A new Swindon based self-help group will launch on 19 September to give people who have lost a loved one by suicide a place to work through the trauma, loss and the extreme emotional impact that such a sudden and unexpected event can have on family and friends.
A branch of the national charity Survivors Of Bereavement By Suicide – or SOBBS – will meet on the third Thursday of the month at a venue in West Swindon.
Founder Jacqueline, who experienced a suicide in her family three years ago, said: “Once the excruciating grief declined a little I became aware there was no support group in Swindon where family or close friends who experience the trauma of suicide can turn. The impact is immediate but the effects can last for many years. Those left behind have so many unanswered questions and so much to try and understand in order to make some sense of everything.
“SOBBS is not a one-to-one counselling group; it’s for people willing to work together to support each other at whatever stage they are in a journey. It’s a place to turn to and talk together.”
The first meeting of SOBBS takes place on Thursday 19 September, followed on Sunday 22 September by a ramble and cream tea with members of the long established Gloucester group.
To find out more call Jacqueline on 0754 324 2332 or via the national helpline: 0844 561 6855.
The SOBBS web site has information, advice, contact points, poetry and writing by people affected by suicide: