Supporting you after a suicide attempt
If you have attempted suicide, Lifeline’s AfterCare service is designed to increase access and engagement with care to help manage suicidal thoughts and prevent repetition of suicidal behaviour or self-harm.
This service has been designed for adults for immediate support following a suicide attempt, or survivors of a past suicide attempt.
About the AfterCare Service
Connecting you with an AfterCare Coordinator
By calling 1300 152 854, an AfterCare Coordinator will be requested to contact you to arrange to meet either in person or speak with you over the phone. They will listen to what is happening for you, create a safety plan and work with you to design a program of support that you are comfortable with. Your Coordinator will arrange regular check-ins with you throughout the program that line up and fit in with your everyday schedule.
Six face-to-face (or video) counselling sessions are available for people who enter this program. These sessions are free.
Eclipse group support
You’ll have access to Lifeline’s Eclipse support group, where you can connect with other people who’ve been through similar experiences. This is a closed group and runs over eight weeks. This group can be attended more than once.
The next Eclipse Group will be run online and commence June 2022. To register your interest or find out more click here
A dedicated after-hours phone crisis service
Phone support specifically for AfterCare participants is available Monday to Friday between 5:00 pm to 9:00 am, and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. This is not a counselling service but a crisis line; a caring voice, an empathic listener to be there for additional support during the program.
Linking you with further assistance
The AfterCare service will provide referrals to external community organisations that can provide practical support and services to address holistic issues such as housing, finances, and/or relationships when required.
The AfterCare service is currently supporting communities in three regions - New England North West, Upper Hunter and Manning Region, based in Singleton, Tamworth and Forster.
Tools for family and friends
The care received by people after a suicide attempt is key to reducing future suicide attempts and suicide deaths.
The AfterCare service provides increased access and engagement with care to prevent the repetition of suicidal behaviour or self-harm.
If you would like to introduce someone to this service, please use this form.
Information for health care professionals
If you’re a health care professional and would like to introduce someone to the AfterCare service, or receive further information, please contact AfterCare Manager Leisha Antunovich on 0447 257 990.
In accordance with NSW Health COVID Safe measures our Aftercare program will be temporarily be supporting people thought the use of video and telephone serivces. Please contact the office on 1300 152 854 to find out how this services is able to support you while restrictions are in place.