Youth Project Supporting Surviving Siblings

We offer an example of the IMPOSSIBLE BEING POSSIBLE; living with our grief

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Our vision is centred around ”You need not walk alone” The Compssionate friends is passionate about minimizing the negative impact of sibling death on key developmental and transitional points on young surviving siblings.  Bringing in a new service modality introducing a phone app featuring instant chat connecting the young bereaved and a peer with a similar lived experience of sibling loss.

Secondly developing a mentor program looking at utilising the connections created via the app; targeting the young generation starting at 16years and proposed to target younger ages our experience grows.

The Turbulent Grief Storm for Youth

Surviving Siblings grief in the most part is overlooked, overshadowed & largely unacknowledged by peers, society and the wider community. Research shows death of a sibling in childhood is associated with increased risk of mortality for surviving siblings, greater risk of emotional problems when you compare them to the general population

Utilize members similar lived experience to:

Share their trauma, emotions & their coping strategies. Through this avenue they can achieve a renewed sense of adequacy and effectiveness

Offer friendship, understanding, compassion while instilling a sense of hope for a brighter tomorrow

Surviving Siblings grief in the most part is overlooked, overshadowed & largely unacknowledged by peers, society and the wider community. Research shows death of a sibling in childhood is associated with increased risk of mortality for surviving siblings, greater risk of emotional problems when you compare them to the general population

Although resilient in nature, without the opportunity to connect with others who know their painful reality the long-term mental wellbeing of these people is at risk. They need to feel safe and be in a supportive space to sort through grief impacts to work through the loss

Losing a sibling impacts long-term development in independence, romantic relationships & career progression. All three have long reaching implications on well-being.

Loss and grief increase susceptibility to loneliness and isolation which further implicates your mental health. Surviving siblings experience double the loss not only the loss of their brother or sister but they loss the family as they knew it and during this intense time of grief their emotional needs are not able to be met as their parents are also trying to make it thru their grief storm.  

Why Target Young Bereaved Siblings

Youth Project

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  • Aspire bereaved youth to have support as soon as they need it to both understand and manage grief. As a result, reducing the risk of seeking help at a later date due to unresolved grief issues.
  • Early intervention of support and learning result in better lifetime outcomes for people who are vulnerable in relation to social participation, workforce engagement and mental wellbeing
  • Increase grief awareness, skill up individuals who hit grief – assist young people to realize grief doesn’t have to be avoided or pushed down and that with support it is possible to open their heart to grief.
  • Beneficial when it is with a community of friends who through their lived experience are capable of offering help
  • Promote awareness and understanding regarding the crucial need for support services tailored towards young bereaved siblings
  • TCF actively involved in the mental health sector, self/support group & bereavement sectors working to create awareness build capacity by sharing insights about specific needs of bereaved siblings
  • Strong focus on educating health professional, employees and the general community – forming partnerships to help strengthen the availability of informal non-clinical support across Victoria
  • Vital peer support while being self help

 

Many of these having the potential to have detrimental effects on their health and development and further implications on well-being such as:  

  • Research shows death of sibling during young adulthood is associated with  
  • increased risk of mortality for surviving siblings  
  • greater risk of emotional problems in comparison to general population 
  • Can impact long-term development in independence, romantic relationships & career progression all having.  
  • Increase in risk taking behaviors including substance use (alcohol, drugs, prescription medication) 

TCFV believes in the power of mutual self help & Peer Support

Peer Support services are based on holistic view of mental health, we recognise the importance of sharing knowledge gained by people who have shared the same experiences with those who are currently facing the same challenges. the forms the basis of the information, support and education delivered at the compassionate friends, Victoria.

Peer support The unique nature of Peer Support in providing an unmatched source of expertise, understanding, compassion and hope through grief and healing. Peer support help individuals feel connected, re-establish social networks and build friendships in turn decreasing feelings of isolation, hopelessness and depression.