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2019

Help Is Here for Suicide Attempt Survivors

Lifeline Mid Coast has announced the next cycle of the Eclipse Support Group will commence in Port Macquarie on 19 March 2019. It will run for eight weeks on Tuesdays between 3 pm – 5 pm.

A suicide attempt is rarely an event that can be easily shrugged off and may even be more difficult to overcome than the situations or life events that led up to the attempt. The important thing to remember is you are not alone. Do not panic. There are actions you can take immediately to begin the process of hope.

Eclipse is a specially designed group to help connect people that are going through similar challenges.

Research shows that attempt survivors have an increased risk for suicidal behaviours. If you are an attempt survivor, it is very important to access helping supports and resources such as close family and friends, and services such as Lifeline Mid Coast’s Eclipse.

Lifeline Mid Coast CEO Catherine Vaara said it was heart warming and rewarding to see members of the first Eclipse support group find the solutions they needed to move forward.

“By drawing on the lived experiences of others, members resonated and supported each other through the eight-week support cycle and the results were outstanding. Members found hope and connection in a non-judgmental space and had conversations about reasons for living and strategies to keep safe,” Ms Vaara said.

With permission, one member of Eclipse tells a story.

“For me, I have walked this path for so long alone, thinking I was selfish for attempting to end my life, to end the pain that was constantly in my head. Living a life like a chameleon, knowing there is still stigma in our society, hiding my real self for fear of discrimination. Meeting other participants in the group environment of Eclipse showed me that there are people who understand, really understand and who helped me feel “normal” for the very first time in my life! Knowing that the meetings were confidential and I was in a safe environment, I was able to be myself and this was quite confronting! Who was I really? Soon I realised that there was no one there to judge me and the feeling of ‘fitting in’ was very uplifting. I felt safe and cared for! Finally someone who listened, really listened…”

Kelly Saidey, Suicide Prevention and Awareness Manager and group facilitator says, “The Eclipse support group is built on the fact that suicidal people can find hope and resilience. Furthermore, suicide attempt survivors can understand the depths of suicidal feeling and provide hope to others in ways no one else can.”

Lifeline Mid Coast is now taking applicants for the sixth cycle of Eclipse. The cycle goes for eight weeks, commencing 19 March 2019.

People interested in joining the group should phone Kelly on (02) 6581 2800 or email suicideprevention@lifelinemidcoast.org.au.

For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.

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