Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service (LSBS) is funded by Leeds City Council (Public Health)
for three years as a pilot. The project is delivered by Leeds Mind and Leeds Survivor Led
Crisis Service and provides services to people bereaved by suicide, through individual and
group work support.
Those bereaved by suicide are a target group for support and intervention in the Coalition
Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy (2012). This is because people bereaved by
suicide are at much higher risk of ending their own life than the general population.
Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service is part of an international movement of ‘postvention’
support to people bereaved by suicide. Postvention seeks to provide proactive and timely
support to people in the immediate aftermath of a suicide. This is well evidenced in
reducing the life time risk of suicide. Postvention also addresses the isolation often felt by
survivors of suicide bereavement and challenges the stigma associated with a death by
Leeds has historically had a leading role, nationally, in supporting people bereaved by
suicide. Most notably activist Mike Bush ran the Loss Group in Leeds for many years,
supporting survivors, and has been a national voice championing the needs of people
bereaved by suicide and contributing to the all parliamentary group on suicide prevention.
Leeds has had a Suicide Prevention Strategy Group since 2003, who developed the
proposal for a service specifically to support people bereaved by suicide.
In December 2015, a tender for the service was put out and awarded to Leeds Mind and
Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service working in partnership to deliver the service. Laura Pattison
was employed by Leeds Mind as Group Work Support Worker. Lou Pritchard was employed
by Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service as Individual Support Worker. The project is overseen by
a steering group comprising senior managers from Mind and LSLCS, commissioners, Leeds
Bereavement Forum and members of the Leeds Suicide Prevention Steering Group.
The service began in July 2015, formally launching on World Suicide Prevention Day, in
This report outlines activity, achievements and learning from the service in its first year.
You can download the Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service Evaluation Guide by clicking here.