Dr. Isabelle Hunt and Dr. Sharon McDonnell will be presenting findings from the National Suicide Bereavement report at The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Suicide and Self-harm Prevention meeting on 23 March. Dr. Sharon McDonnell led a national suicide bereavement survey on behalf of the University of Manchester and The Support After Suicide Partnership. 7,158 people completed the survey, making it the largest suicide bereavement survey internationally. The findings generated national and international interest.
Presenting findings from this report, to the APPG, is timely especially when two documentaries were aired on TV, last week, about suicide and its impact on the bereaved. Roman Kemp shared his vulnerabilities around losing his friend to suicide, to help others, reduce stigma and to influence change in a BBC documentary. Presenting the Collective Voice of 7, 158 people bereaved/affected by suicide to politicians at the APPG meeting is a step in the right direction to keep the momentum going.
Suicide Bereavement UK commissioned Jenny Berry to write two poems about suicide bereavement, to open and close their international conference. Please help raise awareness of the National Suicide Bereavement Report by sharing these poems widely to help people understand the vulnerability and needs of those bereaved/affected by suicide.
The first poem is entitled ‘They Say Nout’ and focuses on stigma:
The second poem is entitled ‘In it Together’ and focuses on hope: