COVID-19 UPDATE: All our groups are currently held virtually over Zoom. We have a range groups and workshops on offer for you to attend; including our regular peer support group, specific-loss groups and workshops about Coping with Anniversaries, Understanding Triggers and Creativity sessions. Please refer to the service by the clicking the red ‘Refer Yourself’ button at the bottom of this page. You will then be invited for a gateway phone call with one of our pracititoners where you can gain more information about our groups, including the timetable, how to book on and attend.
All of our groups are for anyone who feels they have been bereaved by suicide by someone they care about; it does not matter if this conclusion was not found at inquest or if the inquest has not been held yet. You may have been bereaved for days, weeks, months or years you are welcome to access support. Please see our FAQ below for more information on our groups.
The Civic Hall Monthly Bereaved by Suicide Support Group.
Our monthly support group is an open mixed peer group. This group is informal and attendees are welcome to come and go from the group as needed. We meet on the first Tuesday evening of every month at the Civic Hall in Leeds City Centre from 6-8pm.
Bi-weekly Bereaved By Suicide Support Groups
We have two closed peer support groups that meet every other week. These two groups have separate members and can only be joined after you have been referred to the service and had a Gateway Phone Call. Attendees are expected to attend the majority of the groups while they members.
Living with my Loss Course
Living with my loss is a 6 week psycho-education course. Unlike the other groups LWML has a structure and a topic for each week. The course meets weekly for a 6 week period and is run periodically throughout the year. Peer support is an important element in the group and runs alongside skill sharing. LWML is a closed group and we ask that people commit to attending the full 6 week course.
Please check our Events page for any upcoming Living with my Loss courses.
To referred your self or someone else please click the button below and fill in the form.
What is peer support?
Peer support means people supporting each other on an equal basis, to offer support based on shared experience. Peer support offers many benefits, for example shared identity and acceptance, the value of helping others, developing and sharing coping strategies, skills, emotional resilience and wellbeing.
Who are peer support groups for?
Bereaved by suicide peer support groups are for anyone who believes they have lost someone they care about to suicide. It doesn’t matter if that person was a close family member, friends, colleague or neighbour or if the loss was 2 days, 2 years or 22 years ago.
Are peer support groups right for me?
Everyone’s experience of loss and bereavement are unique and although peer group support is extremely valuable to many people, it is not always right for everyone. The group worker is there before, during and after a group to talk to about any questions or concerns you have. If you find group support isn’t right for you right now that is not to say it won’t be helpful in time and LSBS have a variety of kind of support you can access.
Which group should I go to?
We have a range of groups and you can attend whichever one interests you. Our group worker is always around to give you more details about each group and which one might be best for you to attend first.
Is it group counselling?
No, our groups are mutual peer support groups and facilitators are not trained counsellors.
Is it normal to be nervous about attending a group?
Yes, attending a group can be daunting and the group facilitator is available to meet with you before a group if you feel this would help. You could bring a family member or friend to your first group for support. It is important to remember that everyone in the group is there for a similar reason and that no one is judging you.
What do people talk about in the groups?
The content of the groups are very mixed and are dependant on what the group members want to bring to each session. Loss and bereavement are not discussed throughout the whole group, there is laughter and many stories told too. You do not need to speak in the group at all if you don’t feel like it, we try to share time equally but you are free to pass if you don’t want to talk and just want to listen.
Where and when are the peer support groups held?
The groups are held in Leeds City Centre usually at The Civic Hall. The LWML group alternate between daytime and evening meetings and use differing locations around Leeds.
Do I need to live in Leeds?
To access the majority of LSBS support you need to live within a Leeds postcode but the majority of our groups are open to those living outside Leeds. Please contact the group worker to discuss if you live outside Leeds and would like to come to the Living with my Loss group.
How long are the peer support groups?
All of our groups have a 2 hour duration but some of that time is used for social time and refreshments.
Can I arrive late at a session?
Arriving a little late, or leaving early is not a restriction for attending a group. It is best to let the group worker know (if possible) if you know you will be running late.
Who leads the groups?
We have a group worker, Louise who is the main point of contact for information about the groups and facilitates at many of the groups. All workers and volunteers within Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service have been bereaved by suicide themselves.
Can I use different types of support at the same time?
Yes, you can use support from across the service. So could attend a peer group and an individual session at the same time.