Losing someone by suicide is often unlike other bereavements. 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, including this useful guide on how to support someone bereaved by suicide. The website also provides specific information for schools and parents.
- Samaritans offer general support if you feel you are struggling.
- Amparo is available in some areas and supports anyone who has been affected by a suicide. It provides one to one individual advice, help with media enquiries, support and guidance up to and including the inquest and signposting to further services.
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.
Children and Young People Bereaved by suicide
- Winston’s Wish provide specialist support for children bereaved by suicide. Their website also has guidance for schools on how to support bereaved pupils.
- Child Bereavement UK also offer support, and links to the “Grief: Support for Young People” app available on Google Play and Apple store.
- Remember to talk to your child’s teacher about what has happened and any concerns about their wellbeing.
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 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.