New resource available to support people who witness a suicide

Orange background with white linear illustration of a hand and text reads "Making sense of lasting memories and emotions after the suicide of someone you didn't know."

Research suggests that around a third of suicides take place outside the home, in a public location. This means that the impact of suicide can reach far beyond friends and family to those who may have been at, or first to, the location.

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership and Thrive LDN, have teamed up with charities Grassroots Suicide Prevention and the Support after Suicide Partnership (SASP) to develop First Handa resource for anyone affected by witnessing a suicide, when they did not know the person who has died.

First Hand aims to support people to make sense of their physical and psychological reactions after what is a traumatic and shocking experience. It has been developed together with people with lived experience, both in their day to day lives and in their professional duties. 

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If you are affected by the suicide of a family member, friend, colleague, or classmate, you may find more relevant advice here.