This is a specialist service developed to support adults over the age of 18 years who have been bereaved by suicide. The NHS in Cornwall has commissioned us to provide the service across the county.
We have trained professionals with expert knowledge, skills and experience in helping those who have been bereaved in this way. The type of support they provide includes: face-to-face contact with those who are left behind (family, loved ones or friends), information, practical support and guidance about the sorting out of personal affairs, as well as liaison with the Coroner's Office, the Police, media or faith groups where necessary.
It is open to adults over the age of 18 years who have been affected by suicide. If you or someone you know would like to access this free service you can call us direct on (01208) 871905, or referrals can be made by your GP/health professional.
The service also runs 8-week bereavement by suicide courses/groups across Cornwall. If you would like more information on these, call (01208) 871905 to find out when the next course is likely to be delivered in your area.
"I cannot believe how much Outlook South West has done for me since this tragedy happened, from almost immediate contact with the Suicide Liaison Service, to the best therapist I have ever encountered, to the professionalism of all the support staff. I am very grateful."
Service user feedback
We regularly advise people to take a look at a useful booklet which has been produced for people bereaved by suicide or other sudden, traumatic death. The guide brings together information and advice from a range of creditable sources and is endorsed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
You can download a PDF of the Help is at Hand booklet in the 'Additional Resources' section.
The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is a cross-sector, England wide coalition committed to reducing the number of suicides in England and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide. We are a membership organisation supporting the implementation of the national suicide prevention strategy.