Support for Young People and Families in Need Provided by ‘United Synergies’, Australia
My next meeting was with Jill Fisher who is employed by ‘United Synergies’ to address the needs of those bereaved by suicide. Whilst the main purpose of my meeting was to learn about the work that Jill is doing in postvention, I would be doing ‘United Synergies’ a disservice if I did not give you a brief insight into the additional roles that they provide to young people and their families.
United Synergies is an organisation that supports young people, families and communities in Queensland, Australia. Their particular focus is on those who are in need and/or experience some form of disadvantage. This organisation works alongside such individuals/communities to help achieve stability and security and ultimately enable individuals to reach their full potential. Based on this principle you can understand why this organisation decided to focus their attention on those bereaved by suicide. I will discuss the excellent work they are doing to support those bereaved by suicide, but for now I would like to highlight the services and programmes that they currently provide to those in need, which include
- support and accommodation for young people who are homeless;
- a mentoring service which connects young people with people in the community who help them achieve their goals;
- individual assistance for young people seeking work;
- training and support for young people who become parents;
- mental health support for young people and respite for carers of people suffering from mental illness;
- access to additional services to help enable young people and their families cope with the challenges in their lives; and
- support for individuals and communities across Australia who have been bereaved by suicide.
My next post will specifically focus on my meeting with Jill Fisher who leads the StandBy initiative which supports people bereaved by suicide.
For more information about United Synergies click on the link below.