Effective support after a suicide is key to helping individuals, families and communities to recover. Support may come from a variety of places including the family or community, health or welfare professionals and other organisations. Because we are all individuals, we may all need different forms of support and at different times. Even when family and friends are wonderfully supportive, it can be helpful for survivors to have safe, private space where they can express themselves.
Much of the support available is provided through charity and voluntary organisations like ourselves. We provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. Our services are run by volunteers who have been bereaved by suicide. It is our experience that many people feel unable to share or don’t feel understood until they talk with another person who has also been bereaved by suicide.
We run support groups across the UK, a helpline and an email service (including LGBT support) which are based on the principle of self help and sharing (we do not provide counselling). We also provide information through our publications and this website. Contact our office if you would like some business cards that include our website and helpline details, also for a small fee we can provide bulk supplies of our publication Support After a Suicide.
Our services are only available to 18’s – we recommend people younger than this explore the range of organisations who can support under 18’s.
There is a range of support services available from other organisations that operate nationally and locally including counselling, listening services and crisis support. There is also a range of specialist support available for families, young adults and children.