About the Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service
A death is often distressing. When that death is sudden, it can be devastating. For those of us who have not experienced it, the effect of someone close to us taking their own life is unimaginably shocking and painful. Grief in these circumstances is complex, often bewildering and protracted. Many people find themselves unable to talk about the death, or even refer to their loved one. They may even find themselves shunned by friends and families.
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service is here for anyone bereaved by suicide in Somerset. We offer emotional support as well as guidance through the trauma of sorting out personal affairs. The service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Fully trained members of staff advise on matters such as liaising with the Police, Coroner’s office and faith groups. Most importantly, we are here to listen at a time of great stress and anguish. We provide telephone and face-to-face support, and host a peer support group for anyone bereaved by suicide, however recently or long ago. Our peer support group, is a safe place where people can share their stories and feelings and derive some comfort from spending time with those who have similar experiences. We also provide support and training to schools affected by the loss by suicide of a student or pupil.
Anyone in Somerset who is recently bereaved by suicide can phone or email us directly or, with their permission, anyone can make referrals to the service on their behalf.
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service Offers:
Face-to-face bereavement support
Monthly peer support groups
Monthly Surgery sessions
Information and guidance on practical matters
Help to schools and colleges dealing with a suicide
- Help and guidance for professionals who are dealing with a suicide
Referral and signposting to other agencies