Wokingham Borough Council has launched a new suicide bereavement service to provide much needed support to families affected by suicide.
The Bereaved by Suicide project will be delivered by Victim Support, an independent charity which provides practical and emotional support to victims of traumatic incidents, and will be a valuable specialist service to all those in need in the borough.
Emotional support and practical help
A specialist case worker will work closely with families to ensure they have both the emotional support and practical help they need. This may include arranging counselling as well as assistance in organising funerals and accessing support funds.
Executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services Cllr Charles Margetts said: “We have been working closely with Victim Support and appreciate the need for this dedicated service with a devastating 63 suicides reported in Berkshire in the last year. This service will provide specialised confidential support, tailored to the needs of individuals, for as long as it is needed. Our specialist team is ready and willing to help. We urge those in need to get in contact.”
Kultar Nayyar, services director at Victim Support, said: “We know from our work just how devastating the impact of suicide is on families. Through our dedicated case workers, our aim is to provide practical help to reduce their stress and help build their resilience and wellbeing through emotional support.”
Victim Support has been commissioned by Wokingham Borough Council, Slough Borough Council and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to run this pilot advocacy service to support families bereaved by suicide. This project is part of the Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy and starts on 1 July 2019.
Bereaved families can also use this service to access information on practicalities including housing arrangements and benefits.
To find out more about this service visit Victim Support website or email BBS.firstname.lastname@example.org