Bereaved By Suicide?
For those bereaved by suicide there are organisations such as SOBS (Survivors Of Bereavement by Suicide) who 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. If you want to find out about others’ experiences but don’t wish to register for an online forum Alliance of Hope website hosts a moderated Support Forum where you can search by key word and read posts without having to sign up. Questions can be asked of the forum after signing up and agreeing to the guidelines.
General support, for example from the Samaritans, may be able to help but if you feel you are struggling and 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.
Specialist support for children bereaved by suicide is provided by Winston’s Wish.
If you are worried about your own mental health or are struggling to cope your GP may also be able to help.