Jillian Raid and Rose Hogan from the NSW StandBy Response Service with Chereece Dixon from Youth Connections and Teri King from headspace. Ms Hogan said children could be the most vulnerable of those affected by suicide.
Jillian Raid and Rose Hogan from the NSW StandBy Response Service with Chereece Dixon from Youth Connections and Teri King from headspace. Ms Hogan said children could be the most vulnerable of those affected by suicide. Luke Mortimer

Free Goonellabah workshop helps kids affected by suicide

CHILDREN who are bereaved by suicide will be the focus of a free workshop on April 27 in Goonellabah.

North Coast New South Wales StandBy Response Service coordinator, Rose Hogan, said children could be the most vulnerable of those affected by suicide.

"A submission ... noted the challenges for children who have lost a parent, other relative or close friends to suicide," she said, referring to findings from a submission made to the National Children's Commissioner Inquiry into Suicidal Behaviour.

"Knowing how to speak to children about this kind of loss, particularly for someone struggling to come to terms with it themselves, is a very difficult task.

"This workshop provides information about the impact of suicide and how to support children who have been affected.

"The workshop will be especially useful for those directly engaged with bereaved children including social workers, counsellors, psychologists, health, welfare and education professionals, youth and family providers, and any of those responding to family, friends and associates bereaved by suicide.

There is no cost for this workshop, however, places are limited and early bookings are recommended.

The North Coast NSW StandBy Response Service, supported by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) provides 24/7 crisis support to those affected by suicide.

StandBy is a national suicide postvention program funded by the Australian Government.

The workshop will be held at Invercauld House, Goonellabah, on April 27 from 9am-12.30pm.

RSVP for the workshop by Monday April 25 to jo.grenfell@nrsdc.org.au or call 02 6620 1800.

If you or someone you know is bereaved by suicide contact NSW North Coast StandBy on 0417 119 298.

For additional support, contact the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Lifeline 13 11 14.



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