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National suicide bereavement charity launches West Norfolk support group
16/02/2015

A national charity is launching a West Norfolk support group for people who have been bereaved by suicides.

The charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) was launched in 1991 and will launch a group in King's Lynn on 25 February.

The service provided by SOBS is free and offers indefinite support those people bereaved by suicide. 

Each year in the UK, more than 6,000 people take their own life – each suicide has a devastating and lasting impact on their families, friends and communities.

The King's Lynn group follows the successful launch of a SoBS group in North Walsham in April 2014.

Jacqui Page, Norfolk group leader, who has herself sadly been bereaved by suicide, said: "I feel privileged to support survivors in Norfolk. Our new King's Lynn group will help us provide support and friendship for survivors in West Norfolk."

Faced with a sudden, often unexpected and sometimes violent death, the bereaved experience a complex grief that typically includes strong feelings of guilt, self-reproach and questioning.   

Those bereaved by suicide often feel isolated at a time when they are hurting, suffering mental anguish and are vulnerable themselves to thoughts of suicide.  

Even those fortunate enough to have strong support networks can still feel alone, unable to share their true feelings for fear of their impact on others, particularly when they are also in a caring role for others who are bereaved.

There are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who have been deeply affected by suicide.   The emotional, quality of life and financial impacts are long lasting and wide reaching.  

The launch is being supported by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, The Matthew Project, Norfolk Constabulary and Healthwatch Norfolk.

Gary Page, Chairman of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Suicides do leave a terrible emotional legacy for family and friends and it's a tragic life event that can be difficult to come to terms with. The work of SOBS is crucial. We are committed to working with them to ensure we provide appropriate and consistent support for survivors and we welcome the opportunity to support the formation of this new group in King's Lynn."

The launch of the Norfolk SOBS group takes place at the West Norfolk Professional Development Centre, School House, Kilham's Way, King's Lynn PE30 2HU from 5pm to 7.30pm. To book please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/SOBSNO