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Support for those who have been bereaved or affected by suicide

People who have been bereaved by suicide have used their experiences to lead the revision of a support guide to help others affected by someone taking their own life. Help is at Hand guide provides people affected by suicide with both emotional and practical support: Help is at hand (Support After Suicide Partnership website)

Worcestershire’s Suicide Bereavement Support Service

The new Worcestershire Suicide Bereavement Support service aims to ease the distress and improve the wellbeing of those who have been bereaved, or affected, by suicide. It provides emotional support, practical help and signposting to other organisations. The service is free, confidential and available to residents of Worcestershire, of any age.

Contact: Gill Stanton, Suicide Liaison Worker
Email: worcs.bbs@victimsupport.org.uk
Telephone:
01905 947933

St Richard’s Hospice

St Richard’s Bereavement service offers confidential support for anyone (adults or children) who have experienced the death of a close relative or friend through suicide.

Geography covered: anyone registered with a South Worcestershire GP including Droitwich, Evesham, Malvern and Worcester City.
Referrals: Referrals into the service can be made by the bereaved individual(s), their GP, other health professionals and additionally (in the case of individuals under the age of 18) by a parent or guardian or adult family member.
St Richard’s also hosts 2 suicide bereavement groups: RAFFT (Relatives and Friends through Trauma) and The Inside Out Group (for children bereaved by suicide). Please contact St Richard’s to find out more.

Website: St Richard’s Hospice Bereavement Service
Telephone: 01905 763963

North Worcestershire Bereavement Support

NW Bereavement Support have counsellors who are there to listen to your thoughts and feelings about your loss through suicide.  They will not judge you or try to tell you what to do.  This service is for adults (18+)

Geography covered: Wyre Forest
Referrals: NW Bereavement Support encourage that people contact them directly, however they do also accept referrals from professionals such as social prescribers.
Website: North Worcestershire Bereavement Support
Telephone: 07305 238223

Footsteps

Footsteps is a registered charity providing free bespoke support for bereaved children, young people (aged 5 to 21) and their families in Worcestershire following the death of a parent, sibling or other significant person in their life. They guide and support bereaved children and young people and help them manage their grief.

Geography covered: South Worcestershire, including Tenbury, Evesham, Droitwich and Malvern. Often travel to schools and colleges to provide support on site.
Referrals: Receive referrals through schools, headteachers, Worcestershire Children’s First, GPs.  Also take referrals direct from family members and young people themselves.
Website: Footsetps
Tel:
0845 4676065
Footsteps online contact form

Primrose Hospice

The Family Support Team can offer support to adults, young people and children bereaved by suicide through their team of trained volunteer family workers and counsellors.

Geography covered: Redditch and Bromsgrove (the catchment area is determined via GP surgeries).
Referrals: People can refer themselves directly. They also accept GP referrals. Primrose Hospice Bereavement Support Referral Process.
Website: Primrose Hospice Bereavement Support
Telephone:
01527 889799 (ask to speak to the Family Support Team Leader)

KEMP Hospice

Provide free support to anyone living in the Wyre Forest who is facing or has experienced a suicide bereavement or loss in the last 5 years. Their services are available to children from the age of 5, young people and adults. They can see you at the hospice, in school and in some cases can come to your home. 

Geography covered: Wyre Forest
Referrals: Anyone who lives within / is registered with a GP in the Wyre Forest and who has experienced a bereavement within the past 5 years can make a referral to the bereavement service.
Website: KEMP Hospice Family Support
Telephone: 01562 756000 (main) / 01562 756060 (bereavement helpline)
KEMP Hospice referral enquiry form

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide logoBromsgrove Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Group

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a national peer support organisation to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. 

The Bromsgrove Group was started by sisters Karen and Sarah in July 2007. There are 2 Bromsgrove meetings that come together monthly – one face to face and one virtual.

Geography covered: Bromsgrove
Referrals: Adults should contact Karen directly to request to join the group
Website: SOBS Support Group Bromsgrove
Email:
bromsgrove@uksobs.org
Telephone: 07538 960328
(ask for Karen)

Touchstones

Touchstones is a small, local charity with a simple aim – to be there for any bereaved child and young person (aged 5 to early 20s) in North East Worcestershire. This includes bereavement by suicide.  Additionally, Touchstones advises families and schools on how to support children and young people through bereavement, including pre-school children who are best supported by their own family.

Geography covered: North East Worcestershire – including Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wythall, Rubery, Hagley. 
Referrals: Anyone (young person, professionals or families) can refer to this service,
Website: Touchstones
Telephone: 07547 367267
 (ask for Vicki Quarton)
Email: info@touchstones-support.org.uk

Worcestershire Cruse

Cruse offer a range of national bereavement services: Worcestershire Cruser Get Support

Worcestershire Cruse also provide emotional support for children, young people and adults bereaved by suicide and will signpost on where appropriate.

Geography covered: Worcestershire
Referrals: Worcestershire Cruse accept self-referrals only.
Website: Worcestershire Cruse
Telephone:
01905 22223 (callers will need to leave a message and request a call back)
Email: worcestershire@cruse.org.uk

Sandycroft Centre

Situated in Smallwood in Redditch, the Sandycroft Centre offer a wide range of services to support the Redditch community including therapeutic counselling and support to adults and children bereaved by suicide. 

Geography covered: Redditch and Bromsgrove
Referrals: They accept direct referrals as well as professional referrals through GPs, social services and mental health teams. 
Website: Sandycroft Centre
Telephone:
01527 595135

Additional bereavement support services across Worcestershire

See bereavement support