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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

Bereaved by Suicide: Cultural Considerations when Supporting People from CALD Backgrounds

Suicide is the one of the most difficult and stigmatising bereavement crises that can be experienced by people from CALD backgrounds. Suicide and self-harm are not condoned in most of the major religions and cultures in the world. Therefore, bereavement by suicide amongst many communities can be a disenfranchised grief. Families may suffer in silence and deny the cause of death as suicide because of the stigma and shame associated with the suicide. The mourning process may be complicated by other traumas and resettling in a new country. Families may need extra sensitive empathy consistent with their cultural and religious beliefs, alongside the usual bereavement support when suicide occurs.

Content includes:

  • Views on suicidality across different cultures and major world religions
  • Factors influencing grief reactions and support seeking in those bereaved by suicide, with a strong emphasis on stigma around suicide
  • Types of grief reactions (eg. Traumatic grief, complicated grief)
  • Grief and mourning in the context of other types of traumas including refugee trauma, and resettlement processes
  • Culture, trauma and grief
  • The grief cycle and its complications with respect to CALD populations, particularly those from refugee backgrounds
  • Mourning, views on death and funeral rituals and customs across cultures
  • Tips for trauma informed and culturally safe bereavement support in cases of suicide

Nooria Mehraby
Senior Clinician/Trainer

Anyone providing support to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly those who have experienced some form of trauma (including refugee trauma) and are bereaved by the loss of someone to suicide.

Registration: All registrations are online and payment is by credit card. Please click on the relevant ‘Register’ button above. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically.

Virtual workshop – Delivered via Zoom

Date: No dates currently scheduled.

Standard – $220 | $190 concession
Note – there is a 5% late fee for registering after 8.30am the day before the event. Costs are in Australian dollars.

This workshop is available upon request. Please go to the ‘Request Training page for further information about workshop fees and how to make a request for your workplace. Please note that requests need to be made and confirmed at least 6-8 weeks in advance as we do get booked up.

A certificate for the half-day workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on at a STARTTS calendar event. For workshops delivered by request in your workplace, a certificate for the workshop can be emailed to the participants after the event if the organisation supplies an Excel sheet with the First Name, Last Name and Email address of every participant listed.

CPD hours = 4

This workshop adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

Email: stts-training@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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