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South East London Suicide Bereavement Service

The South East London Suicide Bereavement Service has been created to provide crucial emotional and practical support in the aftermath of suicide, a period when people can be hugely vulnerable.

The new bereavement service will support people through some of the most difficult experiences of their lives, and in doing so has the potential to be truly life-changing.

Losing someone you care about to suicide is devastating. The South East London Suicide Bereavement Service provides practical and emotional support, and signposting to other services to help families cope with the practical and emotional ramifications of suicide.

The service, which launches in June 2021, offers support to people bereaved by suicide in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. Funded by NHS England, it was developed in collaboration with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM), Bexley Mind and Mind Lambeth & Southwark.

The new service will work closely with other local community organisations, and includes a key focus on specific groups, including children and young people, and BAME communities. The team also includes two Community Chaplains, who focus on engaging with faith groups.

Support offered includes: 

Emotional

  • Preparing how to break the news to others (including children)
  • Helping the bereaved person advocate for themselves
  • Additionally support at emotionally significant points, such as the inquest and the first anniversary

Practical 

  • Helping sort through the personal effects of the deceased; and dealing with services (banks, utilities etc.)
  • Helping to registering the death
  • Liaising with the media/social media
  • Communicating with funeral directors and helping to planning the funeral
  • Providing information about the inquest and support throughout the coroner process.

Contact and referrals

The service will be available via both professional and self-referrals.