Suicide Bereavement Service
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About the service
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Suicide Bereavement service supports people who have been bereaved by suicide; whether that be of a close family member, friend, colleague or neighbour or if your loss was 2 hours, 2 days, 22 days or 22 years ago.
The project is run by Leeds Mind and informed by the Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service. The workers have their own experience of suicide bereavement. You can access support as an individual or workplace. they provide 1:1 support and peer support groups.
Whether you were affected by a suicide that was a few days, weeks or decades ago. the service will support you whoever you have lost – this may be a parent, child, partner, sibling, other relatives, friend or work colleague.
You can use the service if you believe someone you care about has ended their own life, even if this has not been officially recognised or you haven’t had an inquest. The service also supports people who feel affected by suicide but do not identify as bereaved, for example, if you witnessed a death.
To access the support you must be a resident of West Yorkshire or Harrogate. People in Leeds can access the Leeds Suicide & Bereavement Service.
To find out more please see our support pages, on their website to refer yourself or someone else please click the button below and complete the form.
Why would someone choose the service?
You can use the service if you believe someone you care about has ended their own life, even if this has not been officially recognised or you haven’t had an inquest. We also support people who feel affected by a suicide but do not identify as bereaved, for example if you witnessed a death.
Staff you may meet
- Activity co-ordinators are responsible for implementing a range of therapeutic activities. Examples of activities provided include social, recreational, leisure, communication, sensory or educational sessions.
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- A care navigator provides advice and support to individuals their families or carers during their care. They often make home visits and support hospital discharges. Care navigators can also signpost and refer individuals to the appropriate services or help arrange care based on the individual’s needs.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.
- We have a range of specialist advisors working in our Trust – they give advice on a wide range of different things, depending on what service they work in. So it could be, for example, mental health, stopping smoking, healthy eating or diabetes.