Side by Side support groups give you the opportunity on Zoom to meet others in Cumbria who have lost someone to suicide and share your experiences and feelings.
Each support group is run by two trained facilitators from Every Life Matters and the groups run once a week over six consecutive weeks, with each session lasting for 90 minutes. There are a maximum of seven participants in each group and sessions are free of charge. You may attend their support groups even if you are already receiving other types of support from them or other organisations.
They suggest you join a group where you can attend at least five of the six sessions to help you get the most out of the experience. Please note that all participants must be able to attend the first session. You must be over 18 to join a group and have lost someone to suicide over three months ago.
Side by Side groups are based on the Facing the Future service developed by Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Support to help support people who have been bereaved by suicide. Group facilitators have been trained by Samaritans and Cruse to run these group in Cumbria.