A new self-help group formed in September gives 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.
Founder Jacqueline realised there was nowhere to share and receive support after she experienced a suicide in her family three years ago. She said: “The impact of a suicide 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.
“The group, which is a branch of Survivors Of Bereavement By Suicide – SOBBS, does not provide one-to-one counselling. It’s for people willing to support each other at whatever stage they are in a journey. It’s a place to turn to and talk together.”
SOBBS meets on the third Thursday of the month at a venue in West Swindon.
To find out more call Jacqueline on 0754 324 2332 or via the national helpline: 0844 561 6855.
Pictured: Launching SOBBS, Swindon deputy mayor Cllr Teresa Page, with, from left, Jan Kilby, Jacky Parry and Maureen Patrick.