Bereaved by Suicide?

Suicide is a unique loss. It has been decsribed as the most difficult and lonely experiences a person can have, being left with an overwhelming jumble of feelings and thoughts.

People may make assumptions that only close family grieve – however many people can be affected. You may be the close friend of the person, a work colleague, or maybe you have been professionally involved in helping before or after the person died.

Grief is as unique as you are, and as individual as a fingerprint. Each person will be affected in his or her own way because everyone is different – even in the same family.

Each had their own relationship with the person who has died, their own experience of other losses and differing levels of support available.

Read on to find out what support is out there.

Helpline Support

SOBS UK – Call 0300 111 5065 – 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday 0300 111 5065


Samaritans – Call 116 123 – There round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Support Guides

Help is at Hand provides people affected by suicide with both practical information and emotional support.

People who have been bereaved by suicide have used their experiences to lead development of this excellent support guide to help others affected by someone taking their own life.

Finding the Words will make you feel more comfortable about reaching out to someone bereaved by suicide.

Few people like to talk about death, and many of us feel awkward around someone who has been bereaved by suicide, even if they’re a good friend or close colleague. We want to help, but worry about saying the wrong thing. Sometimes we can put off contacting them, and before long it may seem too late to say anything at all.

Local Support

Our Local Support Services Guide contains information about organisations provding a variety of support across the County.

SOBS Cumbria – Suicide Bereavement Support Groups across Cumbria

Cruse Bereavement Care – Bereavement support in Cumbria

Child Bereavement UK – Support for children and young people bereaved by suicide

Useful Websites

Support After Suicide – Iinformation and guidance online and details of support services across the UK.

Survivors of Bereavemnt by Suicide – Helpline, information/guidance online and support group network.

Thinking about suicide?

Having thoughts of suicide? Worried about keeping yourself safe? Take action now.

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Worried about someone?

Supporting someone at risk of suicide? Concerned about someones wellbeing?

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Bereaved by suicide?

Information and guidance for people bereaved by suicide and those supporting them.

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