Self-help support group in Barrow

Self-help support group in Barrow

Suicide Bereavement Support is hosting an introductory session to establish whether there is a need for a self-help support group in the area. Such groups already exist in Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven. This group is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has been bereaved by suicide, as well as agencies such as GPs, police and health service workers.

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“My instinct is always to get involved. We need more of that”

“My instinct is always to get involved. We need more of that”

THE Herald’s #notalone campaign aims to make talking about our mental health commonplace and give people the courage to say when they are suffering, without fear of judgement. Here, John Brown, whose father killed himself 26 years ago, talks about how those who are left behind are often at risk of suicide themselves.

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Statement from the Suicide Bereavement Support Steering Group

Statement from the Suicide Bereavement Support Steering Group

In an ambition to extend and strengthen the support available to local people who have been bereaved by suicide, the steering group of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria has created a new and independent organisation for our area. Suicide Bereavement Support (SBS) aims to support local people by using local resources, whilst continuing to work in partnership with national colleagues and local agencies.

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MP commends vital work of Eden suicide charity

MP commends vital work of Eden suicide charity

Rory Stewart MP for Penrith and The Border met with Suicide Safer Eden (SSE) to discuss issues around suicide and the importance of talking about mental health. Mr Stewart had an in depth discussion with a group of volunteers in Eden, who work towards reducing loss of life to suicide within the area. SSE explained how they believes suicide is a community wide public health issue and everyone can do something to help. It encourages people to be ‘helpfully nosey’ – to ask people how they are feeling, listen to them and direct them towards help.

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New support group for people bereaved by suicide in West Cumbria

New support group for people bereaved by suicide in West Cumbria

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria is pleased to announce that a new group has been set up in West Cumbria. Karan Smith has taken the initiative to facilitate the group, which is the third in Cumbria alongside groups in Carlisle and Kendal. She lost her son in 2010, when he was 21 years old, and first attended SOBS meetings over two years ago when they were held in Keswick. Since the Keswick group was relocated to Carlisle, there has been no specific support in West Cumbria for people bereaved by suicide.

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