What is CYPRESS?
CYPRESS is a suicide support and bereavement counselling service for children and young people who have experienced the loss of a loved one or family member to suicide.
It stands for Children and Young People REsponsive Suicide Support (CYPRESS), and it’s a free service operated by Anglicare WA for children and young people aged between six and 18 years.
The service offers a range of support, including therapeutic bereavement counselling, psychoeducation, suicide support groups and more. Its main purpose is to ensure that vulnerable kids are not alone to face their grief.
The service offers long-term support to children, young people and their families and operates across the Perth metropolitan area.
It is the first of its kind to be delivered in Australia and is funded by the Mental Health Commission until July 2019.
This site provides access to relevant and up-to-date knowledge on the issue of suicide bereavement amongst children and young people.
We will share suicide stories, resources, and other localised services information to help parents, caregivers, schools, young people, and professionals navigate the most appropriate support for children and young people bereaved by suicide.
Losing someone to suicide is a deeply shocking experience. For a child or young person the effects can be particularly severe and overwhelming.
Often those closest to them cannot provide support after suicide, as they are dealing with their own grief. Studies show that children and young people who have lost a parent to suicide are three times more likely to complete suicide themselves.
For all of these reasons CYPRESS offers this highly professional support.
If you are in crisis and require support immediately, please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Samaritans on 135 247.