Hope after Suicide Loss
This is a website designed by survivors for survivors and is led by Suzy Clifford who was formerly Suffolk SoBS County Facilitator.
Hope after Suicide Loss (HOPE) exists to meet the complex and very precise needs of suicide bereavement. We believe it is inappropriate for suicide loss to remain under the care of general bereavement.
A clear distinction needs to be made between the support offered for suicide loss that is recognised as a psychological trauma and support given to an uncomplicated grief.
HOPE would never claim survivors have a monopoly on pain during grief. However, suicide bereavement is different from all other grief and that difference hinges on the fact suicide remains the only death where a person has died by their own hand.
This painful truth has the potential to haunt and torment survivors profoundly affected by suicide for many years after the event.
We offer talking therapy with no time limits imposed to overcome the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide who are 18 years and over.
We are a peer-led organisation and all group meetings are facilitated by a survivor who was once profoundly affected by suicide and can now bring HOPE to those still in shock and traumatised. Likewise, all one to one support is delivered by individuals, living in Suffolk or Norfolk, who have gone through and experienced the unique challenges of suicide loss.
All individuals delivering support for HOPE are required to:
- Have been a survivor (profoundly) affected by suicide loss who can now bring hope to others
- Have Enhanced DBS clearance
- Attend monthly supervision
- Attend regular workshops
- Have a minimum of CPCAB Level 2 counselling skills training (or be working towards the qualification)