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Have your say on local suicide bereavement services – Herts and West Essex residents

Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Systems (ICS) are committed to working in partnership in delivering high standards of care and improving the health and well-being of the population we serve.
Between 2017-19 over 350 suicides took place in Hertfordshire and West Essex. The impacts of suicide can be wide-reaching, and for this reason, we are inviting anyone who has been affected by suicide to consider taking part in our survey. The purpose of the survey is to help us improve our understanding of the needs and support that is required by those effected by suicide bereavement.

The closing date for responding to this survey is 19 November 2021.
If you would like to be part of a small focus group to help shape the new service, and have your say, please email SuicidePreventionHerts@hertfordshire.gov.uk
The experience and stories of those with lived experience of suicide bereavement are vital in shaping the future of our services.

Anyone who has been bereaved or affected by suicide, or needs to talk to someone, is urged to contact either the Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org, or the SoBS National helpline on 0300 111 5065 or email email.support@uksobs.org
A list of useful links which can help to support you can also be found at www.hopeagain.org.uk/hope-again-useful-links.

Please be aware that we will ask you some questions that may trigger distressing and difficult emotions for anyone who has experienced or been affected by a death by suicide. There are no right or wrong answers, and you do not have to answer all the questions if you feel uncomfortable. If you feel unable to continue at any point, please give as much, or as little, information that you feel able to give, and stop the survey at any time if the questions make you feel uncomfortable. We are grateful for any information you are able to provide.

This survey is for adults 18+. There are alterative surveys for 11-18 years olds and Under 11s which are available on different links.

1. Following your bereavement from suicide, when and what were the most challenging times for you?


2. Please tell us in your own words what helped you most when you were bereaved or affected by suicide.


3. Please tell us what, if anything, could have been done or handled differently?


4. Please tell us whether you feel you received the support you needed from the following sources:

No supportLittle supportModerate supportStrong supportVery strong supportN/A
Friends and family
GP surgery
Coroner's Office
Mental Health Services
Voluntary Community Organisation or charity
Place of Worship
Other (please state below)

5. Please tell us how important you feel the following support is:

Very importantImportantModerately importantSlightly importantNot important
Emotional support
Practical support
Bereavement counselling
Other (please state below)

6. It is proposed that as part of the support service those bereaved or affected by a suicide would be contacted as soon as possible after the death has occurred. At what stage after the loss do you feel this contact should be made?


7. For how long after the loss should this support be available?


8. Do you think support should be offered in a group, an individual or a family setting? Please tick all that apply


9. What do you think are the best ways for bereavement support to be offered? Please tick all that apply


10. We would like your thoughts on how we can improve how we respond to suicide as a community. Please could you tell us what you feel is most needed from those around you when you are bereaved or affected by suicide.


11. Is there anything else you would like to add, that has not been covered in previous questions?