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Introducing First Hand: Support for People who Witness a Suicide

Grassroots have developed a new resource to support people who witnessed a suicide of someone they did not know.

Research suggests that around a third of suicides take place outside the home, in a public location. This means that the impact of suicide can reach far beyond friends and family to those who may have been at, or first to, the location.
First Hand is a free online resource for anyone affected by witnessing a suicide, when they did not know the person who has died. This may be because someone happened to be at a particular location, or because their job involves responding to these incidents.

We developed First Hand in partnership with The Sussex Health and Care Partnership, Thrive LDN, and the Support after Suicide Partnership.

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “The effect of a close experience of suicide is profound, traumatic and life changing, and can lead to a reduction in ability to function and work. Helping those affected is all our responsibility and First Hand gives effective, practical advice for anyone who has witnessed this distressing and disturbing event.

Thank you for your ongoing support,
The Grassroots Team