What is ARBOR?

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

ARBOR Counselling is held at various locations. Initial sessions can be held at client’s homes. ARBOR’s grief counsellors are professionals with tertiary qualifications. They can provide professional support and strategies for managing grief. ARBOR also offers support groups around the metro area. Clients may be referred to other Anglicare WA services. Counselling sessions are an hour long and can be one-on-one or involve multiple clients.

ARBOR peer supporters are volunteers who have experienced 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. Volunteer peer supporters are initially assessed by ARBOR counsellors to determine their suitability to the program.

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 soothe and support people going through bereavement, and help them to manage any issues that may arise.

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

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.

How can ARBOR be accessed?

All ARBOR services are free of charge.

Clients interested in ARBOR can arrange an appointment over the phone: 9263 2150,  or via email: Clients may be referred to ARBOR by other services and organisations, self referrals are also encouraged. ARBOR also offers telephone counselling (appointment only).

ARBOR is open 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

ARBOR is not a crisis service, for crisis help call:

  • Samaritans: 9381 5555
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

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. Home visits are available throughout the Metro area.


ARBOR is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing through the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

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).



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