If you’ve been affected by the death of someone who took their own life, help is now available in Worcestershire.
A new suicide bereavement service is offering free and confidential support to anybody in the county.
Practical and emotional support is available just one call or email away. The service’s caseworker will also be able to help you with dealing with phone calls, letters, or even making funeral arrangements, which includes dealing with police, coroner and media involvement.
The service is free, confidential, and available to residents of Worcestershire of any age.
The service is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and 5pm. Simply call the local number 01905 947933 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of hours, support is available 24hrs, 365 days a year from the national Support line on 08 08 16 89 111.
Once you’ve got in touch, the service’s caseworker will be able to tailor support to meet your needs. This could be signposting and information, a call back or a visit to you at home or somewhere else you feel comfortable. All their help is free and confidential.
Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: "Every type of grief has the potential to cause intense feelings, but we know that people bereaved by suicide can have a particularly complex set of feelings and can experience additional struggles and dilemmas in trying to resolve their grief.
“This service can help you navigate this particularly difficult time. No matter when you were bereaved, please know that this new service is here for you."
As well as supporting residents who have lost a loved one or someone they knew, the service is designed to support any resident impacted by or exposed to suicide, including emergency service workers.
Additional information and support can be found on the Bereaved by Suicide Support pages of the Victim Support website.
Further emotional and practical support around suicide bereavement can be found online via the Support After Suicide website.