1. New Website Design

    Merrywidow has been given a major facelift in order to bring it up to date, and also to ensure it is fit for purpose for many years to come. I hope you will enjoy the new features and look forward to receiving any comments you might have.

  2. Support after suicide

    The Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP) is the UK’s national hub for organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide.

    You can find help and support by visiting

  3. Facing the Future

    Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care are running their next set of free support groups for people bereaved by suicide starting in May 2016.

    The groups which last for six weeks, will take place in Southend, Tyneside, Devon, Coventry and central London.

    The central London group begins on 14 June and a second Tyneside group starts on 14 September.

    The groups will be jointly led by experienced Samaritans and Cruse volunteers who have received specialist training to help those bereaved by suicide.

    Each group has places for eight people. The aim is to provide support for people bereaved by suicide and allow them to meet others who have had similar experiences.

    The groups are open to anyone over 18, and each session will run from 7-9.30pm, last for 90 minutes and run once a week for six consecutive weeks.

    Anyone interested can register online and they can attend even if they are already receiving other support. Within two working days after they have registered they will get a phone call giving them relevant information about the group.

    In June 2014, Facing the Future was given three years of funding by the Department of Health to run groups in pilot areas around the UK.

    For more information call 0208 939 9560 or visit

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