Suicide Bereavement Support Service

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic we at Buckinghamshire Mind are closely following the Government’s guidelines on health and safety measures regarding social distancing. As such we have made important changes to our services to ensure the safety of our service users, volunteers and staff. To ensure the safety of all, we have removed the aspects of this (these) service (s) that involves face to face groups and/or 121 meetings. We will continue to create and develop innovative ways of delivering remote mental wellbeing support that focuses on tackling social isolation and promoting positive emotional wellbeing.

As such, we are still running this (these) service (s) remotely, including (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • daily phone/email/text support
  • online activities and support groups
  • live groups via various digital platforms
  • postal care packages- including motivational ideas, group activities and peer communication
  • practical support, such as shopping and liaising with external services

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

Bereavement is a painful experience, but when you lose someone to suicide or suspected suicide it can be especially traumatic for family, friends, colleagues and the wider community. The added complexity of losing someone to suicide can leave those bereaved with unanswered questions, complex and confusing emotions whilst having to take responsibility for practical matters that may need to be carried out following the loss.

Who will this service support?

Our service will support adults, children/young people and families who have lost someone to suicide or suspected suicide. We can help anyone who currently lives in Buckinghamshire (excluding Milton Keynes) regardless of when and where the death took place.

How We work

We understand that everyone’s experience of loss is different, and the support required will be different for each person or family. Our support will be flexible to meet your changing needs. We can support you as an individual, on a one to one basis or as a family/group. We can make home visits; we can meet at our offices or a coffee shop if you prefer. We can also provide support online, via video link or phone.

How we can help:

Buckinghamshire Mind’s suicide bereavement service is here to listen, support you emotionally and with any practical issues that may follow a death by suicide or suspected suicide:

  • We will provide emotional support and a safe, non-judgemental space to talk through feelings and experiences.
  • Practical advice and advocacy.
  • Guidance on official processes.
  • Liaise with police, coroner, employers, schools, colleges and other agencies.
  • Help deal with media coverage that can sometimes occur.
  • Go with you to meetings.

How to access this service?

You can self refer, or someone can make a referral on your behalf if you have consented to this, such as Police, GP or other support services/agencies.

For more information or to make a referral please call the office on 01494 463364. We will complete a referral form, and this will be sent to our suicide bereavement liaison worker, who will contact you by your preferred method. Alternately you can complete the referral form below and email this directly to us.

Referral Form