The site can also be used for teaching health professionals, members of the police force, coroners' officers, counsellors and others, to help them understand the perspective of those bereaved by suicide.
Department of Health guide is aimed at the wide range of people who
are affected by suicide or other sudden, traumatic death. It contains
information about procedures which will be involved after the death,
including the coroner's inquest, and about the feelings and emotions
that bereaved people may experience. Suggestions for how to cope are
given, including details about sources of support, with contact details
of helping organisations and pointers to useful reading material.
The booklet 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.
The guide can be downloaded as a pdf from the Department of Health website or below:
Download Help is at Hand (PDF, 1233K)
Hard copies can be ordered free of charge (Quote302314/Help is at Hand) from:
DH Publications Orderline
PO Box 777
London SE1 6XH
Tel: 0300 123 1002
Minicom: 0300 123 1003
We recently conducted an evaluation of Help is at Hand. The report can be downloaded as a pdf
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