New Resource – Supporting a young person bereaved by suicide

Supporting Young People After Suicide

Telling a Young Person of a Death By suicide

  • Keep it truthful and consistent—It might be hard to say but say it. Give correct information in a loving, direct and compassionate way
  • Encourage them to talk about it and ask questions whenever they need to.
  • Understand the grieving process.
  • Young people will often want to spend time together, so allow them time.


headspace have a number of factsheets about youth suicide

Suicide and Greif fact sheet by Beyond Blue

JSS Support After Suicide has a website with a range of resources and links


What Can I do?

Show a willingness to listen. It may be distressing, but you’re not expected to provide answers. Instead, you can be a comforting, safe place for someone who desperately needs to talk.

  • Be aware of your own grief and feelings of helplessness.
  • Understand the grieving process. Don’t put a limit on grief and healing/. Reassure them that grief is a normal response to loss and there is no wrong or right way to grieve.
  • Make opportunities to share memories or look at photos of the person who has died. Say the persons name.
  • Spend time with the young person. Just sitting quietly and allowing them to talk, cry or be silent. Listen with non-judgmental compassion
  • Acknowledge and believe the young person’s pain and distress. Try not to panic in the absence or presence of strong emotional responses.


JSS Support After Suicide has a Fact sheet on Supporting young people after a suicide

headspace have written a fact sheet  specifically for parents supporting someone after a suicide






Bereavement Support


Service Contact details Support Offered
Hope Bereavement Care Call(03) 4215 or contact us via or on Facebook Offers free information, support and counselling for those experiencing loss after suicide
headspace geelong Headspace Geelong has 3 service sites at Corio, Drysdale and Geelong


Phone: (03) 5222 6690

eheadspace eheadspace provides online counselling

and telephone support to young people

aged 12 to 25

1800 650 890

Online and Telephone Support

If you need immediate or additional support the following services provide online and telephone support.

Service Contact details  
Kids Helpline Phone: 1800 55 1800


Kids Helpline provides telephone and online counselling for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years.
Lifeline Phone: 13 11 14

National Bereaved by Suicide Line Phone: 1300 467 354

Life Line Text 6pm-12am  0477 13 11 14.

Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Suicide Callback Service Phone: 1300 659 467

The Suicide Call Back Service provides telephone, video and online counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers of someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide across Australia.
Suicideline Victoria Phone: 1300 651 251

SuicideLine Victoria is a 24/7 telehealth provider that offers free professional phone and online counselling for people living in Victoria.