Help is at Hand

Task: to produce a resource for Public Health England the National Suicide Prevention Alliance for people bereaved by suicide

Approach: Bereavement by suicide is a unique experience; we decided it was essential to work closely with people with first hand experience to identify the practical and emotional information and advice to be included. We also sought the input of a wide range of public and voluntary sector frontline services who offer postvention support. Help is at Hand includes a range of personal stories to help underpin the message ‘you are not alone’. It is distributed widely via coroners, police, funeral directors, bereavement support organisations and is promoted in traditional and online media. 

Impact: Help is Hand has been very warmly received by people bereaved by suicide.More than print and online 100,000 copies have been distributed and it has been featured on BBC News, ITV News, BBC Radio 2, 4, 5.