This is an interesting article from the Dougy Center in the USA
It suggests that it's important to focus on self-care while grieving and offers some ways to do this.
Click HERE to access the article.
Lifeline have started a Suicide Bereavement Support Group in Coffs Harbour
The group is on the third Tuesday evening of each month, 6.30-8.00pm. Click on the picture for more info.
Here is a link to the recent talk given by trauma expert Dr Rob Gordon
Many people who attended found it very interesting and helpful. It was titled Grief, Trauma and Suicide.
Click on this LINK and you will go to the SoundCloud page where you can listen to it.
There's a new peer support group in the Macedon Ranges
There is a new monthly peer support group for people bereaved by suicide.
It meets every second Monday evening 7pm-8.30pm at the Newham Mechanics Institute, 1292 Rochford Road Newham (opposite the CFA).
It's a friendly and caring group of people who run this group so we recommend it. Next meeting: Monday 8 February.
Click on the link for more info.
Dr Rob Gordon recently gave a very interesting talk at Support After Suicide
The topic was:
Suicide and the Sense of Responsibility:Understanding the sense of responsibility we have for our loved ones and the problems it creates after suicide
Those who attended found it very helpful. He spoke about trauma, guilt, blame and sense of responsibility.
Here’s a link to an audio recording of the talk: https://soundcloud.com/support-after-suicide
The new book is now available online to read or you can purchase a hard copy
Or you can purchase a hard copy for $10- (including postage) here: http://www.jss.org.au/policy-and-advocacy/publications-and-research
A new book on talking with children and young people about suicide
We have developed a new book which focusses on the issue of talking with children and young people about suicide. It's called Tell me what happened.
It has useful thoughts and ideas about how to approach what for many is very difficult; particularly telling children that someone has taken their own life.
It also has interviews with children, young people and parents with their thoughts on this issue.
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on (03) 9421 7640 to arrange a…
Our latest book, The Cost of Silence, is now available to read online.
The Cost of Silence was written by men who have lost someone to suicide. It includes their stories and poetry.
You can read the book here.
When we were in Geelong recently we met the people behind a program on community radio in Geelong
Called Roads to Recovery, the program focusses on a range of issues related to mental health. Just before World Suicide Prevention Day this year they interviewed one of the riders, Kevin, who took part in the Pedal for Prevention ride from Geelong to Melbourne.
Here's a link to that program: http://www.cpod.org.au/media/13075.mp3
And here's the link to their page so you can see a list of other programs which you may like to listen to: http://947thepulse.com/programs/roads-to-recovery.html
The Coffee Morning is on Wednesday morning this week in Melbourne.
This is an informal and relaxed morning for people bereaved by suicide. It is hosted by trained volunteers who have lost a loved one to suicide.
It is a time for receiving support, understanding and companionship in this difficult grief experience.
There is more information in the attached leaflet.
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