Our vision and work

The Support after Suicide Partnership was founded to change the support people impacted by suicide receive in the UK. We are on a mission to ensure every area of the country has an excellent suicide bereavement support service, which offers timely and appropriate support to anyone impacted by suicide. We campaign to make suicide bereavement support an ongoing national and local priority, and we work with our nationwide network of organisations to achieve our vision:

We believe that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered timely and appropriate support.

Our Work

Everything we do s driven by making sure that there is brilliant suicide bereavement support in every area of the UK. We are a membership organisation, and add value to members’ lives by making them better and easier, encouraging them to set the global standard for suicide bereavement support. All of our work is supported by a compelling case for the need for suicide bereavement support.

Increasing the capacity for support

We believe there needs to be proactive (the service reaches out the people impacted) services throughout the country, co-ordinated by a central point of information and signposting to services.

We work closely with NHS England on their Long Term Plan to ensure that every area of England has a proactive suicide bereavement support service, which means those most impacted are offered support within 72 hours of a death by possible suicide. We developed and run an Implementation Plan, and a Central Hub of information, resources and support.

Connecting organisations and stakeholders

When a suicide happens, it impacts whole communities. Therefore, the response needs to be community-wide too. We work to ensure infrastructure in the UK is fit-for-purpose to provide or signpost to appropriate support, and there is a universally appropriate response to people bereaved by suicide.

Ensuring service provision is sustainable

We work to ensure there are robust frameworks which enable services to know where they are on their journey to excellence at any point in time, and how SASP might support this journey. We support services to be recognised as integral parts of their communities, and good value for commissioners. We support them to exceed their own standards of service delivery.

It is important that our SASP network is at the forefront of best practice and current thinking. That there is a universal understanding of the need for suicide bereavement support, and what excellence looks like.

Our Values

We believe that it’s not the just change that happens that’s important, it is also the way that change is achieved. Our values reflect how we work and are shared by our network. We always strive to meet the highest ethical standards, and to always be:

Connective

We are a network that brings people together around a common goal. We provide opportunities for people to connect to others in the field, to strengthen their networks

Collaborative

We facilitate and encourage cross-sector organisations to work together towards our Vision. We provide opportunities for organisations to learn from each other, share best practice, and be part of a wider conversation

Inclusive

We believe anyone impacted by suicide should be offered timely and appropriate support; regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, wealth, background, the way they are impacted, or any other personal factor.We welcome organisations big and small, who share our values, to work with us to achieve our vision. We put lived experience at the heart of our work.

Progressive

We actively guide and encourage people to grow on their journey to be the best they can be. We drive change in UK policy and infrastructure to raise the profile and awareness of how to support people impacted by suicide

Supportive

We give people the resources to provide excellent services, and support them on their journey to quality practice