Suicide - coping with loss
Losing someone you care about to suicide is devastating and can make you feel many different ways. This section looks at what support is available when someone you know has taken their own life. It also provides information about investigations that may happen after someone has taken their own life.
- Losing someone to suicide can make you feel overwhelming shock and grief. You can get support from people who understand what you are going through.
- When someone dies, they may leave behind practical things you will need to help sort out, such as money matters. You may be able to speak to a money adviser who can talk through any financial issues resulting from a death, including debt.
- When someone has taken their own life, there may be an inquest which looks at where, when and how the person died. We have a factsheet with more information on inquests.
- You might feel that mental health services did not provide enough support to your friend or relative before they died. You could make a complaint or there may be a case for clinical negligence. We have factsheets with more information on both of these options.
This section covers:
- Coping with grief
- Where can I go for emotional support?
- Where can I go for practical support?
- What investigations will there be?
- How can I help someone who has lost a friend or relative to suicide?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2016. Next review April 2019.
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