Help in Northants for those bereaved by suicide

A series of support groups is available locally for those who have been bereaved by suicide.

Some are targeted for specific groups, such as men only, parents or the newly bereaved, while others are open to anyone who needs help and support.

The groups are facilitated by professionals from local charity We Mind and Kelly Matters. Sessions take place in Wellingborough, Kettering, Northampton, Oundle and Moulton, as well as online.

We Mind and Kelly Matters said:

'Bereavement after a suicide can often be very complicated. In addition to grief, people bereaved by suicide can experience shock, guilt, anger, and social isolation. Because the death may have been sudden or unanticipated, it can be particularly traumatic and painful for those who were close to the person. 

'As well as the combination of emotions, you may find yourself preoccupied with finding an explanation why the person chose to end their life. Unfortunately, it is often true that you may never really know what was going through the person’s head at that time and may be left without an explanation. This can make grief more complex and draining. The search for an explanation of the suicide can often bring up thoughts and questions about your relationship with the person and can even amplify your loss.

'If you have been bereaved by suicide and want to find a safe space to speak to someone about your grief, why not join one of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - SOBS groups within Northamptonshire. SoBS offers support for those bereaved or affected by suicide. Each group is run by trained volunteers who have been bereaved by suicide themselves.'

For more information or to book a session please contact We Mind & Kelly Matters.

Published: Jan 24, 2023

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