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Suicide bereavement

If you are dealing with the devastating event of a suicide, see the local services and nationally than can help you come to terms with this.

Local support to you in East Suffolk:

Suffolk Cruse

  • Free bereavement support to adults and specialist support to children and young people.     

  • Information on website, one to one bereavement support via zoom or phone (6 sessions)

MIND Norfolk & Waveney

  • The Suicide Bereavement Service is for those bereaved and affected by suicide.

  • 1:1 emotional and practical support for up to 12 sessions for those bereaved by suicide.

  • Support is aimed at those who are in the first 3 months of loss, or before the inquest.

  • Group Suicide Bereavement Support offers a safe space where you can connect with others who have had similar experiences

  • Support Groups are running in Aylsham and Norwich.

  • Suicide Bereavement Cafes take place in Aylsham, Norwich and Thetford. Support is also available in Taverham for young people aged 18-25 who have been bereaved by suicide.

  • Call 0300 330 5488 or email

Bereaved by Suicide Service
(for Suffolk and North East Essex, via Victim Support)

  • Open to people in Suffolk, Colchester and Tendring who have been bereaved by suicide.  

  • The service provides emotional support, practical help and signposting to other organisations. 

  • Phone: 01473 322683

Compassionate Friends

  • Free support for bereaved parents and their families  whatever the age of the child  

  • Online information, Facebook groups and events, community forum and helpline  

  • Helpline:  0345 123 2304 open 10-4pm and then 7-10pm every day of the year

  • Your nearest local support group takes place at Rowhedge, near Colchester every 2nd Sunday of the month from 3pm-5pm.

  • Phone via national number: 0345 123 2304  

National organisations:

(Survivors of Bereavement
by Suicide)

  • For anyone over the age of 18 bereaved by suicide   

  • Helpline, online peer support groups, retreats and information.

  • Closest group meeting face to face in Frinton, Essex.    

  • Phone: 0300 111 5065

Sue Ryder

  • Offers free support for adults 2 months & after a bereavement.   

  • Online information, 6 online counselling sessions and access to an online peer support community.

  • Free support for adults 2 months & after a bereavement   

  • Online information, 6 online counselling sessions and access to an online peer support community.

  • Sue Ryder is offering UK residents grief support via text message, *free of charge* for a full year.

  • This is a wonderful way to offer bereaved family members extra support over the holidays, and all year long.

  • Access the text service here.

Winston's Wish

  • Free support for grieving children and young people aged 8-25 years old who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close relative.   

  • Information, advice and online support. Support is also available for carers and parents supporting grieving children.

Child Bereavement UK

  • Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

  • Supports children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.

  • Offers free, confidential support by telephone, video or instant messenger, wherever you live in the UK. 

  • Phone: 0800 02 888 40

Marie Curie

  • Free support for any bereavement    

  • Information, a support line and 6 sessions with a volunteer listener.    

  • Phone: 0800 090 2309 

The Way Foundation (Widowed and Young)

  • For anyone who has lost a partner before their 51st birthday.   

  • 24/7 helpline and online peer support community.   

  • Phone: 0870 011 3450 


  • Support for those dealing with the grief that comes with losing a loved one to suicide. 

  • Suicide Bereavement Adviser Helpline, call 0800 054 8400, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

  • Up to 12 free sessions of bereavement counselling, delivered via video call or by telephone.

  • Free app, Sidekick, designed to support through the suicide loss journey. 

Care for the Family

  • Care for the Family has sought to promote strong family life and help those who face family difficulties.

  • Their work has been focused on the UK, but increasingly through digital technology, they are reaching a wider audience.

  • The focus is primarily on the following areas of family life: marriage, parenting, and bereavement.

Support After Suicide

  • The Support After Suicide Partnership brings together suicide bereavement organisations and people with lived experience, to achieve a vision that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered timely and appropriate support.

  • This website has been developed with the help of both individuals with experience of suicide and professional bereavement organisations so you can explore practical information and find emotional support if you have been impacted by suicide.

Papyrus Hopeline UK

  • National charity dedicated to prevention of young suicide

  • Works with communities across the UK, engaging them in our mission to prevent suicide in children and young people.

  • Engage them through our resources and training, learning with them and galvanising them to help save young lives.

  • Phone: 0800 068 4141

Muslim Bereavement Support Service

  • The Muslim Bereavement Support Service is a registered charity, founded in 2012.

  • They are a non-profit organisation serving the Muslim community by supporting bereaved women who have lost a loved one.

Way Up

  • Way Up is an active, online self-help group aimed at providing mutual support to those who have been widowed primarily, but not exclusively,  in their 50’s and 60’s.

  • Based in the UK, their free-to-join members-only forum is an important aspect of their group and is a way to initiate friendships, to exchange views and to give and to receive care and support.


Discover local
group support

Social groups can help you connect with others who may be experiencing similar experiences of grief too.


Group support can help you feel less alone and can greatly improve your mental health.

Discover groups in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Woodbridge, Felixstowe & surrounding areas.

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