"Being able to go back to work was important to me as it gave me a routine and helped me feel like I was achieving something when everything else felt like it had fallen apart."
– Jodi, bereaved 2013, mother of two

Work and study might feel completely overwhelming for some, and for others it may be a necessary distraction. It's important to know what options are available should you need extra support or assistance for you or your loved ones.

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Resuming your normal routine can help you to cope with the grief and feel a sense of normalcy in your life. But going back to the workplace following the suicide of a loved one can be daunting.

Things to think about:

* returning to work after a suicide

What you're entitled to:

* compassionate and bereavement leave

If you (or your child) is a student, you should be able to access support to help you manage your study commitments. This could include:

  • extension of deadlines
  • counselling services
  • putting courses on hold

You will be able to apply for special consideration in your study and you may be eligible for fee refunds if you decide to withdraw from enrolment in subjects.

As this varies by age and institution, it is recommended that you advise them of the death and specifically ask what support is available to you or your child.

Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you are in need of immediate assistance.

For other mental health concerns, visit headtohealth.gov.au or talk to someone you trust such as a doctor or health professional.