This section provides information for professionals who come into contact with and who provide support to people who have been bereaved by suicide. Effective support after a suicide, known as “postvention” is key to helping people to recover and to preventing further suicides happening within the family and community.
When someone dies by suicide, a large number of agencies may become involved and will have contact with the bereaved family and friends. This includes the police, paramedics, coroners or procurator fiscals, media, health professionals, funeral directors, faith leaders, counsellors and members of other voluntary organisations. Every interaction provides an opportunity to support the bereaved and help to lessen their sense of isolation.
You may work in a community which has been affected by a suicide – this could be a workplace, an educational establishment, a prison, a housing project or any other organisation. Managing the emotional and practical impacts in the days, weeks, months and even years afterwards is an important part of recovery.
In this section you can find out more about the needs of those bereaved by suicide, the support available and how you can help. We can also provide education and training for you and your team.