A new service which is the first of its kind in England is offering help to people affected by suicide.
Backed by Leeds Council, Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service (LSBS) will be delivered by charities Leeds Mind, Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service and supported by Leeds Bereavement Forum.
Fiona Venner, director of mental health charity Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, said: “LSBS is provided by people bereaved by suicide, for people bereaved by suicide. We know a suicide isn’t like any other death and is an individual tragedy for the person who felt they had no other option. For the friends and family who loved them there is now specialist support available that can make a real difference and both support people bereaved by suicide and help those considering suicide. I want people to know there is help out there and things you can do if you need help yourself or you know someone else who does.”
Leeds Council says it has made support for people bereaved by suicide a priority area as part of a strategy to prevent suicide.
Support will include outreach work and ‘postvention’ - intervention conducted after a suicide, largely taking the form of support for the bereaved, who may be at increased risk of suicide themselves.
LSBS will run drop in and peer support groups in Leeds.
The postvention service will include measures such as contacting families post bereavement. The first drop in session will be held at Strawberry Lane Community Centre from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday.