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About the Bereavement by Suicide Support Service

The loss of a loved one to suicide is a unique circumstance that can leave the bereaved with unanswered questions and complex feelings that can be hard to understand and process. It can often feel that no-one else understands what you are going through and you may not want to tell anyone about how your loved one has died.

Each person, even within your own family, may respond to the death differently, and this may also feel very challenging and confusing. Bereavement is an individual experience and can affect people differently.

Some effects of bereavement can be:

  • Anger
  • Shock, disbelief
  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Relief
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Longing for the person who has died

It is also possible that you may be having physical responses which are quite normal, for example: difficulty sleeping, pain in your chest or stomach, tiredness and poor concentration.

Mind BLMK understands that there are also many practical issues that need to be carried out after the death. These may seem confusing and be a cause of anxiety. Mind BLMK can offer support and information to help you with this.

What to expect from the service

At Mind BLMK we offer you a safe and non-judgmental space to talk about how you feel, to ask questions and to find a way forward.

The Bereavement by Suicide Support Service provides:

Initial support

  • Contact with families within 2 working days of receiving a referral into the service following a bereavement
  • A named liaison worker
  • A home visit to meet the family and offer support
  • Information on services available in Milton Keynes
  • Liaison with other services
  • Follow up telephone support for the family
  • Signposting to practical support
  • Information on procedures that take place when there is a death by suicide.

Longer term support

Mind BLMK can offer counselling at an appropriate time to members of the immediate family who have been bereaved by suicide. Information will be available to all families about accessing counselling.

How do I access support?

Your details will be forwarded to Mind BLMK, (if you have given permission for this to happen) by Thames Valley Police and we will make contact with you by phone within 2 working days. There is no obligation for you to access our support, however, during the initial conversation you do have the opportunity to find out more about our service and the support you could expect to receive.

If you have any questions about the Bereavement by Suicide Support Service please contact Milton Keynes Wellbeing Centre on 0300 330 0648 or email Amy Trevillion on [email protected].


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