ARBOR stands for Active Response Bereavement Outreach. It offers short to medium term counselling, referrals, volunteer peer support and support groups to people who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Statistically, people who have experienced the suicide of a loved one are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health complications. Suicide is not a singular tragedy, it has multiple consequences. ARBOR hopes to sooth and support people going through bereavement, and help them manage any issues that may arise.
ARBOR Counselling is held at various locations with professional grief counsellors. Initial sessions can be held at the client’s homes. Counsellors can provide professional support and strategies for managing grief. ARBOR also offer support groups around the metro area. Counselling session are an hour long, and can be one-on-one or involve multiple clients. Clients interested in ARBOR can arrange an appointment over the phone: (08) 263 2150, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Clients may be referred to ARBOR by other services and organisations, self referrals are also encouraged. ARBOR also offers telephone counselling (appointment only).
ARBOR also offer peer support. Their peer supporters are volunteers who have experience bereavement by suicide and wish to help others through similar situations. Thorough training is provided for volunteers. Peer supporters are available to attend counselling sessions to provide support and empathy to the participants.
ARBOR is open 9am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday