SOS was founded by Kristy Steenhuis after she lost her husband Matt to suicide in November 2005.
Kristy (like many other people that have since gained support through SOS) found there appeared to be nowhere to turn for people who experience the aftermath of bereavement as a result of suicide and that something desperately needed to be done to assist people in these circumstances.
Kristy searched everywhere for assistance; particularly for someone who could understand and if a support group not only for herself but her two young children existed; she found nothing.
Aware that she was not alone and that there were many others who needed support, Kristy went about establishing SOS - Survivors of Suicide; not only to help those left behind but also to aid prevention and promote an awareness that support does exist and there is someone who will listen and can understand.
Kristy has personally experienced and understands the pain and emotional rollercoaster associated when a loved one completes suicide. She is determined to make a difference, to provide support to other survivors grieving the loss of a loved one through suicide and to help with their healing and recovery.
Some years later SOS continues to support people with nowhere to turn. Kristy has undertaken a range of suicide prevention training, speaks at various forums and is a member of the Ballarat Suicide Prevention Network. She also is an active participant in suicide prevention activities and training and communicates these across various forums in the broader community.
Volunteer, Donate or Sponsor SOS
We are always looking for volunteers, donors and sponsors to help us deliver bereavement support services to those who have lost a loved one to suicide - as well as promoting suicide discussion and prevention.