Losing a loved one to suicide is a loss like no other. The complex trauma, shock and grief that comes with it is something that people only know about when they have been through it. SSF plan to be there for anyone who requires emotional, mental and physical support following the loss of someone to suicide. We plan on having grief counsellors on call 24/7 should you need to speak to a professional, as well as having lived experience members available to come to speak with you at any time of the day or night. We also plan on producing our own pamphlets, ebooks and other resources that delve deeper into the complex grief associated with losing a loved one to suicide.
Community is a big factor in gaining a sense of normality again, and we plan on having community outreach meetings in different venues around Perth where those who are bereaved by suicide can come and discuss their feelings in a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space.
Mental Health Awareness
Many people think mental health is just to do with illness. However, everyone has mental health and it is important that people know how they can maintain good mental health by different means (eg. exercise, meditation, art). We need to screw the taboo when it comes to mental health and illness and let people know that it is okay to talk about, that there is nothing shameful about it and that by sharing our stories we can actually help not only ourselves, but other people. We plan on educating children at a grassroots level in schools and within community groups, high schools, universities and within the corporate sector. Too many people are afraid to share their diagnosis because of the fear of being stigmatised and this is what SSF is hoping to break down.
Suicide is preventable in most cases. With education about mental health, support from others and letting people know that they aren't alone and that they can get through tough times, we hope to reduce the number of deaths by suicide. This is achievable and SSF plans to everything we can to lower the suicide rate and help people walk back on the path to wellness.