Year: 2017 Source: Leeds, UK: Leeds Beckett University, [2017?]. 40 p. SIEC No: 20170557

Mental health and suicide remain a major cause of concern. Suicide is known to have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of those bereaved including placing them at increased risk of suicide. Furthermore, suicide bereavement has been shown to have some specific characteristics and to have a greater impact on mental health and wellbeing, including the risk of suicide, than other forms of bereavement. Given the importance and significance of this impact, previous work has been undertaken nationally and internationally to support those bereaved by suicide and this shows positive results on various outcome measures. However, a gap has also been previously identified between the need and desire for such support and its availability. The Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service was established in June 2015 in recognition of this need and to help fill this gap.