The experience of suicide has lasting effects on individuals, their family and friends. The Aftercare program is a free program aimed at reducing the risk of suicide and these effects by providing person-centred, individual psychological support and strength-based strategies for people whose lives have been touched by suicide.


  • Individuals who have been discharged in the past twelve months following an acute admission resulting from suicidal behaviour. This includes admissions to both general and private hospitals as well as mental health units.

Family members/significant others

  • Family members/significant others of individuals who have attempted suicide or have lost a loved one by suicide in the past twelve months.

High-risk clients remain under the care of Hunter New England Local Health District Mental Health Services – 1800 011 511.


  • Individuals require a GP referral letter and a copy of their recent discharge papers faxed to 1300 452 059 or emailed to mentalhealth@healthwise.org.au.
  • A Mental Health Treatment Plan is not required.

Family and Friends

  • Family and friends – do not require a referral. Self-referrals are accepted by calling 1800 931 540.


Support can be accessed through face to face consultations, via the phone or Telehealth platforms including Skype.

The program is currently being offered in Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Quirindi, Tamworth, Manilla, Barraba and Walcha.

Suicide Prevention Information Sheets and Referral forms

You can access the program with a referral form, and on our referral page, or make an enquiry to mentalhealth@healthwise.org.au or phone 1800 931 540.

FAX Referral to HealthWISE Coordinated Referral Network 1300 452 059

For more information:
Phone: 1800 931 540
Email: mentalhealth@healthwise.org.au

For all referrals please see our referrals page

HealthWISE is not a crisis service. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk, call 000 or attend your local emergency department. 

HealthWISE is not a crisis service, if you are someone you know is at immediate risk call 000.
In a non-crisis situation help can also be provided by contacting the Mental Health Access Line 1800 011 511.
Our mental health services are not able to provide crisis mental health services.