Suicide has a devastating effect on bereaved families, friends & the wider community. You may be reading this as the result of a tragedy in your own life and you may not know where to turn for guidance and support to help you through this very difficult time. Your grief will always be a part of you, but with appropriate suicide bereavement support, you can learn how to cope with it.
HELP is available and easily accessible.
There are a number of small groups & voluntary organisations countrywide providing bereavement support within local communities, but as a starting point, we have listed below three reputable organisations which provide support for anyone bereaved by suicide. If they do not have a presence in your area, they will guide you to supports locally to you. A call to HUGG, Living Links or Pieta House is the first step to help and support wherever you are.
Centre for Prevention of Suicide & Self-Injury providing professional one to one counselling for those self harming, feeling suicidal or suffering effects of a suicide event, including support for those bereaved by suicide.
Freephone 24 hour Helpline: 1800 247 247
H.U.G.G.(Healing Untold Grief Groups)
Peer Support Groups for anyone bereaved by suicide. HUGG groups meet every 2 weeks. There are groups in Dublin (Leopardstown, Tallaght and Smithfield), Cavan, Cork, Galway, Limerick and two Virtual groups. Due to COVID-19, HUGG support groups are now meeting online and so the service is available wherever you are in the country. To join a group to to https://tinyurl.com/HUGGGROUPONLINE. All HUGG groups, virtual and in person meetings, are each led by trained volunteers, who have also been bereaved by suicide. Everyone over 18 years is welcome. To find your local meeting, check the HUGG website. Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20204480.
Click here for a selection of Bereavement Support Resources, Groups & Organisations both national & provincial. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are looking for a group or organisation in your own locality, see yourmentalhealth.ie for a full directory of suicide bereavement resources countrywide, accessible by map and by list.
Bereavement Video: one of a series of topics covered in our online video library. In this short, informative video, bereaved Father, Ed Dalton, shares his experience and how he has coped with the loss of his young son by suicide. This video is of particular help to families going through traumatic grief by suicide.
Bereavement Self Help Guide: easy to read booklet which aims to help understand and navigate the bereavement process. Can be viewed online, listened to by audio or downloaded as a pdf.
You are not alone: what do you do when a loved one dies by suicide or how do you help someone who has been bereaved by suicide? What are the practical things that need to be taken care in the immediate aftermath? How do you tell others about your loss? This National Suicide Bereavement Support Guide provides useful information & resources together with lists of organisations providing help and support. It is suitable for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide or who would like to help someone recently bereaved. The booklet is not intended to be read cover to cover, just the sections that are relevant to you and focuses on five key areas:
- Taking care of the practical matters
- What you may be feeling
- Your connection with the person who has died
- Getting through and creating a new future
- Help and support
Download your copy here
“Help is at Hand” another useful resource for people affected by suicide, providing both emotional & practical support. This is a UK publication which was used extensively as a reference for the “You are not alone” guide. This was written in collaboration with people bereaved by suicide and uses their experiences to help inform the resource. The various sections focus on feelings and practicalities, both in the immediate aftermath and onward, facing the future. Suitable for people bereaved by suicide and for those who wish to help someone recently bereaved, it was produced by an alliance of UK suicide organisations, but the contents have a universal relevance. However, some services listed apply to UK only. For services available in Ireland, see links to services on this page.