The service offers FREE six weekly peer-to-peer support groups of a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 8 people. Each support group runs once a week over six consecutive weeks and lasts for 90 minutes and is run by two trained volunteer facilitators from Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care. The groups offer the opportunity for individuals bereaved by suicide to share their experiences with others in a safe, confidential and supportive space.
To be eligible to participate in one of the groups you must be over 18 and have lost someone to suicide over three months ago. It is suggested that you join a group where you can attend at least five of the six sessions to help you get the most out of the experience. Current locations, and start-dates can be found on Facing the Future’s website (see below).Find out more »
Grassroots Suicide Prevention is a small Brighton based charity with a simple but powerful goal: that no one should have to contemplate suicide alone. They work locally and nationally with communities, organisations and individuals, helping them to become ready, willing and able to effectively support someone at risk of suicide.
The website has lots of useful suicide prevention resources, information about training courses and links to other organisations that can help in a crisis. However, please note that they are not a crisis service and there is no helpline.Find out more »
Maytree is a refuge for people in extreme suicidal distress and despair. Offers a single, free, short stay of up to four nights in a non-medical setting in north London, providing support and befriending to help people get through a crisis. The service runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.Find out more »
PAPYRUS is a national charity which provides help and advice to young people (up to 35 years old) who may be thinking about suicide, as well as to anyone who is worried that a young person may be thinking about suicide. Services include a confidential helpline (HOPELineUK) and useful online resources. You can also text or email for support.Find out more »
Provides one-to-one support to individuals in Brighton and Hove affected by suicide. You can contact the service directly to refer yourself. When the service receives a referral, they will acknowledge this and negotiate with you when they may be able to start supporting you.
Also offers a support group for anyone affected by suicide, people experiencing suicidal thoughts or who have recently attempted suicide as well as individuals who have been bereaved by suicide. Aims to create a safe and supportive space, where members can express their feelings and explore this issue.Find out more »
Samaritans provide confidential emotional support to anyone who is suicidal or despairing, but you can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue, you don’t have to be suicidal. Their website includes a number of videos of people and how they’ve been helped by the Samaritans and gives more information about what you can expect when you call.Find out more »
They provide a helpline for immediate support, or you can contact them by e-mail or post, or visit them at your local branch. If you wish to write to them, please use this address (the address shown further down is for the local branch):
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA
Brighton, Hove and District Branch Samaritans also train listeners in Lewes prison to support other prisoners who are in emotional distress, and visit on Monday evenings and Wednesdays to provide support.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide offer a range of services to support people aged 18+ who have been bereaved by suicide, run by volunteers, most of whom have been bereaved by suicide themselves. Services include a helpline, e-mail support, lgbtq support (from a volunteer who is lgbtq and has been bereaved by suicide), retreats, and local self-help support groups.Find out more »
A local support group run by the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide which gives people the chance to meet others who have been bereaved by suicide. It provides an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with other people. There is no set structure to the session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish.Find out more »