New Virtual Support Group Launched for Punjabi Speaking Women

The death of a loved one is never easy to experience, whether it comes without warning or after a long struggle with illness. Research has shown that those bereaved by suicide are at an increased risk of suicide themselves. Added to that burden is the substantial stigma, which can keep those left behind, away from the much needed support.

This support group will run on the second Wednesday of every month starting from Wednesday 12 August at 7:00pm and will be facilitated by volunteers Binnie & Gurj. They are both experienced group leaders and currently run the Birmingham support group alongside fellow volunteer Bali.

 

The purpose of this group is to allow people to:

1. Talk to others who understand what they may be going through in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

2. Open up, in their own way at their own pace and start to develop coping strategies to deal with their loss.

For many it will be the first chance that they have had to openly talk about what they are experiencing and how they are feeling. Just hearing how someone else or another family is coping with the aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide can help those who maybe at risk of suicide to feel more hopeful about their life and future.

To attend the above meetings please contact us on 07376 303438 or email us at birmingham@uksobs.org

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Volunteer Jonathan Lee – BBC Radio Sheffield

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Volunteer & Author Jonathan Lee’s interview on BBC Radio Sheffield.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicides volunteer and author, Jonathan Lee has given an interview on BBC Radio Sheffield. He took to the radio on the Paulette Edwards show to discuss why he decided to volunteer for our charity and set up a new Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide support group in Barnsley.

Please note that during the interview the term ‘committed suicide’ is used.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide does not condone the use of this phrase & promotes the use of  non-stigmatising terminology.

Jonathan is fundraising for the Barnsley group by donating the royalties of his newest book to Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.

Online Harms White Paper April 2019

On 8 April the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office published the Online Harms White Paper, which sets out the Government’s plans for a package of measures to make the internet safer for everyone.  The White Paper is currently open for consultation until 1 July, and both it and the consultation details can be found at www.gov.uk by searching for ‘Online Harms White Paper’.

The White Paper outlines plans for a new regulatory framework to address all forms of online harms, including content that is seen to encourage or assist suicide.  Once the regulator is in place, it will work with internet and social media companies to ensure that abhorrent content is removed.

Research on Social Support after a loss to suicide

Looking for research participants until January 2020

Hannah is conducting a PhD project that explores the experiences of friend and family groups after a loss to suicide, with a particular focus on social support. For her research she is looking to interview groups of friends and family who have been bereaved for between 18 months and 8 years. Interviews will be done in person and will take no more than 2 hours. These interviews could be with any 2-5 members of a friend and family group, would be carried out individually and be completely confidential to each person. The study has been approved by the UCL ethics committee (ID: 12381/001).

 

The research will be published academically, and be used to create a public resource to help people who have been bereaved by suicide.

If you’d like to be involved or find out more you can contact me using the details below:

Email address- Hannah.scott.17@ucl.ac.uk

Phone number- 07923225169

Ban the press from reporting suicides Inappropriately

Media organisations report and publish a death by suicide with no consideration to the family involved. The law gives preference to the public’s ghoulish interest over a family’s right to grieve in private. If someone dies by suicide, the press should be able to report only that they have died.

Suicide deaths are a shock to all left behind and are traumatic enough without the death being broadcast to the wider community. Suicide deaths are not easily explained to children left behind. Families should have the right to explain what has happened at an appropriate time or when the child reaches an age where they can fully understand and process the information, not have their parental choices taken away simply because media organisations deem it newsworthy. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244574

BBC Documentary about online bullying

My name is Claire and I am a researcher at October Films, a TV production company based in London. We are making a BBC documentary looking at the relationship between online bullying and mental health issues, in young women growing up today; filmed through the eyes of one of the most famous women in the UK.

This will be a deeply personal film showing one woman’s rise to fame, and her subsequent battle with mental health issues, which was fuelled by negative media coverage and abusive online trolls. But with self-harm amongst young girls, and teenage suicide both doubling in the last decade; her experience is certainly not exclusive to the high-profile and famous. In order to understand the statistics and the root cause of the issue, she will be meeting and swapping stories with other young women who have endured similar experiences online.

We would like to speak with other young women whose lives and mental health have been impacted by online bullying or abuse. Initially this would be for a confidential research conversation to help inform the content of our documentary, with no obligation to be filmed. However we would also like to offer them the opportunity to consider contributing further by sharing their stories on camera.

We feel it would also be incredibly important to include the story of a young woman who has tragically taken her own life, after enduring online bullying and pressures from social media. Sensitively telling their story through interview with their loved ones, will give us the opportunity to raise awareness, highlight warning signs to look out for, and to explain the long-lasting ripple effect of suicide. We are hoping to make contact with the family of a young woman who has died by suicide, to inform them about our documentary and to offer them the chance to contribute in whatever way feels right for them.

We are looking to talk to as many people as possible who feel comfortable telling their story, with no obligation to speak to us again or to commit to being filmed. If you have any questions about the project or would like to talk further please do not hesitate in getting in contact either via email claire.york@octoberfilms.co.uk or 07772 337007

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 2 years, then please follow the link for more information  Helpline recruitment flyer with border and Helpline bi fold recruitment leaflet 03-19

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