Support groups and organisations: SIDS (Sudden Infant Death)

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CAMHS – Flinders Medical Centre, Division of Mental Health
Compassionate Friends (SA)
Kangaroo Island Health Service
LIFELINE
National Twin Loss Support
SIDS and Kids (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Star Bear Program Anglicare Inc
Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support (SA) Inc

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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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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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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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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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) 8409 3608
Website: www.anglicaresa.com.au/support-disability/loss-grief/loss-grief-camps

 


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

Sands South Australia offers support to all bereaved parents and relatives who have suffered the death of a baby anytime from conception through to 28 days after birth - this includes, miscarriage, newborn death, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy and genetic/medically advised termination.

Sands South Australia is a state-wide, self help voluntary organisation run by and for bereaved parents. We receive no government funding and rely heavily on fund-raising efforts and donations. Sands also exist in other States. There is a National Sands body (Sands Australia) to which States belong.

Sands South Australia is a self-help group consisting solely of bereaved parents.

Sands South Australia bring bereaved parents together in a number of ways, through a Newsletter, Support meetings, and over the telephone. Parents who are 'down the track' in their grief, and who have done some training, support those who are just starting to grieve.

Sands South Australia aims to assist parents in their grief and to help them understand the emotions that they are experiencing are normal.

Phone:  0417 681 642
Website: www.sandssa.org.au
Email:  admin.sa@sands.org.au
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

(including Christmas Day) by dialling 1300 072 637

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