SOBS was founded in 1991 by Alice Middleton MBE following the death of her brother. Finding little support available, she placed an advert in her local paper seeking to make contact with others who had been bereaved by suicide. She started the first support group from her living room in Hull.
It is only national charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide with 150 volunteers across the UK who have nearly all have been touched by suicide themselves, enabling them to connect with others.
Each year in the UK, more than 6000 people take their own life – each suicide has a devastating and lasting impact on their families, friends and communities.
SOBS exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide. As a self-help organisation and they aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. There is a support group in Norwich
National Helpline 0300 111 5065 9am to 9pm every day