Established in 2002, StandBy is a program of United Synergies which is designed to meet the need for a co-ordinated community response to suicide. This suicide postvention program is dedicated to assisting people and communities impacted by suicide. StandBy provides support services all around Australia to anyone who has been impacted by suicide at any stage in their life. StandBy’s support can be accessed by a wide range of people and groups who have been affected, either directly or indirectly by suicide, including families and friends, witnesses and community groups. Services are available round-the-clock and include telephone or face-to-face support at a time and place which is best suited to the client. This support is free and is provided by local caring staff, committed to the well-being of the person or group impacted. Depending on need, StandBy will arrange follow-on support from existing local services and groups, or simply provide information and links to other available services. Follow-up contact may continue for up to one year to ensure that clients receive sufficient help to enable them to recover from their trauma. StandBy works with the community to deliver workshops and education programs to encourage and enable increased knowledge and awareness of suicide and suicide bereavement.
StandBy operates nationally by partnering with local organisations, engaging their expertise within the community to deliver the most effective and culturally suitable support for each circumstance. Locally tailored community workshops and education programs are provided to increase awareness of suicide and suicide bereavement to assist people within a community to provide support to others within their community. To summarize, in addition to community education, StandBy provides a national community-based suicide bereavement service which provides a co-ordinated community response to suicide. This is done by providing a central point of co-ordination which connects people to the support they need through referrals to services, groups and organisations within their local area.