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 2 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

Call out for Participants

Sophie is a Producer for News UK and is working on a video as part of a Movember campaign with the Sun.

Please see the following request from Sophie.

I’m looking for case studies to feature in a video called “Letters to my Dad”, which we would like to shoot in mid-September.

The pretence of the video will see each person in the video read out a letter to their father, who it will later become clear, has died. Each person is from a different walk of life, but all share the devastating loss.

We would like to find one or two case studies, who have lost their father to suicide, to write a letter to their lost loved one, and read it on camera. The other case studies will have lost their father to testicular and prostate cancer.

Our company is not allowed to directly donate to charities as a form of payment, but we do have budget to pay for participants, who can, of course, do what they wish with the money.

Please let me know if you are able to help with any case studies. I think this is going to be a very moving and important piece.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best

Sophie


Sophie Crockett
Producer
News UK
Tel: 0207 7824634
Mobile: 07815448585

Warning to All Parents

“ Doki Doki also known as Doki Doki Literature Club. Developed in 2017. It does warn it is not suitable for children however the graphics etc are clearly aimed at young people. This is the first game produced by Salvato and has won a number of awards since it was launched in August 2017. It was downloaded over 2 million times in the first 4 months.

In essence the story plot seems to be that a male character joins a literature club and interacts with female members. There are alternative endings depending on choices made during the course of the game. The story plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have. The multiple outcomes follow things such as mental health issues (voices in their head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes such as one of the player’s neck snapping. All of this then links the reader back to an outcome whereby you are made to think the PC has taken over your computer and you have to continue playing. Some outcomes lead you to consider what you could have done to prevent one of the characters deaths. One even shows you messages from the players who have passed away saying “ now you can all be happy I am gone”. This is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature.

This game is free of charge but an upgraded version can be purchased for $10 to unlock extra content.

Prior to our contact the NSPCC Online Safety team had had no calls with regards to this game but they are now alerted to its existence.

As a result they reviewed information from their Childline Counsellor Facts notes since April 2017. Two counselling sessions had made notes with regards to Doki Doki – these were in November 2017 and January 2018. One talked about a friend playing the game. It was noted the game can trigger emotional responses. The other session noted the young person had been playing it and their favourite character had committed suicide – the young person was thinking about ending their life the same way.”

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

Angela Samata Appointed Ambassador of SoBS

Angela

 

Angela, has been continually working behind the scenes for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide since she handed over the position of Chair to Ann Culley.

 

When Angela was asked to be an Ambassador for the Charity she replied  “I’m delighted to accept the role as Ambassador of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide. I feel privileged to be asked to represent the work that SoBS do and the continued part that our work plays in the National conversation about the vital need to provide support for those bereaved by suicide. The work and the people that make the Charity all that it is are very close to my heart and I feel honoured to be asked to take up this role.

I’ll never forget the relief that I felt as I walked into a SoBS support group for the first time in 2004. I’m humbled now to be able to encourage others to access SoBS support and to give others the chance to experience the same support I received.

 I followed the path on many before me, first receiving support and then feeling compelled to give a little back to a Charity that played a fundamental part in where I am today.  As a Help-line Volunteer and a Group Leader I gained valuable insight into our work. As a Trustee and Vice Chair I gained valuable insight into how our work is vital at both a local and national level, and as your Chair from 2010-2014 it was my great honour to work on the Board and to ensure our place in the national conversation.

 I was delighted that the BBC brought our work to the fore in our documentary Life After Suicide. Watched by over 3 million people, the film featured the SoBS Liverpool support group, giving a real insight into how our groups work and the vital support they offer. I hope to continue to promote our work and I look forward to working with you.”

 Angela Samata

We Need Your Help!

SOBS currently has 60+ support groups set up across the UK, but there are still large areas that we haven’t reached, and we need your help to do this.

We are looking to raise £50,000+ to expand our support group network, and to train and develop our existing network to make sure we are offering the best possible support.

If you would like to help this campaign and donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/sbbs/supportgroupcampaign

You can also text donate to this campaign, by texting ‘SOBS02 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5 to this campaign. Donations can be £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, by changing the value in the text message.

The campaign is also live on our Facebook page, over at https://www.facebook.com/SOBSCharity

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