I've been bereaved or affected by suicide

Every suicide has an impact on friends, families and the wider community.

If you've been bereaved or affected by suicide there is help and support available and you don't have to be alone. The impact of bereavement by suicide is long-lasting and many people don't find an opportunity to talk about it until many years after.

It can be very difficult to cope with the feelings and emotions when the death of a loved one is sudden or unexpected. It can leave you having many unanswered questions, feelings of guilt and shock.

There are self-help support groups across the UK, where you can meet with other people who've lost a loved one to suicide. They provide an opportunity for you to listen, share, ask questions and connect with others. You're welcome to attend these groups regardless of how long it has been since you were affected by a loss.

You can find more information on support groups at

  • Facing the future has been developed by Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care to help support people who've been bereaved by suicide. Facing the future runs support groups which give you the opportunity to meet others who've lost someone to suicide and share your experiences and feelings.
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a self-help organisation which exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
  • The Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP) is the UK's national hub for organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide.

If you have been bereaved or affected by suicide help and support is available

  • Help is at Hand (Public Health England and National Suicide Prevention Alliance) provides support for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death in England and Wales
  • After a suicide (Scottish Association for Mental Health) will help you with the practical issues that need to be faced after a suicide, talk about some of the emotions you might be experiencing and suggest some places where you can get help.

Support someone who has been bereaved

To help someone who has been bereaved by suicide it can help to understand the differences about this type of loss as it can make the grieving process longer and harder to come to terms with. Help is also available if your school or college has been affected by suicide.

Support for schools and colleges

The Samaritans guide below will help you prepare for and respond to a suspected suicide in schools and colleges.