Support after suicide
bereavement support and postvention
Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Each month we run a bereavement support group led by trained facilitators with lived experience. This group meets in the Hope Centre, 3 Albion Place, Dunedin. Carolyn McMillan, our lead facilitator, provides a delicate balance between listening to you, providing information on what to expect and perhaps most importantly, a shoulder to lean on.
It is a friendly coffee group atmosphere and you are most welcome to bring a support person along. Please contact us prior to attending to RSVP.
If you cannot attend our monthly support group then please do join our online group that you access any time of the day or night. It is called Life Matters Suicide Bereavement Support. Click here to go to the group.
We provide free and independent advice to people following the suicide of a loved one while under the care of state services such as DHBs and Corrections. You may have many questions so please do contact us.
Our petition (link here) has been delivered to the House of Representatives to request that all bereaved get a fair representation and support during inquests, hearings on papers and other inquiries. We were invited by the Justice Committee to deliver written feedback and we are now waiting on an update from them.
If you need more information about coronial processes please do contact us. Remember you have every right to know who your coroner is and to ask when your hearing on papers or inquest will take place. You also have every right to ask other questions and also to provide feedback to the coroner. You also have a right to be treated with respect and ask for explanations if you do not understand the process. At a time where we are struggling with grief we should be given extra support.
We are developing an Aftermath 101 manual to help people going through coronial processes and other inquiries when families cannot afford legal representation. Stay tuned or contact us for more information.
Partial delivery for whānau stuck in the coronial system
Life Matters is very pleased to see that Budget 2022 delivered a package of investment to improve the coronial system and reduce delays for grieving families and whānau. It is a crucial but small change in helping to ensure a speedier outcome for coronial cases. However, there is much more work to be done for suicide bereaved whānau who find themselves in this position for the first time in their lives- having to negotiate through a minefield of the unknown while in a state of distress and vulnerability. It is an impossible task- even for highly competent people who are very able under normal circumstances, especially when they have no legal knowledge or experience. We need to protect the rights of suicide bereaved whānau in Aotearoa New Zealand so that they are well supported throughout the coronial processes. To read more about this please follow this link.
The meetings take place at our Hope Centre, 3 Albion Place, Dunedin on:
First Tuesday of every month
(Except for January) from 5.30pm to 7:00pm
It is important you RSVP to email@example.com so we can ensure the meeting will go ahead. Thanks in advance
Our Up-Coming Support Groups
Bereavement support online
Suicide bereavement support:
If you would like to join our online Life Matters Suicide Bereavement Support Group which provides peer support, please contact us via our Facebook page. Group protocols as decided by participants.
If you feel suicidal or someone you know could have suicidal thoughts, please get help immediately. You don’t have to go through this alone. There are many people willing to help.
If you or someone you know is not feeling well, please reach out for help.
All of us go through tough times in our lives at some stage. You are not the only one struggling and you don’t have to do it alone. Please reach out for help.