Support Group FAQs

Support Groups

Frequently asked questions

May anyone join the support groups?
To attend group meetings you need to be aged 18 or over, and to have lost a friend, partner or family member to suicide.

Do I need to book in advance to attend a meeting?
There is no need to book in advance; you can just turn up. Though if you have any questions beforehand or need to confirm the details, please get in touch.

Is there a charge for attending the meetings?
Our support meetings are free to attend, though we appreciate voluntary donations towards the cost of room hire and refreshments.

Do I have to sign up to attend a certain number of group meetings?
Our groups are ‘open’ groups. You can attend just one meeting, or as many as you like, as and when you feel the need to attend.

How does the support group work?
The group meeting is facilitated by trained volunteers who have personal experience of suicide bereavement, as well as experience of running support groups. We try to give everyone an opportunity to share their story within the group meeting (though it’s okay to just listen).

Do I have to stay till the end of the meeting?
You are free to leave the meeting at any time.

Are there any special ground rules for the group?
Everything that is spoken of in the group meeting is confidential to the group. We recognise that everyone grieves in their own way, and attendees are encouraged to be open to the different attitudes and experiences of others. The facilitator is there to provide immediate assurance and to resolve any issues that may arise.

Do I have to talk about my own personal experiences at the meeting?
There is no need to share any details about yourself or your experiences until you feel ready; it’s okay to just listen.

My friend recently lost a family member to suicide. Can I bring them to a meeting?
Please let your friend know that our meeting is available, and let them decide whether they want to attend, when they feel ready.

I recently lost a family member to suicide, but am nervous of attending the group meeting on my own. Is it okay for me to bring a friend to support me?
Yes, although the meeting is only for people bereaved by suicide, you may bring a friend for support. However, please get in touch so that we can discuss your needs.

I am a mental health professional and am interested in the work of your support groups. May I attend the group meetings?
Our groups exist only to provide support for those bereaved by suicide. If you are interested from a professional point of view, please get in touch with us so we can discuss whether it is possible for us to support your work in some other way.

I am a mental health professional, and have myself been bereaved by suicide. May I attend your group meetings for support for myself?
Yes, the groups are open to anyone aged over 18 who has been bereaved by suicide.

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