The SAIL project offers support for people who have been bereaved by suicide.

Those bereaved by suicide are significantly at risk of dying by suicide compared to the general population. Hence, the importance and need of this project.

It greatly focuses on supporting an individual in the immediacy of their loss, both emotionally and practically.

Our liaison worker will be able to reach out to offer support within a 4 –day period of the referral.


 


 

“Suicide bereavement is multi-faceted and has been succinctly described as grief with the volume turned up”

Winston’s Wish (2011)


 


 

Meet the Team


 

Hayley Gerrard - Suicide Bereavement Liaison Worker

I’ve always been a keen advocate of breaking down the barriers and stigma and getting people to talk about their mental health so it’s great to be able to work for a charity like Norfolk and Waveney Mind who believe that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone.

I wish this service had been available to me 25 years ago, so it’s very rewarding for me now to be able to help those who find themselves in a similar situation. I have recently been referred to by clients as a “warm blanket” and “the brightness at the end of a dark tunnel” - it’s comments like these that make me proud to be making a positive impact on those I come in contact with and what motivates me to do the work I do.


 

Steve Freeman - Suicide Bereavement Liaison Worker

A great thing about working for Norfolk and Waveney Mind is that you have a real sense of actually making a positive difference to the quality of lives of the many people who access our service.
 
Being part of the support provided to individuals and families after a death by Suicide is often a unique privilege. To then help them navigate through the coming weeks and months to live their lives alongside of this terribly difficult time, and see first hand the unbelievable resilience shown by so many people.


 

Agi Huszcza - Complex Bereavement Service Manager

The best thing about working at an organisation like MIND is the wonderful and dedicated people with whom I work. As a mental health charity we are able to listen and respond to the need of the community when it comes to setting up new support services.

Speaking openly and candidly about the importance of mental health and making sure that no one is going through mental health struggles on their own.


 

What support is offered?

Support is person centred and will depend on the need of the particular individual. This could be things such as:

- Providing a listenting ear

- Liaising with Coroner’s office, Police, funeral directors etc.

- Explaining legal proceedings

- Signposting and navigating around other sources of support that are available locally

- Emotional and moral support prior to and during the inquest


 


 

Who can access SAIL?

The Sail project is available to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in Norfolk and Waveney area. The majority of our referrals come from Coroner’s office, however we do accept referrals from other agencies and self- referrals.

Get in touch

If you like to know more about The Sail Project, please contact us on bereavement.liaison@norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk

Great Yarmouth Office

28-31 Deneside
Great Yarmouth
Norfolk
NR30 3AX
Tel: 0300 330 5488

 

Norwich Office

50 Sale Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR7 9TP
Tel: 0300 330 5488
 

King's Lynn Office

Saunders Yard
King's Lynn
Norfolk
PE30 1PH
Tel: 0300 330 5488
 

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