Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Child bereavement seminars, research and news - 26/02/16

Child Bereavement seminars:

Places are going fast on our Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars, and we would encourage any professionals interested in the events to sign up soon to avoid disappointment!

These events will be held on Thursday 30 June 2016 in Manchester, and Wednesday 13 July 2016 in London. The seminars provide an excellent training opportunity, and will feature sessions run by leading UK academics, representatives of charities Child Bereavement UK and Rainbows GB, and the opportunity to hear firsthand from a bereaved volunteer about how their children were affected by sudden death, and the support they received.

Attendance for this vital event will cost £71 + VAT per person. To book your place today complete our online form.

Bereavement and schizophrenia: A study using over 20 years of data from Sweden and Denmark has found that children who experienced the death of a first degree relative had a 39% higher risk of developing schizophrenia in later life. Read more.

Social media: In collaboration with Samaritans, Facebook have developed a Suicide Prevention tool for UK users. Versions of this feature have already been launched in Australia and the US. Read more.
This week's major discussion point:
The ONS have recently released the UK's 2014 suicide statistics, revealing an overall reduction of 2% in suicide rates. The statistics have received publicity as they included the deaths of children aged 10 - 14 for the first time. How can we best support those who lose a child to suicide, and what needs to be done to help bring the suicide rate down further in future?