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.”