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Suicide bereavement service launches in Bucks

Residents can seek emotional and practical support from Bucks Mind

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:31am 12th June 2020. 2-minute read.

Suicide bereavement service launches in Bucks

A new suicide bereavement service has launched in Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire Mind has launched a new service to support those affected by suicide bereavement. 

Residents of Bucks will be able to contact the service whether they have been affected recently or years ago. 

Chloe is a Suicide Bereavement Support Worker for the mental health charity:

"It's not just immediate friends and family that are affected by suicide, its the wider community.

"It's very unique in how shocking and traumatic it is for the people left behind, and how difficult it is to talk about. 

"I think back in the day it was something that was very much kept under wraps, through fear of shame or guilt or embarrassment. Or people think the person who ended their life was weak.

"Those are some common misconceptions that are starting to fade away."

The free service will provide not only emotional support but practical support too.

Chloe explains:

"This service is unique in that it is a listening service, although we don't offer counselling we can sign post people to that. 

"But, it is about getting involved in the practicality.

"So, liaising with the police, coroners and the police, which can be very upsetting, but following a suspected suicide there will be an investigation.

"There's also liaising with colleagues, friends employers... And then the practicalities of it can come some time after, so arranging funerals can be several months down the line."

Bucks Mind want to highlight this services is not just for people recently bereaved by suicide, it is for anyone who lives in Buckinghamshire who has been affected by it.

Holidays, birthdays and anniversaries are just some of the times that can bring up emotions and memories people may need support dealing with. 

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