A free service offering support to those affected by suicide has launched in Sheffield.
Amparo, delivered by the Listening Ear Charity, will provide one-on-one and advice for anyone who has been touched by the life changing issues.
Paul Etherington, Marketing and Development Officer for the project, said: “We are pleased that the service has been commissioned by the NHS for people living in Sheffield.
“It is free to use and will offer individual support to anyone who has been affected by suicide.
“Amparo is not offering a counselling service but it will provide emotional and practical support.”
The new project is supported by South Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Group and Sheffield City Council.
George Lindars-Hammond, Cabinet member for Health and Social Care at the City Council, said: “Amparo is a welcome addition to the bereavement services we provide in the city.
“With dedicated support to people affected by suicide, those who have lost loved ones will be able to receive specific practical help at the most difficult traumatic time and when needed the very most.”
Steve Thomas, Clinical Director (Mental Health) of NHS Sheffield, revealed someone dies by suicide every 10 days in the city. Suicide affects all age groups and communities.
He said: “Few people escape being touched by the devastating effects of suicidal behaviour in their lifetime.
“If suicide does happen then by working with Amparo and Listening Ear, we hope to provide better care, support and crucial information to those bereaved or affected by that suicide in a timely and accessible way.”
The details of Amparo and information about the support they offer will be shared with all frontline workers who are most likely to be in contact with those affected by a suspected suicide including the coroner’s officers, GPs, firefighters, paramedics and police officers.
The support can be accessed by calling 0330 088 9255 or by visiting their website at www.listening-ear.co.uk/amparo/.
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