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Suicide Bereavement Support

There are a number of organisations which may be able to offer you support if you have been touched personally by suicide, which are listed here.

For information on general bereavement services, please see the 'Bereavement' section on our Resources page.

HELPFUL RESOURCES  

General information is available from GOV.UK regarding what to do after a death. 

Help Is At Hand is an NHS resource for people bereaved by suicide or apparent suicide. Help Is At Hand has also been produced by Public Health Wales and is available in English and Welsh versions. 

The Coroners' Courts Support Service can offer practical and emotional support before and during a Coroners Inquest

Guide To Coroner Services (England & Wales) This booklet is for you if someone close to you has died and their death has been reported to the coroner. The law states that certain types of deaths have to be notified to a coroner. Many people find it helpful to have information in a written format as well as being given information face to face or over the phone. You may also find this information helpful if you are called as a witness at an inquest or are interested in the coronial process. This booklet is issued under section 42 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. It is guidance and does not cover every possible situation that may arise. Please be aware that in most legal situations a person who has died is referred to as the deceased. This convention has been used in this booklet. Coroners and their staff understand that the person who has died was a unique individual. (Welsh version)

Coroner Investigations (A Short guide) / Welsh Version  

THE SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PARTNERSHIP

PAPYRUS is part of the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership.

Vision

Everyone bereaved or affected by suicide should be offered and receive timely and appropriate support.

Mission Statement

The Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership (SBSP) is the hub for those organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people, who have been bereaved by suicide.

“We believe that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide, of whatever age, should always be offered and receive timely and appropriate support and be able easily to access a choice of appropriate local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the death on their lives.”

All SBSP members are committed to making this a reality.

Aims

The members of SBSP aim to work collaboratively to:

  • ensure all those bereaved or affected by suicide are offered and receive timely and appropriate support
  • increase access to information about services and resources that are available
  • improve the range and quality of bereavement support after a death by suicide
  • reduce the incidence of suicide or attempted suicide in those who have been bereaved by suicide.

SBSP aims to achieve these aims through:

  • advocating for all those bereaved by suicide by influencing policy, increasing public understanding, striving to include bereavement by suicide in all bereavement pathways
  • signposting families, professionals and the public to appropriate sources of high quality bereavement support by developing mechanisms (website; online directories; email/text message; bereavement care pathways) for fast, simple access
  • supporting each other and other professionals to find and share the knowledge and resources they need to deliver high quality, accessible care to those bereaved by suicide by: sharing knowledge of members’ services; national and regional meetings; newsletters
  • researching the impact of bereavement through suicide; working with researchers to develop an understanding of the incidence and the effects of bereavement by suicide; evaluating the outcomes of programmes of support for those bereaved through suicide; and developing care service standards for those bereaved by suicide
  • generating new ideas and approaches to improving care for those bereaved by suicide.

 

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Suicide is the biggest killer of young people - male and female - under 35 in the UK. Many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

We are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. We draw from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our work. We need more people who share our aims to join us to strengthen our voice - together we can save young lives.

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