Swindon Sobs, the local charity which helps people deal with the difficult issues around the suicide of a loved one, is launching a programme aimed at helping men to understand what has affected them.
Retired headteacher Steven Carter will share the presentation with Sobs founder Jacky Parry, to explain the lack of support there is for men after his son took his own life, and how they bottle up their emotions in isolation.
She said: “Swindon Sobs Engaging Men programme comes out of how Steve had to understand and adjust to losing his son, and how he managed to cope with everyday life and support his family afterwards.
“Men tend to be more activity based, so this programme will be looking at how to involve and support male grief with social activities based around interests, whether it’s watching or taking part in sports events as a group, or whatever would be an interest and a focus for men.”
Monthly evening meetings with a focus on social activities and events are being planned, including a barbecue being hosted by Nationwide in August.
The launch event on Friday 8 July is being held at the new offices of North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson at the Orbital Shopping Park in North Swindon.
Male survivors affected by suicide and interested in attending are asked to contact email@example.com
• Swindon Sobs was established in September 2013 to support families who have lost a loved one to suicide by breaking the isolation and helping survivors to talk in a safe, confidential environment, in which they can share their experiences and feelings.
Many of the volunteers who facilitate the group have themselves been bereaved by suicide, including Jacky Parry who started the group some years after her brother took his own life.
Jacky said: “Suicide recognises no social, ethnic or cultural boundaries -neither do we. Our groups are free of charge and open to all survivors of bereavement by suicide aged 18 and over.”
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