Shropshire MHS is a mental health charity, we provide a range of services for people experiencing mental or emotional distress. We have recently set up a bereavement service providing practical and emotional support to people living in Shropshire who have been affected by a sudden unexplained death or suicide.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

We provide direct support to people affected by suicide and sudden unexplained death, thereby also aiming to prevent suicide in this at-risk group. We are part of the Shropshire suicide prevention action group. The organisation as a whole provides support around mental health and wellbeing, which includes suicide prevention work.

What are your current priorities?

The suicide bereavement service began in February 2021, so current priorities are ensuring that the service is fully established and accessible, and establishing a real time surveillance (RTS) system to provide accurate and swift intelligence to be able to connect with those affected.

What challenges are you currently facing?