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.
HELP is available and easily accessible.
There are a huge number of small groups & voluntary organisations countrywide providing bereavement support within local communities, but as a starting point, we have listed below two well established & reputable organisations which provide a network of supports nationwide. If they do not have a presence in your area, they will guide you to supports locally to you. A call to either 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
In the immediate aftermath of a Suicide, Living Links provides practical help, information and outreach support for bereaved families through branches nationwide. When someone dies by suicide, what happens next? How do you tell children or talk to neighbours? What happens at the inquest? What supports are available in your area? Living Links volunteers provide a friendly & confidential helping hand. The service is free of charge. Available also to emergency personnel, gardai etc., affected by suicide.
Click here for a selection of Suicide 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.
“Help is at Hand” is a useful resource for people affected by suicide, providing both emotional & practical support. Written in conjunction with people bereaved by suicide and using 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.