A new Lincoln support group for people who have been bereaved by suicide will be launched by Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) sponsored By Shine (Lincolnshire)
The Lincoln SOBS group is the first in Lincolnshire with a view to start two additional groups to extend the support offered throughout the area.
SOBS was launched in 1991 and provides free and 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.
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 group will be launched on Wednesday 4 March with an open evening at Voluntary Centre Services, 16-26 Tentercroft Street, Lincoln LN5 7DB.
Supporters and stakeholders are invited to come and meet the volunteers, SOBS staff and each other to understand better what the group will be and how it can be contacted. The meeting will be open from 6pm to 7.30pm and refreshments will be provided.
SOBS in Lincolnshire is formed through the project Excellence in Peer Support, which is funded by the Mental Illness Prevention Fund (MIPF) as part of the Managed Care Network supported by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lincolnshire County Council
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