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Diocesan support for survivors of bereavement by suicide

The Diocese of Carlisle is supporting a special focus group which helps those people who’ve lost a loved one to suicide.

It comes as a special open meeting takes place this week at Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

Cumbria is part of a European project called Euregenas which is all about suicide prevention and support for survivors.

The Carlisle focus group, and others to be held across the county later in the year, has been arranged as part of that project.

The Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, has welcomed the initiative.

He said: “It’s vital that those people whose lives have been impacted by suicide know there is a loving, caring support network around them to help.

“We, as church communities, will always be there to offer that help, to listen and to demonstrate Christian love and understanding when people need it most.

“And it’s wonderful to know that we can work with others to help those who have been bereaved by suicide when they need it most.”

Organisers of the local branch of the National Charity, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), will be facilitating the meeting.

SOBS is a self-help group which provides support and advice across the county for those who have experienced loss due to suicide.

John Brown, group facilitator at SOBS, said: “If you have been affected by suicide we want to meet you and hear what your experience was of the support you received at the time of losing a loved one and since.

“Your experience can make a difference to how services are developed in Cumbria and across Europe.

“This is also a really good opportunity to meet other people who have been affected, to share experience and to support each other.”

The open meeting at Tullie House in Carlisle will be held from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 8th February.

It will be repeated in the west and south of the county later in the year.

People wanting to know more can contact John Brown on 07572 975721 or e-mail

Notes to editors

Euregenas (European Regions Enforcing Actions Against Suicide) is a three years project, which has received funding from the European Union under the Public Health Programme 2008-2013. The overall objective of the EUREGENAS project is to contribute to the prevention of suicidality (suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and suicide) in Europe through the development and implementation of strategies for suicide prevention at regional level that can be of use to the European Community as examples of good practice.

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