Mental Illness and bereavement

   Australia-wide information and referrals

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Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
The ACGB can refer people to bereavement services in their area. The ACGB also offers quality education and training opportunities for health professionals, students, volunteers and any individual or agency desiring to enhance grief and bereavement knowledge and practice.
1800 642 066

Hope for Life-Suicide Prevention & Bereavement Services
National suicide and bereavement telephone support, referral and information service. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.
1300 363 622

SANE Australia Helpline
National Freecall and online service providing information and advice on mental illness and related issues.
1800 187 263

Suicide Call-Back Service
National suicide call-back service can provide six 50-minute telephone counselling sessions for people who are suicidal, their carers, or those bereaved by suicide. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.
1300 467 354

Lifeline Australia
National 24 hour counselling service. Lifeline also operates a suicide helpline and callers can be referred through to this specialist telephone line.
13 11 14

National Missing Persons Coordination Centre
The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre operates Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, providing information, advice and support about missing persons and how to organise the search for someone who is missing.
1800 000 634

MHCAA (in your State or Territory)
Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia – offers a wide range of services, respite and support for people with relatives with mental illness.

Living is For Everyone (LIFE)
The Australian National Suicide Prevention Strategy The Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) website is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.

Compassionate Friends (in your State or Territory)
The Compassionate Friends offers friendship and understanding to families following the death of a son or daughter, brother or sister at any age and from any cause. Follow the links in the Victorian Compassionate Friends website for links to your state.

Australian Indigenous Health Info Net
Is a ‘one-stop info-shop’ for people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. It makes published, unpublished and specially-developed material about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health freely accessible to people involved in the area of Indigenous health with the aim of enhancing their knowledge and skills, and improving their practice and/or policy work.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MHiMA)
Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) is a national program funded by the Australian Government to provide a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. They have links on their website to state-based multicultural mental health services.

Translating and Interpreting Service
The TIS National interpreting is service for people who do not speak English and for the English speakers who need to communicate with them.
131 450

Support After Suicide
Support After Suicide offer resources and provides an online community for people who are bereaved by suicide.

Suicide Prevention Australia
National peak body for the suicide prevention sector in Australia. Supports communities and organisations throughout Australia, and promotes collaboration and partnerships in suicide and selfharm prevention, intervention and postvention.
02 9223 3333,


Further training

SANE Australia
offers half-day workshops covering mental illness, bereavement and suicide for trainers and senior staff from mental health, bereavement and helpline services.
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The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
offers quality education and training opportunities for health professionals, students, volunteers and any individual or agency desiring to enhance grief and bereavement knowledge and practice. Education and training programs are offered as seminars, workshops, short and long courses, and include a range of practical information about supporting people who are bereaved.

McCulloch House
Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road
Clayton VIC 3168          Telephone 1800 642 066

ASIST Training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. The program aims to enhance a caregiver’s ability to help a person at risk to avoid suicide. This program is available at a range of training centres around Australia.

Mental Health First Aid
is a 12-hour course designed to assist members of the public to support people with mental health issues. It aims to improve mental health literacy by increasing knowledge, reducing stigma and increasing supportive actions.
See website at for details.

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Training
Wesley LifeForce programs are aimed at training community members from all walks of life to know how to manage a suicidal crisis, appropriately and confidently. These are informed by the latest research in suicide prevention. We provide Australian quality suicide prevention training in the form of four hour seminars and one day workshops.

SANE Australia . . . Mental Illness and Bereavement Australia-wide information and referrals

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This Factsheet may be freely downloaded, copied and distributed on condition no change is made to the content. It was developed as part of the SANE Mental Illness and Bereavement Project, supported by the Australian Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy. SANE Australia is not responsible for any actions taken as a result of information or opinions contained in the Factsheet. [Version English, 2014]