A group run by people bereaved by suicide for people bereaved by suicide. Not a bereavement counselling group but a safe, confidential, non-judgemental, friendly place to sit, have a brew and talk or just to listen. A group which we hope will be defined by all who attend.

No matter how far you are down your own path, on the second Tuesday of every month this new support group offers a space to have a chat and be with others who are going through the same as you. 

How do we learn to live with bereavement by suicide?

Given the stigma and the taboo around the subject, one thing that can really help is talking to others who are in a similar situation. Talking has great value and can bring comfort. This group hopes to create a place to talk safely, confidentially, openly and without judgement. No awkwardness, just comfortable talk about suicide. 

Tony Harrison

Tony is from Darwen and lost his only child Vicky to suicide in 2010. Tony is a trustee of PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide, who exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives. Tony campaigns to raise awareness of suicide and to help shatter the myths and stigma through both local and national press and media. Tony also sits on the Blackburn with Darwen Suicide Prevention Strategy Group and has been instrumental in setting up this new support group at Care Network Hub. 

So, you’re bereaved by suicide, what do you do now? A question I asked myself. I’m still lost, still wondering why, still bewildered, still hurting, still cry, still grieving. I continue to ask myself, 'how could this happen?', I lost my only child to suicide in 2010, eight years ago now but it could just as easily have been last week. It isn’t something I will ever “get over” but, with help and support, I can learn to live with it, hopefully you can too. It’s tough, it hurts but we CAN learn to live with it.

Families Health and Wellbeing Consortium 

Supporting organisations to provide wellbeing for all across the North West.

When, what time and where? 

Poster for support group for people bereaved by suicideTime: 7pm - 9pm

When: Second Tuesday of each month including... 

10 July | 14 August | 11 September | 9 October 

Where? Care Network Hub, 9 Town hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG - opposite Blackburn Central Library (map below)  

The session is a drop in and you don't need to book a place.

Would you like to know more? If you'd like to know more or speak to someone before you come to the group please call Angela on 01254 503205 / 07717 530621 or Tony on 07486 074 561. 

Download the leaflet here