Support groups for people bereaved by suicide

Restrictions relating to COVID-19 mean that Facing the Future Groups are taking place online via Zoom for the coming year. 

The Facing the Future service has been developed by Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Support to help support people who have been bereaved by suicide. Facing the Future is managed and administered by Central London Samaritans.

Our support groups

Facing the Future support groups will give you the opportunity on Zoom to meet others who have lost someone to suicide and share your experiences and feelings. Each support group is run by two trained volunteer facilitators from Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Support 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 our support groups even if you are already receiving other types of support.

We 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.

To register your interest in joining a Facing the Future group on Zoom, please visit our 'Register' page.

What are the groups like?

Below are two short videos explaining what Facing the Future groups are like. The top video is by Rosie, one of our facilitators, with the bottom one by David, a former participant. 

Benefits of attending the groups

People who are grieving because of suicide can feel very alone, suffering from a kind of loss they feel others may not understand. Even with supportive family and friends, participants find it helpful to talk with others who have experienced a similar loss. Participants have told us how helpful it has been to be in a safe environment with people dealing exclusively with the same issue.    

Participants tell us they feel safe in the group. They’re free to express themselves with others who are also grieving as a result of suicide.    

The group supports one another to come to conclusions that often lead to acceptance and increased hope for facing the future. Everyone who has taken part in a group has said they would recommend groups to others.  

Participants feel they are listened to in a respectful environment. Even when people are sharing things they may never have said out loud before, there is a non-judgemental and supportive atmosphere.   

You must be over 18 to join a group and have lost someone to suicide over three months ago. Many people experience shock when they lose someone and it can take several months before they are able to share their experiences and hear the experiences of others in a group setting.

Each group will include people with differing experiences, circumstances, backgrounds and relationship to the person who has died.

Our experience shows that people get the most out of the sessions if they don’t know their fellow group members before the group starts. This means it’s not possible to participate in a support group with a family member or friend.

You can register your interest in attending our support groups by completing the online form on the  ‘Register’ page. 

For more information about Facing the Future, please take a look at our 'FAQ's' page. Alternatively you can email us at ftf@cls.org.uk or call 0207 758 0667 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as we can.