Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Parental bereavement leave, news and research - 13/09/2018

Speakers confirmed for Cardiff child bereavement seminar
We are delighted to confirm a number of speakers for our upcoming 'Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people' seminar, which will be held in Cardiff on Thursday 22 November 2018.

Delegates at this event will be given practical insights into the impact that bereavement can have on young people, and guidance on supporting and communicating with bereaved children. 
Speakers confirmed include:
  • Rhian Burke, Founder and Chief Executive, 2 Wish Upon a Star
  • Erica Brown, Lecturer in Early Childhood, University of Worcester
  • Alison Thomas, Children and Young Peoples Service and Development Manager, Cruse Wales
GET INVOLVED: Find out more and book your place today.
Parental bereavement leave
The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Bill has now achieved Royal Assent, and has been officially enshrined in law. The new Act grants the workplace right to 2 weeks' paid leave to employed parents who have been bereaved of a child aged under 18, or suffered a miscarriage after 24 weeks. The law is expected to take effect from 2020. Read more.
News and research
Suicide bereavement: The official 2017 UK suicide figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have revealed that rates of suicide among men are at their lowest since 1981. However, although rates of male suicide are falling, men still account for three-quarters of suicides in the UK. Read more.
Bereavement support: A new study has considered the impact of bereavement support on families of deceased Intensive Care Unit patients, finding that bereavement care helped reduce prolonged grief. Read more.

Suicide prevention: Universities UK, alongside young person's suicide prevention charity Papyrus UK, have published a new guidance resource, to help university leaders prevent student suicide. Read more.

Bereavement and loneliness: Cruse Bereavement UK, in collaboration with the British Red Cross and Co-op, have launched new support groups across the UK, to help people facing loneliness after bereavement. Read more.
Initiative - World Suicide Prevention Day 
As part of World Suicide Prevention Day 2018, a number of public figures have signed a letter calling for the media to help lead the way in changing how suicide is discussed, and to encourage responsible reporting of suicide. 

The letter has been signed by over 130 cross-party politicians, authors, journalists and campaigners.
GET INVOLVED: Find out more and read the letter.
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