Support groups and organisations: Sudden death

If you are seeking support relating to grief e.g. support organisations and resources such as books, please use the Finding Support page or use links which are presented at the bottom of each topic page.


Anglicare (SA) Loss and Grief Centre
Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group
BeyondBlue
CAMHS – Flinders Medical Centre, Division of Mental Health
Centacare
Childhood Cancer Association Family Service
Compassionate Friends (SA)
Homicide Victim Support Group
Kangaroo Island Health Service
LIFELINE
Living Beyond Suicide (Anglicare SA)
Minimisation of Suicide Harm (MOSH Australia)
National Twin Loss Support
Northern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – CAMHS – Country Regional Team
Road Trauma Support of South Australia (RTST)
SIDS and Kids (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Star Bear Program Anglicare Inc
Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support (SA) Inc Stillbirth And Neonatal
Suicide Call Back Service
Victim Support Service

Anglicare (SA) Loss and Grief Centre

Anglicare SA, Loss and Grief Centre was established in partnership with the School of Social Work, Flinders University.

The Centre offers individual and family counselling.

All staff have relevant and recognised professional qualifications.

Anglicare SA works for people from all backgrounds to make a positive difference. All staff work with respect for clients’ rights to self determination and their own belief system.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling
  • Family counselling

Address: 159 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Phone: 08 8131 3400
Fax: 08 8131 3477
Website: www.anglicaresa.com.au
Email: lossandgrief@anglicaresa.com.au
Hours of Operation: Enquiries about hours, fees and services are welcome Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm on 08 8131 3400
Costs: $30.00 for loss and grief counselling 

 

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Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group

When a relative or close friend suicides – you are not alone – The Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group provides help and guidance to those grieving the loss of someone through suicide.

The group comprises people from all walks of life. Their common link is that they have been close to someone who has suicided – relative, child, friend or acquaintance. They are able to provide help and guidance to anyone bereaved through suicide. They are able to provide many of the answers to your questions through their personal experiences and provide comfort and support to help you through this difficult time.

The group is administered by its own committee and is supported by a council of professional advisors.

The easiest way to make contact initially is by telephoning or writing to Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group Inc.

Services provided:

  • Telephone counselling 8am-8pm 7 days a week
  • Support group meeting 3rd Wed. of each month at 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Sale of publications: After Suicide Help For The Bereaved, by Doctor Sheila Clark
  • Monthly Newsletter 

Address: UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide, 10 Pitt St ADELAIDE SA 5000 support groups meetings 
Mailing Address: PO Box 15 hindmarsh SA 5007
Phone:  83328240 – calls are diverted to a mobile and answered as soon as possible. If no answer please leave message for call back within 48 hours.

If urgent please call LifeLine 131114
Email: support@bts.org.au
Website: www.bts.org.au
Hours: Telephone support 8am-8pm 7 days. Support group meetings 3rd wenedays of ever month 7pm-9pm 
Costs: Nil

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BeyondBlue

  • Beyondblue is primarily a national telephone and internet information service and can also refer people to accurate, up to date, easy to read information on depression, anxiety and related disorders.
  • All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.
  • Beyondblue is not a health service, drop-in, or a crisis service: the postal address is for administration needs.

Services:

  • 24 hour support service: 1300 4222 4636
  • Webchat: 4pm to 10pm 7 days a week 
 


Website: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/general/search-results?
 
Help line:  1300 22 4636

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CAMHS – Flinders Medical Centre, Division of Mental Health

CAMHS provides a free and confidential counselling service for children up to 18 years of age and their families. Services are provided by child, adolescent and family specialists including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, who are experienced in helping children with emotional, psychiatric, behavioural or social difficulties.
We offer a range of services depending on your needs. Services include personalised individual or family counselling appointments, groups for children or information workshops for parents/care-givers.

Services provided:

  • Personalised individual or family counselling appointments, groups for children
  • Information workshops for parents/caregivers
  • Literature on Grief e.g. brochures

 

Address: Unit 3 209 Main South Road Morphett vale 

78-80 Dale St PORT ADELAIDE SA 5105

Suite 5, Ground Floor, Elizabeth House Elizabeth City Centre, Oxenham Drive ELIZABETH SA 5112

5 Darley Rd, PARADISE SA 5075

10 milham street oaklands park

Phone: Morphett Vale: 08 8326 1234
Port Adelaide: 08 8341 1222
Elizabeth: 08 8252 0133
Paradise: 08 8207 8999
Oaklands Park: 08 7425 8600

Fax: Morphett Vale: 08 8326 3340
Port Adelaide: 08 83412495
Elizabeth: 08 82870308
Paradise: 08 83652221
Oaklands Park: 08 7425 8275

Website: Port Adelaide: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au
Elizabeth: www.wch.sa.gov.au
Paradise: www.wch.sa.gov.au
Morphett ValeL: www.wch.sa.gov.au

Email: Morphett Vale: FMCOnkaparingaCAMHS@health.sa.gov.au
Port Adelaide: camhswestern@health.sa.gov.au
Elizabeth: northern@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
Paradise: eastern@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au

Hours of Operation: 9.00am-5.00pm however appointment times for counselling can be negotiated
Costs: Nil

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Centacare

Centacare offers a confidential, professional counselling service for those confronted by loss and grief and work to provide a sympathetic and practical support as people journey through the grieving process.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group councelling 
  • Mediation
  • Family counceling 
  • Parenting counceling 

Address: 45 Wakefield St ADELAIDE SA 5000
Phone: 08 8210 8200
Fax: 08 8232 8920
Website:www.centacare.org.au
Email: equiries@Centacare.org.au 
Hours of Operation: Mon, Tues and Fri: 9.00am-5.00pm; Wed and Thurs 9.00am-9.00pm
Costs: Individual counselling on a sliding scale according to income. Service is free to eligible clients.

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Childhood Cancer Association Family Service

The Childhood Cancer Association is South Australia's key childhood cancer support organisation, dedicated to providing emotional, practical and financial support to children with cancer and their families. As part of this support they provide bereavement services to families who have experienced the death of a child from cancer. 

Services provided:

  • Individual and family counselling including face to face telephone and online counselling
  • Bereaved parent support group meetings
  • Library facilities for loss and grief e.g. books and brochures
  • Grief education classes
  • Grief and loss workshops
  • SIBE (Supper Important Brothers and Sisters program is run in the school holidays)
  • Bereaved Grandparent support groups
  • Bereaved Parens support group 
  • Anual bereaved family day for all member of the family 
  • Funeral assistance
  • Respite accomodation

Address: Family Service, 1st Floor, 55 King William Road North Adelaide SA 5006

Mailing Address: P.O.Box 1094 North Adelaide S.A. 5006
Phone: (08) 8239 1444 or 04262 44997
Fax: (08) 8239 2300
Website: http://www.childhoodcancer.asn.au/
Email: info@childhoodcancer..asn.au
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Costs: $10.00 annual membership fee to families experiencing death of a child to cancer. The first year is free for families. 

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Compassionate Friends (SA)

Compassionate Friends (SA) is part of a world wide support organisation for bereaved parents. This is regardless of the age of the child at death or the manner of death. Services provided include monthly support groups in 3 metropolitan locations, telephone support to members, a bi-monthly newsletter, a range of brochures and a resource library. A CandleLight service is held in December each year. Some support is also provided to siblings and grandparents.

Services provided:

  • Support group meetings
  • Literature on grief eg. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Pamphlets
  • Newsletters – quarterly - first newsletter for newly joining family is free, thereafter by subscription

Address: PO Box 26 Kent Town SA 5071
Phone: 0456 820 133
Email tcfsainc@outlook.com
Hours of Operation: Monthly support group meetings are held at the Community rooms St Matthews Church, 146 Kensington Rd, Marryatville, South Australia
Costs: There is an annual membership of $30 (due in June and may increase annually in June) which covers cost of the newsletters, annual events such as Balloon Release, CandleLight

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Homicide Victim Support Group

The H.V.S.G. of S.A. is a self support group for the families and friends of homicide victims. We have three main objectives: support, education and reform. We hold monthly meetings and produce a trimonthly newsletters. We can also arrange to meet one-to-one. We offer long term support with no restrictions on time.

Services provided:

  • Individual support
  • Telephone support: Sharon Nckell 0423 411 055
  • Support group meetings: on the third Wednesday of the month at the Anglicare building,
    184  Port Rd, Hindmarsh at 7pm
  • Literature on grief, eg. brochuresf
  • Tri-monthly newsletters


Telephone support:
Sharon Nckell 0423 411 055
General enquiries: Lynette Nitschke 0428 475 618
Email: lynit13@hotmail.com
Address: Box 503 Waikerie S.A. 5330
Costs: Free, although there is a voluntary $10 annual fee to become a financial member if desired

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Kangaroo Island Health Service

Kangaroo Island Health Service, has a Social Worker and Community Health Nurse. They can provide grief and loss counselling and act as a referral based service.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling
  • Telephone counselling
  • Literature on grief eg. brochures

Address: Cook Community Centre, Esplanade, KINGSCOTE SA 5223
Phone: 08 8553 4231
Fax: 08 8553 4227
Website: www.health.sa.gov.au
Email:
Hours of Operation: 8.30am- 4.30pm
Costs: nil

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LIFELINE

LIFELINE provides a 24hr telephone counselling service that is compassionate, non-judgmental, confidential and supportive of people from all walks of life, in need or in crisis.
Counsellors are trained to help with crises in areas such as isolation, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, suicide, youth issues, loss and grief, mental health, child abuse, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling etc.

LIFELINE has been helping South Australians of all ages, religions and social groups since 1963. In that time, our counsellors have dealt with just about every human problem.

Services provided:

  • Telephone counselling 24 hours 131114
  • Grief education classes as part of training of telephone counsellors
  • Referral service to other agencies and support groups
  • One-on-one crisis support chat 8pm-4am 7days: 13 11 14 

Address: 10 Pitt Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000

Mailing Address: GPO Box 2534 ADELAIDE SA 5000
Phone: 08 8202 5820
Fax: 08 8202 5822
Email: lifelineadmin@unitingcommunities.org
Website: http://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/
Hours of Operation: Admin 9am-5pm
Costs: Nil (only cost is for in house training of telephone counsellors)

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Living Beyond Suicide (Anglicare SA)

Living Beyond Suicide offers survivor-sensitive early support for families bereaved through suicide. Emotional and practical support is provided by appropriately skilled and trained staff and volunteers to help families navigate service systems and access the assistance they need.

The service will engender a sensitivity to those bereaved through suicide and responsiveness within services, public authorities and the wider community through community-based education and capacity building.

Services provided:

  • Literature on grief, eg. brochures
  • Sale of publications
  • Home visits 
  • Phone support 
  • Bereaved through suicide workshops 

Address: 4-28 Angus street Kentown 5067 SA
Phone: 1300 76 11 93 (call costs 27.5 cents) between 10am-10pm any day
Website: http://www.anglicaresa.com.au/living-beyond-suicide/
Email: lbs@anglicaresa.com.au
Cost: Free services for Living Beyond Suicide 

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Minimisation of Suicide Harm (MOSH Australia)

MOSH is dedicated to reducing the impact of suicide on the general community by supporting those at risk and those beraved by suicide. MOSH believed suicide prevention is a whole of community responsibility and everyone can make a difference, giebn the right support and information. 

Services Provided:

  • Walk in service for those at risk of suicide or bereaved by suicide 
  • Group support for those bereaved by suicide  1-3pm every wednesday 
  • Art/craft groups Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1-3pm 
  • Community information pamphlets

Adress: 86 Geaorge Street Thebarton S.A 5021
Phone: 8443 3869
Website: moshaustralia.org.au 
Email: admin@moshaustralia.org.au 
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30am-4:30pm  
Cost: Free 

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National Twin Loss Support

Providing Twin Loss information to families, and health care professionals, right around the world. The organisation aims to improve the level of awareness and care of these families and is proud to be working in conjunction with other bereavement care organisations.

Services provided:

  • We specialise in providing multiple birth loss information to health care professionals, twin and higher order multiple birth loss families, as well as other bereavement care organisations. 
  • Free brochures and newsletters are available through our website and Facebook page. Books are for sale through outlets as listed on our website.

Address: 5 Earl Avenue, Salisbury East  SA  5109 [home office – by appointment only]
Mailing Address: PO Box 3157, Salisbury East  SA  5109
Contact phone: 0419 039 194 (after 5pm CST if possible)
Website: www.nationaltwinloss.org.au
Email: enquiries@nationaltwinloss.org.au
Hours of operation: as required
Costs: All information is provided free of charge. Books are sold to assist in raising funds for the NTLS organisation – 100% sales/royalties go to NTLS. Listed as a tax deductible gift recipient with the Australian Taxation Office.

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Northern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – CAMHS – Country Regional Team

CAMHS provides a free and confidential counselling service for children up to 18 years of age and their families. Services are provided by child and family specialists including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists who are experienced in helping children with emotional, psychiatric, behavioural or social difficulties.

Services:

  • Family and individual counseling
  • Group programs for children
  • Group programs for parents
  • Information workshops for parents and carers 
  • Toll free: 1800 819 089

Address: Port Augusta Service: Port Augusta Community Health Service, 36 Flinders Terrace Pt Augusta SA 5700 

Port Pirie Service: GP plus clinic, 50 Gertrude st Port Pirie SA 5540 

Port Lincoln Service: Port Lincoln Community Health Service, Ground Floor Port Lincoln Hospital, Oxford Terrece West Wing, SA 5606

Whyalla Service: Whyalla Community Health Service, 171 Nicholson Ave Whyalla SA 5600

Client Freecall Phone: 1800 819 089
Agency Phone: 08 8632 5304
Fax:Port Pirie: 08 8633 2489
Email:  augusta@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
pirie@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
lincoln@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
 
whyalla@wch-camhs.sa.gov.au
Websitehttp://www.wch.sa.gov.au/camhscountry
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. 
Costs: nil

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Road Trauma Support of South Australia (RTST)

Road Trauma Support of South Australia (RTST) recognizes that people affected by vehicle collisions frequently experience emotional and psychological trauma, which may be relieved by sharing, support, information giving and counselling.

Services provided:  

RTST offers individuals affected by vehicle trauma referral to a qualified psychologist for free private counselling.

RTST also conducts monthly adult support group meetings at which a health professional is present.  The meetings are held in a confidential, informal and nonjudgmental setting.

Support group meetings are held on the first Monday of every month (excluding January) commencing at 7pm at 86 George Street, Thebarton.

Address: 86 George Street Thebarton, SA 5031
Phone: 1800 069 528 or 0400 705 066
Fax: Nil
Website: www.roadtraumasupportsa.com.au
Email: info@roadtraumasupportsa.com.au
Hours Of Opperation: Phone is monitored between 9am and 5pm Monday - Friday
Costs: free 

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SIDS and Kids (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

SIDS and Kids provides bereavement support for all sudden unexpected deaths from conception up to and including 6 years of age. The cause of death could be miscarriage, SIDS, accidental death, fast onset illness and stillbirth.

Services provided:

  • 10am to 4pm Drop in Centre
  • 24/7 Bereavement Support 1300 308 307
  • Emergency Crisis 1300 799 656
  • Support group meetings
  • Literature on grief eg. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Grief Education Classes
  • Sale of publications

Address:  415, Magill Road, St Morris SA 5068
Phone: 08 8332 1066
Website:  www.sidssa.org 
Email: administration@sidssa.org
Hours of Operation: 24 hours Crisis Intervention for the newly bereaved 1300 799 656
Office: 10am-4pm Mon-Fri
Costs: Nil

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Star Bear Program Anglicare Inc

The Star Bear program is a partnership between Anglicare Loss and Grief Centre.

Star Bear is a grief support program for children aged 5-12. For teenagers up to 17 there is the Star Bound program for  teenagers who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or significant person.

Children attend a weekend camp conducted by trained mentors/leaders. The programe aims to increase children’s understanding of death and the grieving process, as well as providing them with the opportunity to share their experiences with other children. both camps aee run by proffesionals and volunteairs in the area. 

Please contact Star Bear with any questions/enrolment form.

Services provided:

  • Individual child or family counselling, Anglicare Loss and Grief Centre
  • Information services about grief for children and adults can be provided for schools or the wider community
  • Follow up support for bereavement 
  • weekly camps for Starbear children bewteen 5-12 and Starbound for teenagers up to 17

Phone: (08) 8301 4208
Fax:  (08) 8301 4250
Website: www.anglicaresa.com.au
Email:  starbear@anglicaresa.com.au
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Costs:  Nil (for camps)

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Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support (SA) Inc Stillbirth And Neonatal

SANDS was formed originally to answer a need that parents had to talk to others whose baby had also died sometime from conception to 28 days after birth.
SANDS is a self-help group consisting solely of bereaved parents. Parents often feel the strong desire to talk about their baby and to be with others who have suffered and survived the loss of a baby.

SANDS aims to assist parents in their grief and to help them understand the emotions that they are experiencing.

SANDS is managed by a Committee of bereaved parents who have the task of ensuring that the Organisation runs smoothly. They raise funds, apply for grants, do publicity and generally administer the business of SANDS.

Services provided:

  • Newsletter
  • Monthly Support meetings
  • Telephone suppoort 13000 72637
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Coffee mornings
  • Community awareness
  • Information sessions

Address: PO Box 380 PARKHOLME SA 5043
Phone: 0417681642
Website: www.sandssa.org
Email:  info@sandsa.org
Hours of Operation: 24 hour supportline 13000 72637
Costs: Nil

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Suicide Call Back Service

The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over who fit one of the following categories:

  • People who are suicidal
  • People caring for someone who is suicidal
  • People bereaved by suicide
  • Health professionals supporting people affected by suicide.

The Suicide Call Back Service is especially suited to people who are geographically or emotionally isolated.

Professional counsellors, with specialist skills in working with suicide-related issues, will assist you in working through difficult emotions. The counsellor will help you with goal planning, ensuring your own safety and help to link you to other services in the community.

Services provided:

  • Immediate telephone counselling and support in a crisis
  • Six further telephone counselling sessions with the same counsellor scheduled at times best suited to your needs

Address: PO Box 2335, Footscray Vic 3011
Phone: 1300 659 467
Fax: n/a
Website: 
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Email: 
enquires@ontheline.org.au
Hours of Operation: 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
Costs: Free telephone and online counselling 

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Victim Support Service

The Victim Support Service Inc. (VSS) of S.A. is a community based, not-for-profit organisation in South Australia, which provides a comprehensive range of services for people who have suffered as a result of a criminal offence. This includes the crime victimes, their families and friends and the wider community.

Services provided:

  • Professional counselling, advocacy & support
  • Information about victims rights and criminal injuries compensation claims
  • Specific information sessions
  • Court companion service
  • Resource centre/library
  • Regional services – Pt Pirie, Pt Augusta, Riverland, Mt Gambier, Pt Lincoln, Whyalla and Murrylands

Address:  11 Halifax St Adelaide 5000
Mailing Address: PO Box 6610 Halifax street Adelaide 5000
Phone: (08) 8231 5626
Country Free Toll: 1800 182 368
Fax: (08) 8231 5458
Website: www.victimsa.org
Email: info@victimsa.org
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Costs: None

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