Despite the love and support of their family and friends, sadly some people will still die by suicide
Nothing can truly prepare you for the news that someone you love or care for has taken their own life. You will experience all sorts of feelings including guilt and anger. You may even feel suicidal yourself.
A very good resource is a booklet called After A Suicide (link opens a different website).
This booklet, produced by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), covers a range of topics, including feelings and emotions people may experience after losing a loved one to suicide; practical issues and the kinds of things which might happen after a suicide and it gives contact details for sources of help and support.
Other sources of support
- Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide help to break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. They offer telephone support, self-help groups and information
- Petal offer specialised support services for the families and friends of people who have died by suicide or murder
- Cruse Scotland offers support to people who have been bereaved. 0845 600 2227
- Samaritans can be there for you too. Open 24 hours a day just to listen on 08457 90 90 90
Can Action on Depression help you?
We are here to provide emotional support and help so if you feel it would help to talk to us, please get in touch. Email Action on Depression if you’d like some information on where to go.