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SASP publishes suicide bereavement report

The organisations that were found to offer the most support in the first few weeks of bereavement were emergency services, faith leaders and funeral directors

The Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP), alongside the University of Manchester, has published is repot into suicicde bereavement.

With over 7,000 respondents, the survey is the largest suicide bereavement poll of its kind internationally.

Some 2,864 (40%) accessed support from one or more services, which was most commonly accessed from GP services (16%), private counselling/bereavement support (14%) and from the internet (13%).

However, the organisations that were found to offer the most support in the first few weeks of bereavement were emergency services (80%), faith leaders (66%) and funeral directors (64%).

On the survey, the SASP’s chair and founder Hamish Elvidge said: “The results express a very poignant, personal and, often, devastating picture of the impact of suicide on the lives of families, colleagues and professionals… a picture that is very personal to me, after losing our son, Matthew, to suicide in 2009.

“This research will play a vital role in shaping both existing and new services… and make a huge, positive difference to the lives of so many people.”

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