Being bereaved by suicide can be traumatic. However well-meaning those around you are, it can sometimes feel like they just don’t get it. Some of the following may help you to cope with how you are feeling:
SOBS (Survivors Of Bereavement by Suicide) offer telephone or email support and have a number of support groups nationwide. Their website has some useful links and the option to sign up to a self help online forum.
Support After Suicide offers practical guidance on coping in the immediate aftermath, explains how suicide affects those bereaved and others, and how you may help. It also provides specific information for schools and parents.
Samaritans offer general support if you feel you are struggling.
Specialist bereavement counselling. If you need to talk to someone in person it may be worth looking for charities delivering specialist bereavement counselling in your area. They are likely to be under significant demand so expect a waiting list. In Sheffield, CRUSE are excellent.
Winston’s Wish provide specialist support for children bereaved by suicide
Your GP. If you are worried about your own mental health or are struggling to cope your GP may also be able to help.
Alliance of Hope website hosts a moderated Support Forum if you want to find out about others’ experiences. You can search by key word and read posts without having to sign up. Questions can be asked of the forum only after signing up and agreeing to the guidelines.
SToRMS does not offer formal bereavement support but if you live in South Yorkshire, and need support not offered (or available) from the services above please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help or put you in contact with someone who can.