Suicide Bereavement Online Services provided by Support After Suicide, in Melbourne Australia
Please, no derogatory comments about my anorak on the photo! I have got to say we have had a lot of rain whilst we have been in Australia, it is a wonder I have not got webbed feet. Anyway, back to my blog.
Support After S uicide (SAS) charity, based in Melbourne Australia have developed and manage a website that has been created to provide a safe and secure online community for people bereaved by suicide. SAS have provided this service for two years and is monitored by the manager of SAS. Individuals have to register and be accepted by the charity before they can access the system. Currently, they have 368 registered users. The majority of people using this service are aged between 25-44 years.
The service has been designed so that individuals can talk together as a group or choose to talk privately to individuals online. SAS also provide a topic of the week for the online community to discuss collectively.
For more information about Support after Suicide click on the link below.
Suicide Bereavement Online Services in the UK
It might be that adults bereaved by suicide in the UK might like to have access to a similar service, especially those who are unable to attend self-help groups or who would find it daunting meeting people face to face. I am aware that Trish Thomas from the Gloucestershire Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) group is currently trying to develop an online service. I am hoping that Trish reads this post so that she can inform us of her progress. Is there anyone else in the UK developing similar online services? If so, it would be good to hear from you and learn how you are progressing.