Support groups and organisations: Indigenous grief

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.

Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group
Cancer Care Centre Inc.
Childhood Cancer Association Family Service
Compassionate Friends (SA)
Homicide Victim Support Group
Mary Potter Hospice Patient and Family Counselling Service
Minimisation of Suicide Harm (MOSH Australia)
Northern Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – CAMHS – Country Regional Team
Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia A Inc.
Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service Inc
Relationships Australia (SA)

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
Hours: Telephone support 8am-8pm 7 days. Support group meetings 3rd Wednesday of every month 7pm-9pm 
Costs: Nil

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Cancer Care Centre Inc.

The Cancer Care Centre Inc. is a non-profit, non-denominational association formed in Adelaide.

It was inspired by cancer patients, their families and concerned individuals who believe that they have been able to contribute greatly to their own well being in overcoming the many challenges cancer presents.

Our primary aim is to provide active support for cancer patients and their families. The Cancer Care Centre promotes peace of mind and a healthy lifestyle, through:

    * Positive thinking
    * Stress management
    * Meditation
    * Food awareness
    * Healthy nutrition

The Cancer Care Centre seeks to meet the needs of both patient and family.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling
  • Telephone counselling
  • Drop in centre
  • Literature on grief e.g. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Grief education classes
  • Meditation 
  • Therapys e.g. massage, reflexology 

Address: 76 Edmund Ave UNLEY SA 5061
Phone: 08 82722411
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9:30-4:30 
Costs: Counselling by donation
Use of library & internet for Members (cost per annum)
$80.00 Regular Membership
$60.00 concession
$100 Organisation 
$40 Therapies
$40 Counceling 
Note: Courses vairy in price  

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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
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
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
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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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
Hours of Operation: Admin 9am-5pm
Costs: Nil (only cost is for in house training of telephone counsellors)

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Mary Potter Hospice Patient and Family Counselling Service

The Mary Potter Hospice Patient and Family Counselling Service is a comprehensive service offering Social Work assistance and specialised counselling in the areas of palliative care, grief and loss, and bereavement. This is a service available to all patients and their family members in the Mary Potter Hospice and upon referral for those within Calvary North Adelaide Hospital. 

Services provided:

  • Helpful listening and counselling
  • A multidisciplinary and holistic approach
  • Education and information
  • Assistance with practical needs and access to other services
  • Help with children who are grieving
  • Bereavement care and support

Address:89 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide, SA, 5006
Phone:08 8239 9147
Fax:08 8239 9395
Hours: Monday-Friday 8.30 – 5.00
Costs: Free to patients and family members of Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and Mary Potter Hospice

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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
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30am-4:30pm  
Cost: Free 

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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.


  • 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
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. 
Costs: nil

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Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia A Inc.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA Inc. is the foremost Aboriginal community controlled centre in Adelaide, South Australia, providing primary health care and community support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from two major locations. The central site of Nunkuwarrin Yunti is located at 182 – 190 Wakefield St, Adelaide and our Northern clinic is located at 28 Brady St, Elizabeth Downs SA.

Services provided:

Nunkuwarrin Yunti prides itself on a professional multi-disciplinary approach to health care inclusive of a medical, dental and social emotional wellbeing service. Nunkuwarrin Yunti is, therefore, committed to providing culturally appropriate health care and community support services, and to influencing and overcoming barriers which exist for Aboriginal people in accessing and utilising mainstream services.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti offers access to:

  • Individual and family counselling, psychological therapies and social health servicesWoman’s healing group
  • Resource centre
  • Registered training organisation and Aboriginal SEWB workforce support
  • Clinical psychological services. This new service is available to Aboriginal people who may need to access a child, adolescent or adult Psychological assessment and treatment.

Service Address: 182 – 190 Wakefield Street Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Mailing Address: PO Box 7202 Hutt Street Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 08 8406 6100
Fax: 08 8232 0949
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. (Note the Clinic is closed Monday from12-5 pm).
Costs: Free. There is no cost to the client, however we ask that clients provide a health care card for MBS funded services. 

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Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service Inc

We are an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, providing primary health care to some 1200 Aboriginal clients in Port Lincoln and surrounding areas.

The Aboriginal community has had an important involvement in the history of the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service (PLAHS), in particular, in the founding of the service.


  • Counselling / Family Support
  • PLAHS offers individual and family counselling, staff have recognised and relevant training.  
  • Grief and Loss Group run monthly, All welcome (call for provision of dates or to be sent a calendar, or yearly planner)
  • Social Emotional Wellbeing Service (SEWB) for case management and referrals

Address: 19A Oxford Terrace, Port Lincoln SA 5606
Phone:  08 86 83 0162
Fax:  08 86 83 0126
Mailing Address: PO Box 1583, Port Lincoln SA 5606
Open: 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays)
Cost: Free Service All enquiries please call 08 86 83 0162

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Relationships Australia (SA)

At Relationships Australia (SA) we provide support for people to overcome difficulties and bring about possitive change to their lives. 

Services provided:

  • Personal counseling
  • Family relationship counseling 
  • Childern counseling

Address: 161 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 500
Phone: 08 8223 4566
Fax: 08 8232 2898
Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9am -5pm. Wednesday and Thursday 9am-9am
Costs: Fees are income based

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