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From Grief to Hope: The collective voice of those bereaved or affected by suicide in the UK

A new study has been published which reveals over a third of those bereaved by suicide considered taking their own life, highlighting their acute need for more support.

The team led by Dr Sharon McDonnell at The University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Support After Suicide Partnership, conducted the largest ever survey on the impact of suicide in the UK, with over 7,150 people sharing their experiences.

The survey was carried out from September 2017 to August 2018 and two thirds felt the provision of support services in their local area to be inadequate.

Dr McDonnell said: “This survey highlights the devastating and long-lasting impact of suicide on families and communities.

“We are calling for more awareness of the impact of suicide bereavement, more support and resources and the need to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide.”

The full report can be read on University of Manchester’s website.

If you’ve been bereaved by suicide, the Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service can help find the right support for you and answer any questions you may have.

It’s a confidential information service for people bereaved or affected by suicide in Greater Manchester, no matter how long it’s been since the person died.

Call 0161 983 0700 or email sb.is@nhs.net

(Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm excluding bank holidays).

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