Support groups and organisations: Indigenous grief

If you are seeking support relating to grief e.g. support organisations and resources such as books, please use the Finding Support page or use links which are presented at the bottom of each topic page.


Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group
Cancer Care Centre
Childhood Cancer Association Inc
Homicide Victim Support Group of SA Inc
LIFELINE
Minimisation of Suicide Harm (MOSH Australia)
Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia A Inc.
Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service Inc
Relationships Australia (South Australia)
The Compassionate Friends South Australia

Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group

When a relative or close friend suicides – you are not alone – The Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group provides help and guidance to those grieving the loss of someone through suicide.

The group comprises people from all walks of life. Their common link is that they have been close to someone who has suicided – relative, child, friend or acquaintance. They are able to provide help and guidance to anyone bereaved through suicide. They are able to provide many of the answers to your questions through their personal experiences and provide comfort and support to help you through this difficult time.

The group is administered by its own committee and is supported by a council of professional advisors.

The easiest way to make contact initially is by telephoning or writing to Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group Inc.

Services provided:

  • Telephone counselling 8am-8pm 7 days a week
  • Support group meeting 3rd Wed. of each month at 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Sale of publications: After Suicide Help For The Bereaved, by Doctor Sheila Clark
  • Monthly Newsletter 


Phone:  (08) 8332 8240 – calls are diverted to a mobile and answered as soon as possible. If no answer please leave message for call back within 48 hours.

If urgent please call LifeLine 131114
Email: support@bts.org.au
Website: www.bts.org.au

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Cancer Care Centre

The Cancer Care Centre is a non-profit, non-denominational association formed in Adelaide.

It was inspired by cancer patients, their families and concerned individuals who believe that they have been able to contribute greatly to their own well being in overcoming the many challenges cancer presents.

Our primary aim is to provide active support for cancer patients and their families. The Cancer Care Centre promotes peace of mind and a healthy lifestyle, through:

    * Positive thinking
    * Stress management
    * Meditation
    * Food awareness
    * Healthy nutrition

The Cancer Care Centre seeks to meet the needs of both patient and family.

Services provided:

  • Individual counselling
  • Telephone counselling
  • Drop in centre
  • Literature on grief e.g. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Grief education classes
  • Meditation 
  • Therapys e.g. massage, reflexology 

Phone: (08) 8272 2411

Email:  admin@cancercarecentre.org.au

Website: www.cancercarecentre.org.au

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Childhood Cancer Association Inc

The Childhood Cancer Association is South Australia's key childhood cancer support organisation, dedicated to providing emotional, practical and financial support to children with cancer and their families. As part of this support they provide bereavement services to families who have experienced the death of a child from cancer. 

Services provided:

  • Individual and family counselling including face to face telephone and online counselling
  • Bereaved parent support group meetings
  • Library facilities for loss and grief e.g. books and brochures
  • Grief education classes
  • Grief and loss workshops
  • SIBE (Supper Important Brothers and Sisters program is run in the school holidays)
  • Bereaved Grandparent support groups
  • Bereaved Parens support group 
  • Anual bereaved family day for all member of the family 
  • Funeral assistance
  • Respite accomodation

Phone: (08) 8239 1444

Website: http://www.childhoodcancer.asn.au/

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Homicide Victim Support Group of SA Inc

The H.V.S.G. of S.A. is a self support group for the families and friends of homicide victims. We have three main objectives: support, education and reform. We hold monthly meetings and produce a trimonthly newsletters. We can also arrange to meet one-to-one. We offer long term support with no restrictions on time.

Services provided:

  • Individual support
  • Telephone support: Sharon Nckell 0423 411 055
  • Support group meetings: on the third Wednesday of the month at the Anglicare building,
    184  Port Rd, Hindmarsh at 7pm
  • Literature on grief, eg. brochuresf
  • Tri-monthly newsletters

Phone: (08) 8301 4200

M: 0438 867 408

http://sacommunity.org/org/202066-Homicide_Victim_Support_Group_of_SA_Inc

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LIFELINE

LIFELINE provides a 24hr telephone counselling service that is compassionate, non-judgmental, confidential and supportive of people from all walks of life, in need or in crisis.
Counsellors are trained to help with crises in areas such as isolation, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, suicide, youth issues, loss and grief, mental health, child abuse, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling etc.

LIFELINE has been helping South Australians of all ages, religions and social groups since 1963. In that time, our counsellors have dealt with just about every human problem.

Services provided:

  • Telephone counselling 24 hours 13 11 14
  • Grief education classes as part of training of telephone counsellors
  • Referral service to other agencies and support groups
  • One-on-one crisis support chat 8pm-4am 7days: 13 11 14 

Phone: 13 11 14

Website: www.lifeline.org.au 



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Minimisation of Suicide Harm (MOSH Australia)

MOSH is dedicated to reducing the impact of suicide on the general community by supporting those at risk and those beraved by suicide. MOSH believed suicide prevention is a whole of community responsibility and everyone can make a difference, giebn the right support and information. 

Services Provided:

  • Walk in service for those at risk of suicide or bereaved by suicide 
  • Group support for those bereaved by suicide  1-3pm every wednesday 
  • Art/craft groups Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1-3pm 
  • Community information pamphlets

Phone: 8443 8369

Website: http://www.moshaustralia.org.au/

 



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Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia A Inc.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA Inc. is the foremost Aboriginal community controlled centre in Adelaide, South Australia, providing primary health care and community support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from two major locations. The central site of Nunkuwarrin Yunti is located at 182 – 190 Wakefield St, Adelaide and our Northern clinic is located at 28 Brady St, Elizabeth Downs SA.

Services provided:

Nunkuwarrin Yunti prides itself on a professional multi-disciplinary approach to health care inclusive of a medical, dental and social emotional wellbeing service. Nunkuwarrin Yunti is, therefore, committed to providing culturally appropriate health care and community support services, and to influencing and overcoming barriers which exist for Aboriginal people in accessing and utilising mainstream services.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti offers access to:

  • Individual and family counselling, psychological therapies and social health servicesWoman’s healing group
  • Resource centre
  • Registered training organisation and Aboriginal SEWB workforce support
  • Clinical psychological services. This new service is available to Aboriginal people who may need to access a child, adolescent or adult Psychological assessment and treatment.

Website: http://nunku.org.au/

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Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service Inc

We are an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, providing primary health care to some 1200 Aboriginal clients in Port Lincoln and surrounding areas.

The Aboriginal community has had an important involvement in the history of the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service (PLAHS), in particular, in the founding of the service.

Services: 

  • Counselling / Family Support
  • PLAHS offers individual and family counselling, staff have recognised and relevant training.  
  • Grief and Loss Group run monthly, All welcome (call for provision of dates or to be sent a calendar, or yearly planner)
  • Social Emotional Wellbeing Service (SEWB) for case management and referrals

Phone:  (08) 8683 0162

Website:  www.plahs.org.au

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Relationships Australia (South Australia)

At Relationships Australia (SA) we provide support for people to overcome difficulties and bring about possitive change to their lives. 

Services provided:

  • Personal counseling
  • Family relationship counseling 
  • Childern counseling

Phone: 1300 364 277 or 1800 182 325

Corporate: (08) 8216 5200

Website: www.rasa.org.au 

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The Compassionate Friends South Australia

Compassionate Friends (SA) is part of a world wide support organisation for bereaved parents. This is regardless of the age of the child at death or the manner of death. Services provided include monthly support groups in 3 metropolitan locations, telephone support to members, a bi-monthly newsletter, a range of brochures and a resource library. A CandleLight service is held in December each year. Some support is also provided to siblings and grandparents.

Services provided:

  • Support group meetings
  • Literature on grief eg. brochures
  • Library facilities for loss & grief
  • Pamphlets
  • Newsletters – quarterly - first newsletter for newly joining family is free, thereafter by subscription

Phone: 0456 820 133

Email: support@compassionatefriendssa.org.au

Website: https://compassionatefriendssa.org.au/

 

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