Please register your interest now at: www.facingthefuturegroups.org.
Facing the Future has been developed by Samaritans and& Cruse Bereavement Care to help support people who have been bereaved by suicide. Cruse Services have been working with their Samaritans counterparts to offer these groups since 2015.
We currently have groups running across Devon, East Sussex, Essex, London, Newcastle, The West Midlands, South Wales and Yorkshire.
Facing the Future gives you the opportunity to meet others who have lost someone to suicide and share your experiences and feelings.
Facing the Future groups
Support groups run weekly for six consecutive weeks and last for 90 minutes with a maximum of eight participants. Groups are free of charge and are run by two trained volunteer facilitators from Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care.
Benefits of attending a Facing the Future group
People grieving because of suicide can feel very alone, suffering from a kind of loss they feel others may not understand. Even with supportive family and friends, participants find it helpful to talk with others who have experienced a similar loss.
Participants tell us they feel safe in the group. They’re free to express themselves with others who are also grieving as a result of suicide.
The group supports one another to come to conclusions that often lead to acceptance and increased hope for facing the future. Everyone who has taken part in a group has said they would recommend groups to others.
Participants feel they are listened to in a respectful environment. Even when people are sharing things they may never have said out loud before, there is a non-judgemental and supportive atmosphere.
You must be over 18 to join a group and have lost someone to suicide over three months ago. Many people experience shock when they lose someone and it can take several months before they are able to share and hear experiences in a group setting.
Our experience shows that people get more out of sessions if they don’t know other group members. This means it’s not possible to join one with a family member or friend. Each group will include people with differing experiences, backgrounds and relationships to the person who has died.
Please visit the Dedicated Facing the Future Website for Locations and Dates
Find out more
To find out more about the groups or to book a place, visit the Facing the Future website.
The Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP) is the UK’s national hub for organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide.
The Help is at Hand guide is produced by Public Health England and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.
The Help is at Hand Wales guide is produced by Public Health Wales and funded by the Welsh Government.
The guide (Cymorth wrth Law Cymru) is also available in Cymraeg.