Support.

National Support Lines

Dedicated youth support lines:

KIDS HELPLINE (24/7)

Ages 5 to 25

Support any time, for any reason.

Phone: 1800 55 1800

Web chat: www.kidshelpline.com.au/

HEADSPACE (9am – 1am)

Ages 12 to 25

Phone: 1800 650 890

Web chat: www.headspace.org.au/my-account/waiting-room/

General support lines:

GRIEFLINE (8 am – 8 pm)

Ages 15+

Grief support for anyone who needs it.

Phone: 1300 845 745

 

BEYOND BLUE (24/7)

Ages 5+

Free mental health support.

Phone: 1300 22 4636

Web chat: www.beyondblue.org.au/get support/talk-to-a-counsellor/chat

QLIFE (3pm – Midnight)

All ages LGBTIQ+ peer lead support.

Phone: 1800 184 527

Web chat: www.qlife.org.au

LIFELINE (24/7)

All ages Crisis Support.

Phone: 13 11 14

Web chat: www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat/

13YARN (24/7)

If you or someone you know are feeling worried or no good, you can call 13yarn and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

Phone Support 13 92 76 | 24/7

Web chat: 13yarn.org.au

REDNOSE (24/7)

Red Nose offers support for those affected by the death of a baby or child including through miscarriage, medical termination, stillbirth, and newborn death.

Phone support 1300 308 307

www.rednosegriefandloss.org.au

Tasmanian Support Services

If you are not based in Tasmanian and looking for local services near you head to Grief Australia’s Support Directory here.

Dedicated youth support services:

CANTEEN

State wide support for children and families.

Ph: 1800 226 833 | www.canteen.org.au/

CHILD & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE (Anglicare)

North West & South of Tasmania

1800 243 232

ConnectSupport@anglicare-tas.org.au

The Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) provides support for vulnerable families with children and young people who are showing early signs of or at risk of developing mental illness.

FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICE (Catholic Care)

Launceston  

1800 819 447 or (03) 6332 0600

FMHSS offers support sessions to enhance children’s well-being and their ability to manage emotions. This can help improve things at school and in the family, especially during times of change or stress.

 

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM (Royal Flying Doctor Service)

Rural and remote Tasmania.

Ph 03 6391 0509 | ph@rfdstas.org.au

The Youth Mental Health Program supports children and young people aged 8 to 16 years from rural and remote communities who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues.

 

 

General support services:

A TASMANIAN LIFELINE (8 am – 8 pm)

Non-crisis phone support for anyone who needs it.

Ph: 1800 98 44 34 

CANCER COUNCIL TASMANIA

Available statewide

Cancer Council Tasmania provides free, professional support services to Tasmanians diagnosed with cancer, their family, and friends.

13 11 20 | www.cancer.org.au/tas

HOMELY RETREATS

Available statewide

We support Tasmanian families affected by cancer by offering complimentary and personalised family urgent response respite experiences. This allows families to take a much-needed break from the stress of cancer treatment to rest and reconnect with loved ones.

Website: www.homelyretreats.com.au

STANDBY

Support After Suicide for those who have been bereaved or impacted by suicide at any stage in their life.

Phone support 1300 727 247

www.standbysupport.com.au

RURAL ALIVE AND WELL

North & North West

Rural Health provides support and grief counselling across the North and North West.

(03) 6452 1266 | www.ruralhealthtas.com.au

WORKING IT OUT

Statewide

Tasmania’s sexuality, gender, and intersex support, education, and advocacy service.

Ph: 6231 1200 | www.workingitout.org.au/

Tasmanian Support Groups

State-wide

LIFELINE TASMANIA

Lifeline Tasmania, in partnership with Albie House, hosts monthly (excluding January) support groups for those who have been bereaved by suicide.

Suicide loss deeply impacts individuals, families, and entire communities. There is no right or wrong way for you to feel or grieve, but connecting with others who have experienced their own loss will give you the skills to help you cope with each new day.

Our Suicide Bereavement Groups are a FREE service for all adults who have been bereaved by suicide and are available in the North, North West and South of Tasmania.

Ph: 0491 445 552 | Email: support@lifelinetasmania.org.au

North

WALKING THROUGH GRIEF – SPECIALIST PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICE

Launceston & North East

A walking group offering mutual support for people who are experiencing grief through the death of a family member or friend from a life limiting illness.

The focus is on social interaction and bringing people together to share their experience of grief in their own time. People need to be able to walk approx. 40 minutes at a reasonable pace on designated sealed paths/walkways around Launceston.

Interested people will be registered to attend the program and provided with a roster of walks in advance.

Ph: 03-67774544 | Website: palliativecare.north@ths.tas.gov.au

 

North West

WALKING THROUGH GRIEF – HOSPICE CARE ASSOCIATION

Phone: 03 6477 7747

This innovative program has been operating since October 2015. We have 12 trained Volunteers who are rostered on 2 walks in a 3 month period. As the program is designed for carers after the loss of a loved one (from a chronic illness) it spans a 12 month period. WTG continues to this day (2022) and we are close to 200 walks!!!

This program is about walking, talking, sharing and reminiscing and takes place fortnightly on a Tuesday morning. The first hour is a walk around the beautiful environment of the North West Coast followed by coffee (and cake!). Our Volunteers are not trained Counsellors, but can listen and support- and our Participants feel comfortable to share with people who have had similar experiences in the loss of a significant other.

 

 

NEW MORNINGS – GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Our Grief & Loss support groups are guided by trained facilitators. They provide a safe and supportive place for people to meet, share experiences, learn from and encourage each other.

Support Groups run over 9-10 weeks after a bulk-billed pre-group appointment with one of our doctors to discuss your needs and answer your questions. You may bring a support person with you to your appointment and to the first group session.

New Mornings Grief and Loss support groups are guided by trained facilitators. They provide a safe and supportive place for people to meet, share experiences, learn from and; encourage each other.

There are opportunities to discuss a variety of issues, including: Feelings, Control, Honouring memories, Forgiveness and Transition.

Groups provides support, not therapy. They do not replace professional care by a doctor or counsellor.

Ph: (03) 6411 6212 | Website: admin@newmornings.org.au

 

 

 

South

WALKING THROUGH GRIEF – HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS

Through the ‘Walking Through Grief’ program we support adults who are bereaved as a result of terminal illness.

People walk and listen and talk to each other as they go. It’s an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, to enjoy some gentle exercise in a safe and supportive environment and it’s ok to talk about the person you love, who has died, or not to talk at all.

We meet around Hobart, and the wider area, walk for about an hour and enjoy some morning tea afterwards, and more compassionate supportive chatting, in a local cafe. A team of volunteers and a program coordinator support the walks. You can call us on 03 6231 9249 to find out more.

Ph: 03 6231 9249 | www.hospicevolunteers.org.au/bereavement-grief-walk/

 

 

 

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS VICTORIA

Although a formal TCFV group is not presently running in Hobart, a number of group members continue to meet informally at an outdoor café setting. For more information, please contact our telephone support line on 1300 064 068.

SUPPORT FOR YOUNG CARERS

YOUNG CARERS NETWORK

www.youngcarersnetwork.com.au
The Young Carers Network is a place for young carers across Australia to learn about support services, access resources and share their story and opinions.

THE YOUNG CARER BURSARY PROGRAM

www.youngcarersnetwork.com.au/young-carerbursary
This program supports young carers to continue with their education. The program offers a limited number of bursaries of up to $3,000 each year. Young carers across Australia can apply from late July until early September.

Additional resources

Websites:

Learning Grief

Learning Grief is a free online resource created to help you support kids and teens navigate the big feelings that come with loss. Whether you’re a mentor, coach, youth leader, educator, or caregiver, you can use these tools to learn and model effective support—teaching kids how to navigate tough times and how to be there for their peers.

Speaking Grief

Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a death- and grief-avoidant society. This national public media initiative includes a one-hour television documentary, media-rich website, social media campaign, and numerous community engagement events, all aimed at starting a national conversation about grief.

Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network

The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN) is a network that works with a team of experts to bring together evidence-based resources and research. We make them more accessible to those working with, or interested in, children and young people who have been affected by trauma and grief.

The National Centre for Childhood Grief

The National Centre for Childhood Grief (NCCG) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to caring for bereaved children and their families following the death of a parent, sibling, or other close loved one.

What’s Your Grief?

Grief support for the rest of us. You don’t have to grieve alone. What’s Your Grief? is a place for grief articles, courses, creativity, sharing, community & more.

Articles & reports:
  • Linking Unconditional Positive Regard and Teacher Wellbeing, an article by Berry Street
  • Being there: young people supporting their friends through tough times a report by Batyr
  • Beyond Self-care: an Educator Wellbeing Guide by Headspace & Beyond Blue
Books:
  • 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child, by The Dougy Centre
  • Resilient Grieving, by Dr Lucy Hone
  • Grief in Children, A Handbook for Adults, by Alte Dyregrov, by Bill Yule
  • A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children, by Silverman and Kelly
  • I Just Want to be Me: Building Resilience in Young People by Timothy Bowden Postgrad Dip Psych
App:
  • My Grief

SUPPORT FOR EDUCATORS

It’s not easy supporting a young person through grief and loss. Whilst you are a professional, you are also a person with your own mental health needs. You also bring your own experiences of grief and loss that might be triggered during the process of providing support. It is important that you know your boundaries, practise self-care and reach out for support. This is how you will  sustainably be ableto support others.

Support services:
Your GP can provide you with a mental-health care plan that allows you to receive 10 sessions with a mental health professional at a reduced rate each year.
The following support lines are free to access.

GRIEFLINE

Phone support
1300 845 745 | 8am to 8pm:
Mon-Fri (AEDT)
Support groups
griefline.org.au/get-help/support-groups/

BEYOND BLUE

Phone support
1300 22 4636 | 24/7
web chat
www.beyondblue.org.au/support-service/chat

A TASMANIAN LIFELINE - SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Phone support
1800 98 44 34 | 8am to 8pm
365 days a year

LIFELINE - CRISIS SERVICE

Phone support
13 11 14 | 24/7
Web chat
www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat/

WORKING IT OUT (WIO)

WIO provides advocacy and support appointments for LGBTIQA+ Tasmanians.
If you or a young person need support for issues related to gender identity, sexuality and/or intersex status, contact WIO at 62311200 or visit their website www.workingitout.org.au.

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