What is ARBOR?

ARBOR stands for Active Response Bereavement Outreach. The service offers short-medium term counselling, referral, volunteer peer support and support groups to people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Our counsellors can provide you with support and strategies for managing grief as well as refer you to other Anglicare WA services if required. Counselling sessions are an hour long and can be one-on-one or involve multiple clients, with initial appointments able to be held at home.

ARBOR peer supporters are trained volunteers who have experienced bereavement by suicide and wish to help others through similar situations. Peer supporters are available to attend counselling sessions to provide support and empathy to the participants.

Who is ARBOR for?

The service supports people who have lost relatives, friends, colleagues or acquaintances to suicide. ARBOR is designed to be as inclusive as possible, and is appropriate for a culturally and linguistically diverse range of clients.

ARBOR offers Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal education and training packages to professionals and communities, such as suicide bereavement awareness training and 'Grieving Aboriginal Way'.

How much does ARBOR cost?

All ARBOR services are free of charge.

How can ARBOR be accessed?

If you are interested in accessing ARBOR services, you can arrange an appointment over the phone on 1300 11 44 46, or via email at arbor@anglicarewa.org.au.

ARBOR also offers telephone counselling via appointment only (note: this is not a crisis line. Please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you are in crisis). Please phone 1300 11 44 46 to discuss booking an appointment. 

Professionals may also refer a client to ARBOR.

Where are ARBOR services located?

ARBOR is located at Anglicare WA’s East Perth office and all other Metro offices. The service can provide telephone counselling to clients who have difficulty travelling or reside in regional and remote regions of WA and home visits are available throughout the Metro area.

Events

As well as support groups, ARBOR holds several memorial events throughout the year such as ‘Walk Through the Darkness’ and ‘ARBOR Remembers’, a memorial service for people bereaved by suicide. For more information on this please visit the Anglicare WA Facebook page, or contact us on 1300 11 44 46 or arbor@anglicarewa.org.au.

Acknowledgements

ARBOR is funded by the WA Primary Health Alliance as the operator of the three WA Primary Health Networks.

ARBOR works closely with organisations within the Perth Metro area and has a Memorandum of Understanding with services such as the Coroners Office, City of Armadale, Samaritans WA, and the Jesuits (Vic).

Feeling lost?

Anglicare WA offers a wide range of services and with almost 50 service locations across WA, we’re never too far away.

If you’re not sure where to go, call us on 1300 11 44 46.