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After a Suicide

Local Support Following a Suicide

Within Bedfordshire, CHUMS offer a Suicide Bereavement Service as an immediate response to families where someone dies by sudden death including suicide; support is offered to both adults and children/young people. Families will be supported by an experienced practitioner through the initial weeks when everything feels so difficult and confusing. This support is not therapeutic but a ‘holding’ hand at a time when things feel really tough. The practitioner may help with practical issues such as talking to school staff or to clubs that the person who has died belonged to or offer support with regards to the inquest. We will refer individuals into our therapeutic services at a time that feels right for the individual. The police or other services may refer you to CHUMS, or you can contact them directly at crisisresponse@chums.uk.com  or contact Caroline Holley, Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement Service Co-ordinator on 01525 863924.

The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service accept self-referrals for anxiety, low mood or depression. They also have bereavement counsellors if you have loss someone by suicide, or been a witness to an incident. Please contact them if you are feeling low, having suicidal thoughts, or been affected by the loss of someone from suicide.

Cruse Bedfordshire offers people in Bedfordshire and Luton bereavement support. The service is free and open to anyone over the age of 18.  Our policy is to treat each bereaved person as an individual with their own needs and to offer the support that is appropriate to them at this particular time in their life. The Cruse Bedfordshire helpline is 0300 200 4108, or email them at support@crusebedfordshire.org.uk

National Support

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. National Helpline 0300 111 5065, open 9am to 9pm every day.

Support After Suicide is a partnership of organisations that provide bereavement support in the UK. They exist to help you find information & support. One of their pages include a list of Support Guides, including “Help is at Hand”.

Winston’s Wish provide support for children, young people and their families following the death of a parent or sibling. Call 08088 020 021 for free advice and support.

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Their helpline can be contacted on 0800 0288840.

School Support following a Suicide: Step by Step is a Samaritans service that provides practical support and guidance to help school and college communities prepare for, and recover from a suspected or attempted suicide. The service is run by a team of trained volunteers, called Postvention Advisors, who can offer practical support, guidance and information on addressing the impact of a suspected or attempted suicide on the school community. The service can be contacted at stepbystep@samaritans.org, or phone 0808 168 2528. Further information can be found in the attached booklet.

If U Care Share is here to listen and support emotional wellbeing in young people and those affected by suicide. They provide emotional & practical support with three aims; prevention, intervention and support after suicide. They can be contacted on 0191 387 5661 or email share@ifucareshare.co.uk

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) offer support after the death of a child of any age, including parents bereaved by a child’s suicide. Support groups exist across the country, including Bedford and Sandy.

The Samaritans are a national charity and can also provide bereavement support. They can be contacted 24 hours a day, for free, on 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org

Mind is a national charity and can also provide advice and support to people who have been affected by suicide. The Mind infoLine is 0300 123 3393. Calls from anywhere in the UK are charged at local call.


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