suicide have access to StandBy’s service.”
Support after suicide: Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, Lifeline 13 11 14
Who is StandBy?
StandBy – Support after Suicide offers a 24-hour coordinated support to assist individuals, families, friends, witnesses, schools, workplaces, first responders and service providers who have been impacted by suicide. The program offers telephone or face-to-face support, regardless of when or where the suicide occurred. Depending on people’s needs, StandBy arranges follow-on support from existing local services and groups, or simply provides information and links to other available services.