Statement on BBC documentary 'Life After Suicide'

Fiona Malcolm, Samaritans’ Deputy Chief Executive said:

“The loss of a loved one brings about intense grief but when the death is by suicide the emotions experienced can differ considerably from those following other types of death.

“People bereaved by suicide are coping with loss, but also with painful questions as to why the suicide occurred. 

“Talking can really help people to begin to process and deal with these incredibly difficult feelings and Samaritans is here for anyone who is struggling to cope with such a loss.

“All those who are bereaved by suicide should be offered appropriate support. Samaritans has a partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care, operating in London, which offers support to people bereaved by suicide in a group setting. We are currently working on extending this pilot scheme to other parts of the country.

“Anyone who is struggling to cope, including those who have been affected by suicide, can contact Samaritans. We are here round the clock, every single day of the year, to listen and offer confidential support. People can contact us by phone on 08457 90 90 90, email jo@samaritans.org or find the details for your local branch.”