There are a number of organisations which offer support to those who have lost someone to suicide:
This is a free resource from the NHS designed for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death available for download.
Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support. It offers information, advice, education and training services. Visit their website for more details.
Daytime help line: 0844 477 9400
Email support: email@example.com
Young Person’s Helpline: freephone 0808 808 1677
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. Their help line is always answered by a bereaved parent who is there to listen and can also put you in touch with a Local Contact and provide information about TCF’s services.
Helpline: 08451 23 23 04 (Every day: 10.00 – 16.00 and 19.00 – 22.00)
Email (information and support): firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as providing a general helpline, the Samaritans have groups in some areas for people who have been bereaved by suicide. Email, telephone (08457 90 90 90 ) or write to them:
PO Box 90 90,
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide provides emotional and practical support to those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. The aim is to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. It is a self-help organisation and many of those helping have, themselves, been bereaved by suicide.
Call the National Helpline: 0844 561 6855 (Available 9am – 9pm every day)
Email email@example.com after the death of a child or children.
Finding the Words is a new booklet which suggest ways family, friends and colleagues can offer support to someone who has been bereaved by suicide. It has been written by Dr Alexandra Pitman, based on her research findings, and a writer with personal experience, Maxine Roper; the editor is Amy Meadows. It includes sections on why suicide is a unique loss, the fact that everyone grieves differently, things to avoid and finding help.
You can download Finding the Words free of charge here.
The INQUEST Handbook is a resource for families and friends dealing with the aftermath of a sudden bereavement.
You access the handbook online here.