Accessing available grief support organisations
Grieving is hard, you should not feel alone. Talk to a family member, a close friend, or a spiritual adviser. A family counselor, a therapist, or a palliative care specialist can also help you process and deal with the emotions and stages of grief. Finding and joining a local support group can also help.
Dedicated grief helplines/call lines are also available:
Griefline Community and Family Services Inc. is a dedicated grief helpline service that provides counselling support services free of charge to individuals and families.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is a non-profit organisation founded in January 1996.
Beyond Blue was formed in 2000 helps the public deal with issues of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
SANE Help Centre is a National Freecall and online service providing information, guidance, and referral on mental illness and related issues.
Formed in 1977, NALAG NSW has grown to become NSW’s leading provider of support and education for communities, families and individuals impacted by loss, grief and trauma.
Lifeline provides compassionate support for people in crisis. No judgement. No conditions. No agenda. Just a human connection to help people get through their darkest moments.
MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service offering support for Australian men, anywhere. anytime.
The Australian Government has introduced a Carer Gateway website and call centre as an entry point for carers to access practical information and advice, online supports, and services in their local area.
The new nationwide network of Carer Gateway service providers delivers a range of support services to unpaid carers, such as:
- In-person and phone-based counselling
- Online self-guided coaching
- Emergency and planned respite
- In-person and online peer support
- Online skills courses
- Financial packages focused on employment, education, respite and transport
It also provides information, practical advice, and resources on a range of topics, including:
- Information on the types of care and stages of caring
- Advice on how to look after yourself while caring for someone
- Information on respite care
- Managing day-to-day care
- Legal and financial support considerations
- What to do in an emergency or crisis situation
- Help on combining caring with work or study
- Assistance with navigating local services including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), My Aged Care, and palliative care.
Kids Helpline is a free (even from a mobile), confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24 hour, nationwide service that provides free telephone, video and online counselling.
Their professionally trained counsellors have specialist skills in working with suicide-related issues and they can help you to work through the pain and distress you may be feeling. You can call them anywhere and anytime.
Seek immediate help when:
- You are unable to perform the daily normal activities
- You have persistent grief
Losing a loved one can change a person’s life. Grief, when experienced fully with the proper understanding, good handling and availing of resources when needed, will become bearable with time.