Support Questions

Coping with grief and bereavement following suicide can be an emotional and draining experience. Losing someone you love, or someone close to you can have a significant impact on your daily life and you may experience a range of difficult and perhaps surprising emotions. Connecting with someone around you and sharing your feelings can be an important step towards healing.

Get immediate assistance

Please note: The Mental Awareness Foundation website does not provide crisis intervention or counselling.

The information here is not a substitute for professional care.

If you are in need of urgent support or are worried about someone, please contact your local GP (doctor) or the agencies below. If your need is life threatening, call 000.

1800 RUOKDAY (1800 7865 329)

This number connects you to five of Australia’s crisis and information lines: Lifeline, Suicide Call Call Back Service, Kids Helpline, SANE Australia helpline and beyondblue Info Line.

It is a free call from any landline in Australia.

If you are calling from a mobile phone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 to connect to 24/7 phone counselling for free.

National help lines and centres

Lifeline 24/7 telephone counselling service 13 11 14
Suicide Call
Back Service
24/7 telephone counselling for people at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline 24/7 telephone and online counselling for young people 5–25 years 1800 55 1800
Reach Out! Online crisis and mental health information for young people
SuicideLine Victoria 24/7 telephone counselling for people at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved 1300 651 251
Gambling Helpline 24/7 telephone counselling, information and referral for people affected by gambling 1800 858 858
Telephone Interpreter Service If English is not your first language please call the Telephone Interpreter Service for assistance contacting a helpline 131 450


Helplines and information

SANE Australia Helpline Mental health information, weekdays 9am–5pm 1800 187 263
Headspace Mental health services and support for young people 12–25 years
beyondblue Info Line Information about depression, anxiety and related disorders 1300 224 636
Black Dog Institute Information about depression and bipolar disorder

Everyone deals with grief and bereavement differently. There are no right or wrongs in the grieving process and we all will cope in our own way. The best thing we can do for people when they are grieving, or when we ourselves are experiencing grief, is to be patient and as understanding as possible. There is no ‘normal’ timetable for grieving, and it may take weeks, months or years to begin to sort through feelings and emotions and make sense of what has happened.

Some things to consider when dealing with grief and loss:

  • It is normal and healthy to feel and express intense and painful emotions.
  • Grieving is important for healing.
  • Each person’s experience is unique.
  • Over time, sometimes years, the pain will diminish but it is normal for these intense emotions to resurface periodically.
  • Unexpressed or prolonged grief may mean professional help is needed.

It’s important to remember that there is no exact science in regards to grief and loss; everyone experiences grief and loss in their own way. However people may experience some, or none, of the following:

  • Shock or disbelief
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Overwhelming sadness
  • Fear
  • Physical symptoms like stomach pain, headaches, sleeplessness, weight loss or nausea, etc
  • Constantly asking “Why?”

These are a normal part of the grieving process. However, there is a difference between complicated grief, clinical depression and/or other mental health issues, and people should be aware of symptoms like:

  • Intense longing or thoughts about the person gone
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Extreme unexplained fatigue or lack of motivation
  • Seeing or hearing things
  • Complete denial, or belief the person is still alive
  • Inability to function at work or school
  • Searching for the person in familiar places
  • Thoughts of suicide or a preoccupation with dying

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these, or similar extreme emotions or feelings, seek the help of a professional.

It can take time to learn to cope with bereavement due to loss. However, there are a number of other steps that you could take that may assist you in the grieving process.

  • Speak to your GP or a counsellor (experienced in grief and bereavement issues)
  • Ring a counselling support line like Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Speak with a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • Tell and retell your story to a trusted friend to help you to make sense of what has happened
  • Ensure you eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, sleep and look after yourself
  • Join a support group
  • Access online resources, such as those available on WINGS of Hope:

You may feel that someone is not coping with it in the way you would, but this does not make them wrong, or you right. Everyone deals with loss in their own manner, and will need time and support and encouragement to help them cope in their own way. Some hints to assist you to help someone close to you:

  • Listen to them (even if you’ve heard the story before)
  • Spend time with them and don’t avoid judgement or advice
  • Help them to locate appropriate professional counselling
  • Start a bereavement support group if one does not already exist in your area
  • Supporting the bereaved can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Make sure you get the support you need so that you can continue to support them.

If grieving is prolonged and is beginning to affect your ability to function, seek professional help. Studies show that people who are bereaved by suicide often have thoughts of suicide themselves. While this may be common, get help to support you through these feelings.

For more information on suicide prevention, download a toolkit from

Lifeline has recently created a world first best practice Standards & Guidelines and Practice Handbook, to assist people to facilitate safe and appropriate suicide bereavement support groups. The new Standards & Guidelines and Practice Handbook sets out step-by-step how to structure and undertake suicide bereavement support group activity, allowing the provision of the safest support for people in a time of tragic loss. For information on these resources go to

Our main goal is to break the taboo that exists across the sphere of mental health. To make it normal and easy to seek assistance when you are struggling.

By raising awareness at a grass roots level we hope to bring these issues into the spotlight and raise money for charities that have the resources to help on the front line.

This year we’ll hold the fifth annual Walk For Awareness on Sunday the 9th of October, starting and finishing at Captain Burke Park under the Story Bridge to provide a platform for people to come and enjoy some entertainment and explore the many options available for anyone suffering with a mental illness.

By providing this platform it is our hope and belief that over time the barriers, stigma and taboos that surround mental illness will be broken down and talking about our problems will become common place in our communities.

The Mental Awareness Foundation is all about delivering a fun, exciting, informative, exhilarating experiences within the communities. These such events will allow us to support charities that are raising awareness on Depression and Mental Illness to also be accepted and recognised, such as:



MIC is a model for delivering better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for workers within the Queensland building and construction industry.

The model is based on the idea that suicide prevention is too large a task in the construction industry simply to be left to health professionals and Employee Assistance Programs. The MATES in Construction program focuses on making better and more useful connections between workers in the industry and external professionals.

MATES in Construction uses a community development model with the long-term objective of creating self-sustaining suicide intervention structures on sites. The effect of MATES in Construction on a site is to de-stigmatise mental health and wellbeing issues and to encourage help seeking for a range of issues – not just those that pertain to suicide.

The long-term objective is for the MATES in Construction program to permeate the industry to such an extent that suicide awareness and prevention becomes simply another part of doing business in the Queensland construction industry.

Since its launch in October 2008 more than 18,000 workers have participated in the General Awareness Training, 1,500 are functioning as Connectors and 200 workers have been trained as ASIST Suicide First Aid workers.

The MATES in Construction program has been widely recognised and has been the winner of Suicide Prevention Australia’s LIFE Award in 2009 and 2010. The program has also been recognised at the Annual Premiers Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.


Phone the 24hr Helpline – 1300 642 111



Grow is Australia’s only national peer support organisation. Grow is a grass roots organisation with participants of GROW providing the leadership of the organisation at the branches and the national Board.

Grow has operated for over 50 years and was established and developed by people living with a mental illness. Grow’s program of personal growth, group method and sharing, caring community has been developed from the findings and experience of people with a mental illness in the course of their recovery and rebuilding their lives.

Grow members share their own experiences and coping strategies in order to help one another. Members don’t just benefit from one another’s experience but, through mutual sharing, and the establishment of trust. The mutual support and friendship developed creates an ongoing network of support and a community of caring and sharing.


Phone 1800 558 268

Event Questions

Register Link here

There are 2 options to register – Individual & Team.

If you have a team – search for your team name. Or you can create a new team.

Alternatively, create an Individual Registration.

There is limited registration options on the morning of the walk.

Children are free.

Sunday 11th October, 2020

6am: Volunteer arrival 
Event registration opens
8am: Official event formalities
8.30: Walk for Awareness officially starts
12pm: Walk for Awareness officially ends

8km River City Loop

There will be limited parking available at Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point so we encourage you to plan ahead. There will be surrounding parking around the area but please ensure that you are aware of all parking rules.

There is available parking at Wilsons Parking in various places in the City and a CityCat or City hopper can be caught to the Holman Street Ferry Terminal. Please ensure you book online using the discount code Walk19 to get the parking at a flat rate of $5.00. This discount rate is only valid from 6am until 11pm on event day. Please look at the list below at which Wilson Parking will offer this deal:

  • BNE029 – Riverside
  • BNE062 – Eagle St Pier
  • BNE060 – Gold Tower
  • BNE061 – Blue Tower

Parking is also available at the Underground South Bank Parklands parking for $16.00 when you book online using the discount code Walk19. This discount rate is only valid between the hours of 5am and 6pm on event day.

At the time of registration pick-up, you will collect your t-shirt & bag on the morning between 7 – 7.45am to sport around town.

Everyone, any fitness level – wheelchair, pram & pet friendly! Kids on scooter also welcome.

Ensure you pack a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to stay sun smart across the event day. Remember to reapply your sunscreen. Also bring along your water bottle, and comfortable shoes.

Food & coffee stalls will be available.

Pets are welcome however there will are a lot of dogs down on the day. If you feel your buddy might be little intimidated or scared with the volume of people and dogs, perhaps consider a dog muzzle or protective bite mask for protection of your dog and others.

Children are welcome to come down.

For children under 12, they’re registration is free.

Stay social across the event and connect with

Police, ambulance and security will be onsite, in and around Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point, and on-course across all key event times.

LOTS of activities, raffles, media, music, food and fun to be had on the day!

Click here to become a Volunteer

Please come down at least 1 hour early on the day.

Have a query or would like to share your story? Please send us a message on

Grant Questions

In order to be eligible for a grant, you will need to be a registered Australian based charity and provide your registration number.

Applications must be submitted online through a smart form by clicking on the “Apply for Grant” button.

Applications can be submitted throughout the year.

To apply, you must:

  • Complete the online funding application
  • Provide all the information that is required
  • Meet all of the assessment criteria

Ensure that you have correctly completed all the mandatory fields. Once these have been completed correctly the form can be submitted.

Assessment criteria are as follows:

  1. How will the proposal meet the mission, vision and objectives of MAF?
  2. How will the outcome of the proposal have an impact on the mental health awareness system?
  3. What is the relevance or importance of the proposal to mental health prevention or awareness raising?
  4. Demonstrate what innovation(s) will be used to address an important area related to mental health awareness-raising or support?
  5. How will the proposal incorporate consumer engagement into its development and implementation?
  6. Can you provide any evidence of outcomes from previous mental health awareness funding sources?

For an application to be considered for assessment, applications must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • the application was lodged as directed and all compliant participant declarations have been uploaded.
  • the application provides a response against all required information fields including each of the selection criteria.
  • total funding requested does not exceed $25,000.
  • the Applicant Declaration has been completed, and all statements have been confirmed to be true.

Applications that are complete will proceed to assessment. The application will be referred to the MAF Advisory Committee, to assess the merit of the application against the selection criteria.

Once your application is submitted, acknowledgement of your application is through an automatic receipt at the time of submission.

MAF intends to provide outcome information within 2 months.

For further information about research funding, or for assistance in completing an application, please contact MAF by email at: