Support After Suicide
Losing someone to suicide is not something any of us expect or are prepared for. Being bereaved by suicide can be very difficult and many may struggle to cope. We want to ensure that all those who find themselves bereaved by suicide in Cheshire & Merseyside can get the support they need.
For Support after Suicide resources, click here.
Help is at Hand
It can be difficult to know where to start. The Help is at Hand booklet provides a resource for people bereaved through suicide or other unexplained death, and for those helping them.
First Hand is for anyone affected by witnessing a suicide, when they did not know the person who has died. This may be because you happened to be at a particular location, or because your job involves responding to these incidents.
Finding the Words
Many of us struggle to talk about death or feel awkward around someone who has been bereaved. Even those closest to us. We worry about saying the wrong thing, about making things worse. When someone dies by suicide, those affected and bereaved have significantly less chance of receiving support from friends and family.
AMPARO is a seven-days a week service providing practical & emotional support to those of any age bereaved by suicide, working with individuals and communities up to and beyond coronial inquest.
The service is commissioned by the NO MORE Suicide Partnership to ensure that accessible information and timely support is available to all those bereaved or exposed to a (suspected) suicide in Cheshire & Merseyside. People are contacted within 24 hours of referral.
Referrals can be made by anyone via the phone number or online form. AMPARO works with, and encourages referrals from, emergency support services, coroners, the NHS or other local support agencies, as well as self- referrals.
Support is offered for as long as it’s required, up to and beyond an inquest. This can include helping with a range of practical matters such as: dealing with the police and coroners; helping with media enquiries; preparing for and attending an inquest and helping to access other, appropriate, local support services.
HOPELINE UK is a confidential support and advice service for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. You can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 10:00pm | Weekends 2:00pm to 10:00pm | Bank Holidays 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Peer Support Groups provide a confidential space for those bereaved to share feelings, experiences and give support to each other. These groups are mainly run by volunteers who have themselves been bereaved by suicide.
Here are the current groups in Cheshire & Merseyside:
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
This is a national self-help organisation which offers confidential support to adults (i.e. people over 18) who have been bereaved by suicide. Support is provided by volunteers through the helpline, by email and through local groups.
The helpline is open 9.00am – 9.00pm Monday to Friday; call 0300 111 5065
Local Cheshire & Merseyside SOBS Groups currently run in Liverpool, St Helens, Chester and Crewe
Compassionate Friends Helpline
Compassionate Friends UK is a peer support group operating in the United Kingdom. It is a registered charity formed by and for parents whose children have died, irrespective of the child’s age at death and the cause of death, and is independent of any religious, philosophical or government body.
Call the helpline on 0345 123 2304
Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy (CAC)
Call: 07967 559 594
Email: [email protected]
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Hospice of the Good Shepherd
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The NO MORE Suicide Partnership also works with Wirral Mind to co-ordinate the Lived Experience Network.
Support After Suicide Partnership
All of the organisations within the partnership work towards the vision that ‘everyone bereaved or affected by suicide should be offered and receive timely and appropriate support’.
This video tells the story of a local bereaved mother and the support she received from Amparo.