Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service is hosted by Leeds Mind and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service. We have five part time members of staff and a number of wonderful volunteers who offer their time to support their peers.
Laura Pattison – Team Leader
Laura has been part of the LSBS team since its launch. She close to qualifying as Family Therapist. Laura achieved a First Class degree in Health and Community Care from Leeds Beckett University, where she wrote a paper for the final year of her degree titled ‘Best Practice Postvention’. She has had a passion for postvention and bereavement care since losing her mum to suicide. Before working at LSBS, Laura worked for St Gemma’s Hospice and was part of the teams which completed service evaluations for Women’s Health and Counselling and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Centre.
Surinder Rall – Postvention Practitioner
Surinder has been involved in LSBS since the group was volunteer led in 2013, she has progressed from group member to volunteer to team member. Alongside working for LSBS she attends Leeds Trinity University and is studying for a degree in Family Support. Surinder lost her dad to suicide in 2008 and has previous experience in community work and early years.
Christian Smith – Postvention Practitioner
Christian started work with LSBS after accessing support from the service after experiencing a loved ones death to suicide. He has previously worked in mental health and crisis organisations and has a wealth of experience supporting people in emotional distress.
Louise Walker – Postvention Practitioner
Louise started working for LSBS in January 2019, she leads the facilitation and development of our peer support groups. She also works in Early Help with Children and Families in Leeds. She lost her sister in law to suicide.
Sophie Norgrove- Postvention Practitioner
Sophie began volunteering with LSBS in 2017 during a year-long student placement facilitating groups and individual support with Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service. Following this, she gained positions to work at both LSBS and LSLCS and soon after completed my Psychology degree at the University of Leeds. She has a passion for peer support, mostly ignited through her experience of previously accessing support from LSBS, believing it to be cornerstone in her own journey after losing her Dad to suicide in 2008.
We have an excellent team of volunteers who are valued members of our team. Belinda and Dave may be met in our peer support groups assisting with facilitation.