On World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September), City of York Council welcomes the introduction of a new group for survivors of bereavement by suicide (SOBS), with its first meeting taking place the following week.
A nationwide charity established in 1991, SOBS groups are all about bringing people together that have lost loved ones to suicide and help them overcome the isolation experienced by those bereaved or personally affected by suicide.
SOBS York group, which is volunteer-led, will launch on Wednesday 19 September at 7.00 pm in the cafe in St Pauls Church, Holgate Road, York, YO24 4BF. It will then hold sessions on the third Wednesday of every month at 7pm.
Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “I would like to thank all those volunteers involved for their work in setting up this group which can provide invaluable support for those bereaved by suicide.”
“The loss of a loved one through suicide can have a devastating impact. It is important that those bereaved in this way have a safe space to meet others with similar experiences and help each other, rather than suffer alone. I give this group my full support.”
Alex Sutcliffe from SOBS York, said: “We are hugely grateful to City of York Council for its support helping us to establish SOBS York.
“Being bereaved by suicide at the age of 14, it has always stayed with me that there was no help that we knew of back in the 1980s.
“I am immensely proud to be able to set up this local group with two friends – also bereaved by suicide – to help those suffering. In this safe space, people bereaved in this way can meet others informally, have a coffee and share their feelings and experiences.”
All are welcome to attend the group and anyone wanting more information can visit https://uksobs.org/about/who-we-are/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call its helpline from 9am to 9pm on 0300 111 5065.