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Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) is an organisation that exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. SOBS has a number of groups available across the UK. The groups aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other

SOBS offer emotional and practical support in a number of ways…

  • Confidential telephone helpline
  • Support information
  • Help by e-mail
  • Group meetings (in a number of locations)
  • One-day conferences
  • Residential events
  • Information relating to practical issues and problems

The Halton, St Helens and Warrington group is held centrally in St Helens, once a month on a Monday evening. 

Those wishing to attend the Halton/St Helens/Warrington group, can contact Lorraine or Anne on 07580 358 312 for further details. 

The nearest SOBS group to Oldham is held in Manchester (the exact location given upon ringing). The group meets the 1st Thursday of every month.Phone Toni on 07531 392 674.

The Bolton SOBS group meet the 3rd Thursday of every month. This is also the nearset group for residents who live in Wigan. To find out where the group meet, ring Janet and Noel on 01942 201 744 or Maria on 07391 540 763. You can also email

Help is at Hand is a guide is aimed at the wide range of people who are affected by suicide or other sudden, traumatic death. It aims firstly to help people who are unexpectedly bereaved in this way. It also provides information for healthcare and other professionals who come into contact with bereaved people, to assist them in providing help and to suggest how they themselves may find support if they need it. Download this guide by clicking here.


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