World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 is here with the central aim of reducing suicides across the world, here on Merseyside there is a range of initiatives and memorials going on remembering those we have lost to suicide. Local charity Caring Connections is using today to raise awareness of the support needs of those bereaved through suicide as its found that these individuals are 3 times more likely to be affected by a recurrent suicide.

The charity based in Kirkby manages the Barbara Bettle Foundation. The Barbara Bettle Foundation was set up in 2019 to support individuals bereaved through suicide across the Liverpool city region.

Barbara Bettle was Huyton resident who sadly lost her life to suicide in November 2015 after a brief yet severe battle with anxiety / depression her death had devastating consequences on her family, friends, work colleagues and community.

The service has currently supported over 60 local individuals through one to one counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy, all services being totally free of charge and delivered in venues across the Merseyside region by professional counsellors.

Paul Growney CEO of Caring Connections said ‘Suicide is a devastating death which leads to a very complex bereavement process for all of those close to the individual. The impact of coroners, media, rumour mill and uncertainty often leads to great trauma and poor mental / emotional wellbeing. Our service has no waiting list and no cost and have demonstrated really positive outcomes of supporting these individuals. I would implore anyone in this position to please get in touch and we will try our very best to help.’

If you need help please call 0151 2892761 or email laura.brown@caringconnections.org.uk