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Support groups to help families post-suicide attempt

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Lifeline is encouraging local people, who have made a suicide attempt, and their families to gain help through its Eclipse support groups starting this month.

Eclipse is a confidential, eight-week online support program that gives suicide attempt survivors a safe and non-judgemental place to talk to one another and learn skills to help them to cope with thoughts of suicide.

Participants meet for two hours once a week.

The groups are coordinated by Lifeline facilitators, who are trained in suicide prevention.

“Eclipse is online – and support is accessible to people across the Hunter and Central Coast without the need to travel to a regional centre,” Lifeline Hunter Central Coast CEO Rob Sams said.

“Participants all start at the same time and complete the eight weeks together, making it more comfortable to share personal information.”

Eclipse is a component of the AfterCare pilot program funded by the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network.

“A suicide attempt is one of the most significant risk factors for further suicide attempts,” Mr Sams said.

“Improving the care for people after an attempt, whether it be recent or an attempt in the past, helps to reducing suicide attempts and suicide deaths.

“Reducing suicide attempts also reduces the impacts on loved ones, friends, first responders and the health service.”

People do not need a referral to join an Eclipse support group.

The next Eclipse groups start on 28 February and 3 March.

To find out more or register, phone 1300 152 854.

If this story causes issues for you, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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