What Hope after Suicide Loss Provides

HOPE is dedicated to providing a standard service to survivors in Suffolk and at some point during 2019 we will launch our first group in Norfolk.

Using feedback from our survivors HOPE is in the unique position to offer this information to first on the scene including the police, fire brigade, coroners office and long term providers like the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. We have become an established service in Suffolk and we are taking that expertise into Norfolk.

The aim is to provide a cost effective and comprehensive support package specifically tailored to meet the needs of suicide loss, to alleviate isolation, reduce secondary suicides and offer a service with no waiting list. In the long term we believe our service will lessen the cost burden to the tax payer.

On a county level we offer:

  • Indefinite and free support, where the expertise most valued is not clinical but based on personal experience
  • Email and telephone support is available 7 days a week
  • Free access to a library of books through our website
  • We remember and mark the anniversary of a person’s death
  • HOPE currently provides support at group meetings at Bury St. Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft
  • On request we signpost survivors
  • Guest speakers are invited to talk about specific challenges, post suicide
  • Survivors are encouraged to network with each other to alleviate isolation
  • We communicate regularly with all our survivors by block email
  • We give presentations to providers and other charities on request
  • We attend an annual service of remembrance dedicated to survivors bereaved by suicide
  • We encourage survivors to co-produce social and fundraising events – please note informal events will not be appropriate for new survivors who are still in shock and traumatised but may offer hope for the future

At group meetings survivors are taught:

  • To identify the differences between suicide bereavement and other grief
  • Encouraged to develop their own coping strategies and reinforce them in times of crisis
  • The importance of keeping themselves safe
  • Explore reasons why they may be stuck in their grief
  • Listening to others can be a yardstick for survivors when assessing their own grief
  • Relieve isolation
  • To bring hope

All individuals delivering support for HOPE are required to:

  • Have been a survivor profoundly affected by suicide loss and can now bring hope
  • Have Enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check
  • Attend monthly supervision
  • Attend regular workshops
  • Have a minimum BACP Level 2 skills training (or be working towards the qualification)