Calling for Helpline Volunteers

Can you join us to help others by volunteering for the National Helpline?

The Helpline offers an invaluable service to adults, often to newly bereaved people, affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide.  The Helpline may be the first contact for emotional support after their tragedy.  Callers can share their feelings with someone who really understands, who has lost a loved one to suicide and who will listen.

If you feel you can offer your services and have been bereaved for at least 3 years, then please follow the link for more information  Helpline Volunteers and  Calling for Helpline Volunteers

Volunteer Recruitment Appeal

A Group Leader and 2 Volunteers needed to run our SoBS Bradford group

Our Bradford group will unfortunately be closing in December.  Can you help?

  • Have you been bereaved by suicide for 3 years or more?
  • Do you have good inter-personal skills in order to lead a group, encourage and sustain discussion?
  • Be open and accepting to people of other cultures, beliefs and sexual orientation?
  • Are you confident in handling people in distress?
  • Are you caring and supportive?
  • Do you have good, independent judgement of situations?
  • Do you have the ability in working effectively as a member of a team?
  • Would you be willing to undergo training to develop skills?
  • Have you received help and want to ‘give back’?

To be a Group Leader Volunteer and start a group requires commitment and dedication in the interests of the individual and also the clients who attend the meeting.

Due to the sensitive nature of our charity we require all volunteers to complete an application form in line with our policies and procedures.

For further details please follow link https://uksobs.org/help-us/support-group-volunteers/

If you wish to discuss any further details, then please do not hesitate to contact the National Office on:

Tele:  01159 441 117

Email: admin@uksobs.org

Request to Complete National Suicide Bereavement Survey

Dr. Sharon McDonnell is bereaved by suicide and is a volunteer at the Greater Manchester SoBS group. She also specialises in suicide bereavement research. She is currently leading a research project, which aims to identify the experiences and needs of those bereaved by suicide. This study is being conducted by the University of Manchester in collaboration with The Support After Suicide Partnership (which includes 35 organisations that focus on suicide bereavement).

Sharon and her team have developed a suicide bereavement survey. It has been designed for anyone bereaved by suicide who is aged 18 years and older. It is a 12 month study (Sept 2017 – Aug 2018). Already there has been a lot of interest in this research. For example, it has been referred to in the House of Commons and a request has been made for a debate on suicide bereavement.

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/d9ac6d17-0222-4489-99c7-862d43f1c20b?in=11:40:06&out=11:41:00

To date, 2615 people have completed the survey. Sharon and her team would like to recruit 10,000 people by the end of August 2018. This is the reason why she is asking for our help. Please will you consider completing the national suicide bereavement survey if you feel able. The link to the information sheet and survey are provided in the following link:

http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/cmhs/research/Impactofsuicide

Thank you for considering our request.

Matthew’s Song by Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell has written a song in memory of his brother Matthew

Andrew has decided that he will match the total donations himself up to the first £1000. All donations will be split between two charities: SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

For more information please follow the link which gives an option to listen to the song.

https://www.memoriesofmatt.co.uk/matthews-song

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-russell30

Are Some Suicides Connected To Gambling?

We are members of the Sheffield SoBS group. Our son Jack took his own life on November 22 because he was addicted to gambling. He was just 24. We have set up a charity called You Don’t Know Jack in order to understand more about gambling related harm, particularly suicide, and to campaign for better understanding of the effects of gambling.

We would very much like to be in contact with anyone who has been affected by suicide connected to gambling. We would like to be able to provide mutual support, to develop a greater understanding of the issues associated with this kind of suicide and to try to see what lessons there might be.

If anyone would like to contact us we can be reached on the following email or telephone number:

lizk.therapy@blueyonder.co.uk  0114 255 4013.

Many thanks

Liz and Charles Ritchie

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