Losing someone to suicide has been liked to a bomb going off in someone’s life, where people are left to pick up the pieces and build a new normality. Suicide bereavement can be incredibly difficult to make sense of; everyone grieves differently and there can be added strain if you are concerned about others around you. Our service can provide individual peer support sessions, focusing on a range of topics such as, coping with grief, flashbacks, reoccurring images, sleep patterns and anxiety. Sessions allow you time to talk about the myriad of emotions you may be experiencing in a safe environment
These sessions can also provide assistance with practical aspects after a loss such as financial, housing, advocacy and support at inquest.
For more information contact us or see the FAQ below.
To refer yourself or someone you know please click on the button below.
How many sessions can I have?
Individual support is flexible and number of sessions can be discussed when setting goals in your first session with you worker.
Can I choose when and where they are?
It is important that you include your availability on your referral form. This will be checked in your Gateways phone call. The majority of support sessions are either held at Dial House in Halton or at Clarence House in Horsforth. Although alternatives can be arranged, please discuss this in your gateway call. There are a limited number of evening sessions held every week, please note that limited availability may increase the time you wait for support.
Are they counselling sessions?
The sessions differ from counselling sessions as they also include practical advice and signposting and are facilitated by peers. If counselling is something you wish to engage with please see our counselling section in Our Support.
What do we talk about?
During sessions you can talk about any aspect of you circumstances, which have been impacted by your suicide bereavement.
Do I need to live in Leeds?
Yes, you must live in a postcode paying council tax to Leeds City Council.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions are usually an hour long, if you are late to a session it will still finished at the agreed time.
Can I arrive late?
Workers are very busy and will try to see you if you arrive late.
Who will I see?
You may been seen by any of our workers. You will see the same worker at each session.
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.