Bereavement by suicide

Losing someone you care about to suicide is devastating and can make you feel a range of emotions, in addition to the normal grieving process. Some of the feelings may come as a surprise or shock to you. It is important to know that this is normal and you are not alone in experiencing these feelings.
Suicide has far-reaching effects among friends, family, colleagues, and the wider community. Those bereaved by a suicide are at increased risk of mental health and emotional problems and may be at higher risk of suicide themselves. So receiving the right support is essential.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, the following information will provide you and your family with additional resources and support:

  • Rethink Mental Illness have reviewed what support is available when someone you know has taken their own life
  • Help is at Hand is a guide for people affected by suicide, with both practical and emotional support
  • Support after Suicide Partnership provides resources for those bereaved by suicide and signposting to local support groups and organisations 

If you are feeling suicidal or in crisis you can visit our crisis page or call our 24 hour mental health crisis line on 0800 731 2864.

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