Hundreds of people die by suicide every year in Wales but help is now at hand in the form of a useful guide launched on Thursday 20 June.
Bereavement by suicide or other sudden unexplained death can be particularly difficult for people, who often need both practical and emotional support in dealing with their loss. “Help is at Hand” Cymru has been produced as a useful self-help guide for people living and working in Wales. The guide includes sections on practical matters, experiencing bereavement, sources of support and how friends and colleagues can help. It will be sent to various people who come into contact with those bereaved through suicide such as funeral directors, General Practitioners, the police and coroner’s officers and it will be available free of charge on the Public Health Wales website.
Development of Help is at Hand was led by Dr Ann John, Chair of the National Advisory Group on Suicide and Self-harm Prevention. Janette Bourne, Director of Cruse Cymru and a member of the Advisory Group attended the launch.
Launching “Help is at Hand” Cymru Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services said:
"I would like to congratulate Public Health Wales and the National Advisory Group on Suicide for developing this excellent resource. It will provide invaluable solace and support to those who need it the most – those who find themselves in the tragic position of having lost a loved one through suicide.
"I am also pleased that the guide contains a section offering help for healthcare professionals as well. They too – nurses, GPs, psychiatrists and ambulance staff – can be affected by such deaths and it is right they have access to support. It can be equally demanding for our frontline staff to support those bereaved and many need help doing so."
For more information and links to the publication see the press release.