Suicide bereavement support

Suicide bereavement support

Help with bereavement

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 further down this page.


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.

Coroner Investigations (A Short guide)


PAPYRUS is part of the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership.


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.


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.

Organisations that can help

See also the Support After Suicide Partnership website, which offers a range of information for people who have been affected by a suicide. It highlights which services can offer support to people who have been bereaved by suicide as well as advice around some of the practical issues that arise.


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Support, information, help by email, support groups and a national helpline: 0300 111 5065, 9am-9pm Monday-Friday.

The Compassionate Friends Support for all families bereaved after the death of a child or children: 0345 123 2304, open 10am-4pm, 7pm-10pm daily.

If U Care Share Foundation Support for families affected by suicide. Based in Co Durham. Phone: 0191 387 5661

Cruse Bereavement Care Help for anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss, with free and confidential support. Helpline: 0808 808 1677, open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm, Weekends 10am – 2pm.

Widowed and Young (WAY) Social and support network for widowed men and women under 50.

Childhood Bereavement Network Database of information about sources of support for bereaved children.

Child bereavement UK Support and advice for bereaved families. Helpline 0800 02 888 40, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Grief Encounter Mission: every bereaved child and their family in the UK get the best possible help, recognition and understanding following their loss. Monday-Friday 9 am-9pm Helpline: 0808 802 0111

Winston’s Wish Practical support for bereaved children, young people and their families, publications. Helpline: 08088 020 021, open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.



British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Find a professionally qualified counsellor in your local area. Go to the ‘Find a therapist’ page. Phone 01455 883316

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) A charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. National Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – midnight)

Depression Alliance Information and support service for people affected by depression.

INQUEST Advice to bereaved families facing an inquest.

Maytree Respite Centre Short-term free accommodation and befriending for the suicidal in a confidential and supportive environment. Telephone: 020 7263 7070

Mind Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health problem. Infoline: 0300 123 3393 

Parent Lifeline Emotional support and advice to parents under stress of any kind. Helpline: 0114 272 6575, open 9am – 1pm, 7pm – 11pm, daily.

Rethink Mental Illness Rethink Advice and Information Service.Telephone: 0808 801 0525 (9:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday except bank holidays)

Samaritans Confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Helpline: 116 123 , 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Saneline Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to anybody affected by mental health problems.

Shout a free, confidential, 24/7 text support line in the UK, offering texters immediate support with issues such as suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse, self-harm, relationship problems and bullying. Text: 85258

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