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Losing a loved one to suicide
Katrina Thomas

Losing a loved one to suicide

After the suicide of someone close to you, the first days and weeks can seem like a blur. Find information to help you in this tough time.

There may be a lot of information to take in. You may be experiencing intense shock and grief. This website has information to help you get through this tough time. This includes details about loss and grief, what you may be experiencing, practical matters and where to find support. 

Everyone’s situation is different and the information on this website can only address some of what you are experiencing. Sometimes it helps to talk to things over with other people - either those close to you or someone from one of the support organisations listed on this website.

Their website is run by the Mental Health Foundation on behalf of the Ministry of Health. It includes input from people with lived experience of suicide loss.  They acknowledge your loss and want to let you know you are not alone.     

Their website also has information for people who are supporting others bereaved by suicide - if that's you, kia ora. It can be hard to know what to say or do when you’re supporting someone who’s lost someone to suicide. Don't let fears about saying or doing the wrong thing stop you from reaching out. Let the person or whānau you’re supporting know you’re there to listen. Understand that everyone grieves differently. Offer to help in practical ways and maintain your support over time. This website is for you too - thank you for being here.  

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