Rethink Mental Illness’s new Black Country Support After Suicide service launches on the 1st June. The service will provide support for next of kin and close family members who are bereaved by suicide in the Black Country of any age including children and young people.When can I get support and how do I refer? Core opening hours are Monday – Friday 10am-6pm. Rethink can also provide support up to 8pm weekdays or at weekends, so that you can access them at a time that suits you best. They aim to make the referral process as easy as possible: You can complete a referral form and return this to them, or they can complete the form on your behalf following a conversation so they can understand your needs. To make a referral or to refer yourself, you can call or email them.
1:1 Practical and Emotional Support 1:1 support from a Suicide Bereavement Worker for 6 personalised weekly support sessions followed by fortnightly sessions with the option to extend support if needed. After your 1:1 sessions end, Rethink provide monthly check-in sessions for up to 6 months and they provide support on key anniversary dates.
Bereavement Counselling Rethink provide suicide bereavement counselling for between 6-8 weekly sessions with the option to extend to an additional 8 fortnightly sessions in needed. Their qualified counsellor is registered with the BACP.
Bereavement Peer support Groups Rethink provide a small number of closed support groups with a maximum of 6 participants. The group is facilitated by a Suicide Bereavement Worker and a volunteer with lived experience of bereavement by suicide. Groups will last for 12 weekly sessions, lasting 1-1.5 hours.