Leeds takes a lead in supporting those affected by suicide
Today - World Suicide Prevention Day - sees the formal launch of Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service (LSBS) at an open event at Leeds Civic Hall.
Leeds City Council has made support for those bereaved by suicide a priority area as part of a strategy to prevent suicide and other adverse health consequences. The council-backed service will be delivered by charities Leeds Mind, Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service and supported by Leeds Bereavement Forum.
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said:
“We knew the city had no specialist provision for suicide survivors and their families and friends and this could mean an inconsistent response to people needing help and support. Using advice from experts and people with personal experience of the impact of suicide, we are supporting this excellent new service, as it aims to provide targeted help for people who need it.”
Laura Pattison, Suicide Bereavement Group support worker, said:
“LSBS will provide support for those bereaved by suicide in the city which will include outreach work and ‘postvention’, which is intervention conducted after a suicide, largely taking the form of support for the bereaved (family, friends, professionals and peers), who may be at increased risk of suicide themselves. I’m delighted that Leeds City Council have been able to support us and we look forward to making a positive difference to people’s lives by offering support at difficult times.”
Postvention is an evidence-based approach with over 40 years of history. It is aimed at alleviating the after effects of suicide and attempted suicide and helping survivors to cope with the loss they have experienced.
Fiona Venner, Director of mental health charity Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, said:
“LSBS is provided by people bereaved by suicide, for people bereaved by suicide. We know a suicide isn’t like any other death and is an individual tragedy for the person who felt they had no other option. For the friends and family who loved them there is now specialist support available that can make a real difference and both support people bereaved by suicide and help those considering suicide. I want people to know there is help out there and things you can do if you need help yourself or you know someone else who does.”
LSBS will set up, develop, deliver and run drop in and peer support groups in Leeds. The postvention service will include active interventions including contacting families post bereavement and making them aware of the support available.
Anyone can contact the service and the links between LSBS and other health and care services will mean that support can be offered in the most effective way possible.
Notes for editors:
The launch event at the Civic Hall is at the Leeds Civic Hall, between 13:30 – 16:00hrs on 10th September 2015.
To find out more about the service please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or ring Leeds Mind - 0113 305 5800
Or Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service - 0113 260 9328
Initial drop-in sessions for the new service will be run at the following venues/times:
Thursday 17th of September, between 6pm and 8pm at
Monday 12th of October, between 7pm and 8pm at Kentmere
Thurs 12th of November, between 6pm and 8pm at Cross Gates
Tuesday 8th of December, between 6pm and 8pm at St Matthews
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