Eight-week support program for survivors and their families

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast CEO, Rob Sams, said Eclipse will give survivors a safe and non-judgemental place

Lifeline is encouraging people who have made a suicide attempt and their families to gain support to recover through its Eclipse support groups which will start this month.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast CEO, Rob Sams, said 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.

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

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

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

Participants will meet for two hours once a week and will all start at the same time, completing the eight-week program together.

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

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

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

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

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

If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed, connect with Lifeline in the way you feel most comfortable.

Call to speak to a crisis supporter on 13 11 14, text 0477 131 114 or chat to Lifeline online at www.lifeline.org.au.

All services are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Maisy Rae