About Us

Support After Suicide is a program which provides support to people who are bereaved by suicide, including friends, family and young people. Based in Melbourne, Victoria we offer counselling, group support and an online community website.

We also offer education and training to health, education and welfare organisations to build capacity for the support of those affected by suicide. Support After Suicide is a program of Jesuit Social Services and funded by the Department of Health under the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Providing care and support to people bereaved by suicide is an important suicide prevention activity.

Support for Individuals

Support After Suicide provides counselling and groups to children, young people and adults who are bereaved by suicide. The grief following a suicide can be complex and overwhelming. As a bereaved person you may experience a broad range of thoughts and feelings such as sadness, anger, guilt and confusion. It can be an intense and difficult experience.

Some people feel well supported by family and friends while others feel isolated and misunderstood. Reactions can be many and varied and may seem difficult to understand. In these circumstances it can assist to receive some additional information and support.

Find out more about services for individuals.

Support for Professionals

Many professionals come in contact with people in our community who are bereaved by suicide and are providing support to them. This support may be direct counselling, the provision of information and resources or referral to specific intervention programs. The Support After Suicide program can support professionals in these roles.

Professional Education

Support After Suicide provides innovative education programs to professionals working in the education, health and welfare sectors. The programs aim to increase knowledge of issues relating to suicide bereavement and enhance professionals capacity to respond effectively to people bereaved by suicide. Topics include: current bereavement theory, the unique issues in suicide bereavement, trauma and providing effective care and support to people bereaved by suicide.

Secondary Consultation

Secondary consultation - by phone or face-to-face - the provision of information and referral options are available on request. There is also the possibility of staff in the program working jointly with professionals in the education, health and welfare sectors.

Find out more about services for professionals.

Meet the Team

The team at Support After Suicide come from a range of backgrounds but all have experience in responding to people who are facing complex and distressing circumstances.

Louise Flynn

Louise is a psychologist with over twenty years' experience in counselling, particularly in the area of trauma. She has a special interest in group work and has developed and facilitated a group program for people bereaved by suicide. For the past 10 years she has been the Manager of Support After Suicide.

Martin Ryan
Bereavement Counsellor/Community Educator

Martin is a social worker who also completed general nurse training. He has worked as a financial counsellor, as a social worker in hospitals with cancer patients and in home-based palliative care settings.

Before beginning work with Support After Suicide in January 2009, Martin taught social work for 20 years. He has completed specialist training in bereavement counselling and has worked as a part-time volunteer counsellor with people with a range of losses.

Anne Giljohann
Bereavement Counsellor

Anne is a social worker and has worked in the bereavement field for the last 20 years - 10 years at the SIDS Foundation and 10 years at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement where she was the Manager of the Bereavement Counselling and Support Service. She has extensive experience as a bereavement counsellor, group facilitator, supervisor and educator.

She has a particular interest in the diversity of supports that assist bereaved people, including peer support programs, groups, individual and family counseling, strengthening natural social networks and creative activities.

Colin Charles
Bereavement Counsellor

Colin is a social worker, family therapist and grief and loss counsellor who has worked in the welfare field for over 20 years. He has worked in both government and non-government settings in a variety of positions including residential care, child protection and youth and family counselling.

Prior to commencing work with Support After Suicide, Colin worked as a Senior Bereavement Counsellor and Support Groups Coordinator at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement. His areas of interests include group work, working creatively with children and young people and men's bereavement.

Annie Norrish
Bereavement Counsellor

Annie is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor, who has worked for many years with people affected by trauma and grief, specialising in bereavement. She works as a counsellor and group facilitator with Support After Suicide.

Prior to commencing with Support After Suicide, Annie worked with people bereaved and affected by the Victorian bushfires on Black Saturday. Annie is very interested in providing support to individuals or in groups to facilitate their grieving process, help them to understand the impact of the trauma and also to strengthen their own support networks.

Matthew Bishop
Bereavement Counsellor

Matthew is a counsellor and psychotherapist, as well as an academic teacher of philosophy. He has a particular interest in loss and grief, and suicide. Matthew has a background in suicide prevention and bereavement, trauma, and relationship counselling. His writing and private practice combines his therapeutic and philosophical work, with a special focus on how we face loss and suffering

Claire Ewart
Reception / Administration

Claire has been an administrator in the bereavement field for over 10 years providing administrative support to bereavement counsellors, volunteers and bereaved clients.