What Suffolk SoBS Provides

Suffolk SoBS Group Leader :-

• Enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service)
• Monthly supervision
• Committed to on- going training

Suffolk SoBS is dedicated to providing a non-variable service to survivors in Suffolk. Using feedback from our survivors at group meetings we are in the unique position to take that information to all those first on the scene including the police, coroners office and long term providers like the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. As we have evolved in Suffolk so has our service and we seek to provide a cost effective and comprehensive support package specifically tailored to the needs of a survivor. The aim is to alleviate isolation, reduce secondary suicides and offer a service with no waiting list.

On a county level we offer:

  • Indefinite and free support, where the expertise most valued is not clinical but based on personal experience
  • Email and telephone support is available 7 days a week
  • Free access to a library of books
  • We remember and mark the anniversary of a person’s death
  • Suffolk SoBS has three support groups located at Bury St. Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft
  • On request we signpost survivors
  • Guest speakers are invited to talk about specific challenges, post suicide
  • Survivors are encouraged to network with each other to alleviate isolation
  • We communicate regularly with all our survivors by block email
  • We give presentations to providers and other charities on request
  • We attend an annual service of remembrance dedicated to survivors bereaved by suicide
  • We encourage survivors to co-produce social and fundraising events – please note informal events will not be appropriate for new survivors who are still in shock and traumatised but may offer hope for the future

At group meetings survivors are taught:

  • To identify the differences between suicide bereavement and other grief
  • Encouraged to develop their own coping strategies and reinforce them in times of crisis
  • The importance of keeping themselves safe
  • Explore reasons why they may be stuck in their grief
  • Listening to others can be a yardstick for survivors when assessing their own grief
  • Relieve isolation
  • To bring hope

On a national level we offer:

  • A helpline manned by survivors for survivors 7 days a week (9am – 9pm) offering support throughout the UK
  • A national website giving information on all things related to suicide
  • The publication of a bi-annual magazine free to all survivors
  • Retreats organised by survivors including spiritual, health or pampering weekends spent with other survivors