Losing someone to suicide has been liked to a bomb going off in someone’s life, where people are left to pick up the pieces and build a new normality. Suicide bereavement is incredibly difficult to make sense of; everyone grieves differently and there can be added strain if you are concerned about others around you. Our service can provide a package 4 psycho-educational individual peer support sessions, focusing on a range of topic such as, coping with grief, flashbacks, reoccuring images, sleep patterns and anxiety. Sessions allow you time to talk about the myriad of emotions you may be experiencing in a safe environment
These sessions can also provide assistance with practical aspects after a loss such as financial, housing, advocacy, support at inquest, accompanying you to GP appointments etc.
For more information contact us or see the FAQ below.
How many sessions can I have?
You can have up to 4 sessions when you first contact us and another 4 sessions at the point of the Inquest as we know this can be a stressful time when you might need more support.
Can I choose when and where they are?
All our workers are part time and will discuss with you when a convenient time can be arranged. The majority of support sessions are either held at Dial House in East Leeds or at a Leeds city centre location. Please contact us to discuss you needs.
Are they counselling sessions?
The sessions differ from counselling sessions as they also include practical advice and signposting. Also you do not need to have set regular sessions; they can be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and so on depending on your need. If counselling is something you wish to engage with please see our counselling section in Our Support.
What do we talk about?
During sessions you can talk about any aspect of you circumstances, which have been impacted by your suicide bereavement.
Do I need to live in Leeds?
Yes, for individual support you must live in a postcode paying council tax to Leeds City Council.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions are usually an hour long.
Can I arrive late?
Workers are very busy and will try to see you if you arrive late.
Who will I see?
You will usually see our individual worker; all of our staff are peers and have been bereaved by suicide.
Can I use different types of support at the same time?
Yes, you can use support from across the service. So could attend a peer group and an individual session at the same time.