Since January this year, 42 military personnel and veterans are reported to have taken their own lives. In response to these statistics, SSAFA is setting up a new, dedicated support service for families and friends affected by the suicide of a loved one.
Earlier this year SSAFA reported seeing an 11.26% increase in calls to Forcesline, a free and confidential helpline, from individuals linked to the Forces facing negative, sometimes suicidal, thoughts.
In an ongoing commitment to adapt to the needs of the modern Armed Forces community, SSAFA recognises that a loved one taking their own life requires a specific type of bereavement support – different from that following a death during conflict or after an accident.
SSAFA’s new support group will give individuals the opportunity to share experiences, information, advice and a chance to meet others in the same position. The first group will meet in early 2019 and is open to anyone in the family unit affected by this type of loss. (31st October 2018, ssafa news via Cobseo)