Angela Samata named Merseyside Woman of the Year 2015

Angela Samata woman of the year.

Angela Samata, Merseyside Woman of the Year 2015

Angela Samata was given the award during a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Former Walker Art Gallery employee Angela, who recently presented BBC documentary Life After Suicide, lost her partner Mark 11 years ago when he took his own life.

She went on to lead the Liverpool group of SoBS, an organisation that now helps more than 7,000 people through 50 support groups across the country, and was its chair for four years.

Angela also jointly won the Women of Courage category at the awards ceremony, attended by more than 450 people.

Well done Angela.


Helpline Volunteers needed

Have you been bereaved by suicide for 2 years or more?

Can you support others who have lost someone to suicide by volunteering for our Helpline?

If so, providing you have a landline, this type of support can be given from your own home. If you can give a 4 hour slot of your time any day of the week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., please contact us on 0115 944 1117 or download our Helpline Volunteer Application form

Find out more by going to our Answering the Helpline page.

Our helpline number has changed

Please note that our Helpline number has changed to….

0300 111 5065

If you have the number in your telephone contacts, or written in a handy place, please remember to update it.

New ‘Guide to Coroner Services’ launched

Bereaved loved ones will be put at the heart of the coroner system, Justice Minister Simon Hughes said today as he launched a new guide for people who have to become involved with inquests.

The new ‘Guide to Coroner Services’ explains simply to bereaved people how the inquest process works, what they should expect to experience, what standards of service they should receive from those involved, how to find help and what to do if they were not satisfied by the service.

The guide is the latest stage of Government’s drive to modernise the coroner system and make sure that bereaved families can receive the same standards of service from all 96 coroners in England and Wales, bringing an end to past inconsistencies. It follows the introduction last year of new national standards and the appointment of the first ever Chief Coroner, Judge Peter Thornton QC, to oversee the new system and drive improvement.

Copies of the guide are available here

We have a new website!

Our new website is designed to help people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide, and those who are supporting them.

We have increased the amount of information on the site and have included a section for people working with people who have been bereaved.

We’d love to have your feedback about the new site.