Help is at hand: support after someone may have died by suicide in Northern Ireland (English and translations)

cover of Help is at Hand booklet

The purpose of this booklet is to provide practical guidance and emotional support following a possible death by suicide. It considers the range of feelings and reactions that may be experienced following an unexpected death, and offers advice on how to cope in the immediate aftermath of a bereavement and in the weeks, months and years following. It examines the issues that may arise for people with a particular relationship to the person who has died, and also provides guidance on how to support someone who has been bereaved. The booklet also includes information on the official procedures following a death by suicide, outlines practical matters that may need dealt with afterwards, and highlights other local sources of information and support.

Additional information

Further support is available through your GP or by contacting your local Bereaved by Suicide Support Service:

Trust name

Council areas

Contact name


Western HSCT

Omagh & Fermanagh

Limavady, Derry City & Strabane

Ruairi ONeill 

Fidelis Simpson

Jennifer Sharkey

Mob: 078 4156 9000

Mob: 073 8541 4442

Northern HSCT

Causeway Coast & Glens

Mid-Ulster (parts)

Mid and East Antrim

Antrim & Newtownabbey

Danielle Gallagher

Nuala McLoughlin

Mob: 077 9563 3916

Mob: 073 8539 3912

Tel: 028 9441 3544


Belfast HSCT

Belfast City

Darren Whiteside

Tel: 02895044471

Mob: 07385957572

South Eastern HSCT

Lisburn & Castlereagh

Ards & North Down

Fiona Dagg

Tel: 028 4461 1797

Mob: 077 3885 1807

Southern HSCT

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon

Newry, Mourne & Down

Mid-Ulster (parts)

Gemma Maher

Tel: 028 3756 4461

Mob: 078 2562 7133


56 pages, 17.5x24.9cm, booklet
Target group
People who have been bereaved by suicide