Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service is hosted by Leeds Survivor Led Crisis service and Leeds Mind. We have two part time members of staff and a number of wonderful volunteers who offer their free time to support their peers.
Lou, originally from Lincoln, developed an interest in bereavement after losing her dad to suicide when she was 6. Lou completed a BA (Hons) in Counselling Studies, for which she gained a First Class degree, followed by an MA in Counselling at St John University. She also trained to be a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care. Before working at LSBS she worked supporting homeless people at a YMCA hostel and as a support worker on an acute mental health ward. Lou moved to Leeds to work at LSBS, lives on a fabulous narrow boat and loves the city.
Laura attended Leeds Metropolitan University and gained a First Class degree in Health and Community Care. She has a PGCert in Systemic Practice from the University of Leeds and alongside work is a Trainee Family Therapist. Laura wrote a paper for the final year of her degree, titled ‘Best Practice Postvention’ and has had a passion for postvention and bereavement care since losing her mum to suicide. Before working at LSBS, Laura worked for St Gemma’s Hospice and was part of the teams which completed service evaluations for Women’s Health and Counselling and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Centre.
Surinder has been involved in LSBS since the group was volunteer led in 2013, she has progressed from group member, volunteer and now leads in our group work. Surinder lost her dad to suicide in 2008 and has previous experience in community work and early years.