Losing someone close through suicide is a devastating experience and can be overwhelming and incomprehensible. While grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one, it may be particularly complex in the case of suicide when the death may have come without warning. Grief can be complicated by feelings of regret about things done or not done while the person was alive, or of anger and disbelief that there was no chance to say goodbye.
GriefLink’s No Blame. No shame. Surviving suicide loss Forum explored what it means to experience, and survive, the loss of someone close through suicide. The Forum was chaired by Mr David Roach, Deputy Chair, GriefLink and speakers included Ms Jill Chapman, MOSH; Prof Nicholas Procter, Chair, Mental Health Nursing, Uni SA; Mr Ian James, Principal Aboriginal Mental Health Advisor, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, SA Health; and The Hon John Dawkins, Chair, Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention.
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and GriefLink.
To access a video recording of the Forum, held Thursday 28th November, 2019, click here