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StandBy response service



StandBy response service is a suicide bereavement response program that provides a 24-hour coordinated response to assist families, friends, and communities who have been bereaved through suicide. The aim is to reduce the potential for poor health outcomes among those who have lost someone to suicide and to prevent further suicidal behaviour.

StandBy is managed by United Synergies and works with existing emergency and community support mechanisms in the local community to provide telephone support, outreach support (including psycho-education), follow-up support, and referral. The services are tailored to meet the needs of the bereaved person or people and therefore include culturally appropriate suicide bereavement support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The StandBy program operates in response to:

In addition to the direct support offered to those bereaved of suicide, the StandBy program also includes the delivery of training programs, community awareness seminars, and services in the areas of postvention, prevention, and traumatic loss. At present, StandBy operates in nine locations (metropolitan, rural, and remote) in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, and Tasmania.


United Synergies
12-14 Ernest Street
PO Box 365
Tewantin Qld 4565
Ph: (07) 5442 4277
Fax: (07) 5442 4846


Last updated: 23 August 2013
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