The death by suicide of a loved one leaves a devastating and lasting impact on family members left behind. The lifelong impact on children is profound, placing them at a higher risk of dying by suicide three times higher than the general community. Children bereaved are at increased high risk of having mental health issues.
It is vital that we support children both in the short and long-term through the traumatic experience of losing a parent or loved one to suicide.
Alison has been instrumental in campaigning for the establishment of a pilot program for children who have been bereaved by suicide. She will continue to raise this very important issue with the Government.