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Support after a suicide attempt (for family & friends)

It is very hard to deal with the fact that someone you are close to has attempted suicide, or has killed themselves.

You are likely to feel confused and have no idea what to do next. If the person has died you will be struggling with grief and loss. If they are still alive, you will be desperate to stop this from happening again.

However, there are resources to help you deal with this very difficult challenge.

Support group

WAVES Bereaved by Suicide

Phone: (03) 366‑9284 or 0800‑876‑682

Offers an eight-week practical, supportive educational group for six to eight people, facilitated by professional counsellors and educators. It's available to people aged 17 or older. See the Skylight website or the WAVES pamphlet for more information and for programme dates.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by chief of Psychiatry, Canterbury DHB. Updated June 2016.

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