World Mental Health Day – SoBS

This World Mental Health Day we have asked groups and organisations who work with those suffering with their mental health to put together a blog detailing who they are, what they do and the support they can offer to the individuals and communities in Milton Keynes.

Read more to find out about SoBS …

Who we are

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a national charity providing support for anyone over 18 who has been bereaved or impacted by a death by suicide. Our mission is to provide free peer support to adults bereaved by suicide in a timely and open-ended manner.

What we do and why we do it

A bereavement by suicide is very different from other forms of bereavement. Those who have been bereaved are 65% more likely to go on to have thoughts of suicide themselves so it is vital that we provide support as soon as practically possible. Our vision is that no one bereaved by suicide has to face their loss alone.

All our Volunteers are bereaved or impacted by suicide themselves and are therefore able to offer empathic support through shared, lived experience. We offer peer to peer support through the following services:

  • Face to face support groups
  • Telephone Support Line
  • Email support
  • Virtual groups – for anyone to join, from wherever they are in the UK
  • BereaveMENt – a virtual group for men only
  • Punjabi speaking Women’s group – virtual group

We have a support group in Milton Keynes which meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. If you would like to attend the group, please call 07598 158379 for further details.

Volunteering opportunities

We are always looking for new Volunteers to join us, anywhere in the country, so if you would like to know more about becoming a Volunteer, or if you would like further information about SoBS services and the training we can offer, please contact Sarah Rushworth, Volunteer Coordinator for the South, on 07904 487267. Please visit our website for more information.

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