People impacted by suicide in the Cootamundra electorate will now have access to a new support service to help them navigate the day-to-day challenges brought about by the tragic death of a member of their community.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said that post-suicide, it is critical to support loved ones as well as the wider community.
“For friends and family, the death of a loved one by suicide is not only heartbreaking and shocking, it can also create new challenges as well as making day-to-day tasks incredibly difficult,’ Ms Cooke said.
“Through this service a range of resources will be provided for loved ones and families impacted, including counselling to help them access financial assistance and guiding them through the coronial process.”
The StandBy service is now available in the Murrumbidgee and Western NSW South region. The service being provided through Wellways, a leading not-for-profit mental health organisation that supports people with mental health issues, their carers, families and communities.
“I know first-hand the great support Wellways offers those impacted by suicide. The team have been outstanding in providing useful resources to the community at eleven of the mental health information nights I have held so far,” Ms Cooke added.
NSW Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said this service is a vital part of the State’s suicide reduction strategy.
“We know that around 135 people can be impacted by a single suicide,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Losing a loved one to suicide is one of the most horrific and painful things to process and live with. We want to be there for people in these painful weeks and months in ways that can really help.”
The state-wide rollout of post-suicide support services is thanks to a joint investment by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.
To find out more or to access these services, please call 1300 727 247 at any time or visit standbysupport.com.au
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis or distress, please seek help immediately by calling 000 (Triple Zero).
For anyone who is struggling, you can call the below helplines for support and advice:
Lifeline 13 11 14 | Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.