are nearly 2,400 suicide attempts in the Hunter every year.
Family members, friends and carers
play an important role in supporting the recovery of a person who has attempted
suicide. In conjunction with the start of Mental Health Month, beyondblue has launched The Way Back Support Service which will
be delivered in the Hunter by a consortium of local organisations including
Hunter Primary Care.
As part of this broader program, we
are very pleased to support the Guiding Their
Way Back Support Groups that are designed to support the family and friends
of those who have attempted suicide.
The groups have been developed by the
Hunter Institute of Mental Health and will be delivered by Relationships
Guiding Their Way Back is a free service that starts with an
information session followed by four, weekly, two-hour education and support
The groups provide practical tips on
how to offer support during what can be a distressing and bewildering time,
including to talk to the person, and provide them with practical and emotional
support; increasing understanding of suicide; and how to access support
They also offer the opportunity for participants
to build friendships and support networks with other people who are going
through a similar experience.
In supporting this program, we
understand there is a gap in evidence-based support services available to
assist the family and carers of people who have attempted suicide. We are proud
to support the design, delivery and evaluation of this new approach which promises
to bridge this gap and improve the recovery outcomes for those who have
about nib foundation’s partnership with beyondblue.