Face-to-face support groups set up by leading mental health charity

Two new face-to-face support groups have been set up for people who have experienced suicide and self-harm Sandwell.

Leading mental health charity, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group currently offers a virtual suicide bereavement support group and a virtual support group for parents and carers of young people that self-harm and will begin offering face-to-face support groups from September.

Its Midlands Parent Self-Harm Support Group will provide a safe, supportive environment in a non-clinical setting, for those who are supporting someone who self-harms. Attendees can share their experience, their thoughts and meet others who are also supporting their loved ones.

The service will help people to understand self-harm, support conversation and manage their own wellbeing as well as offering several mindfulness activities.

Meanwhile, the Midlands Suicide Bereavement Support Group offers a space for people aged over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide to come together and talk openly about their experiences and receive support.

Melanie Griffin, Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Officer, said: “At Kaleidoscope, we understand that supporting someone who self-harms, can be really daunting. Self-harm can be very complex, and families may need support and reassurance which is why we’ve set up our face-to-face Midlands Parent Self-Harm Support Group.

“Suicide knows no social, ethnic or cultural boundaries and neither do we. If you feel you have been affected by a suicide and you would like to talk about it, we have also set up our face-to-fae Midlands Suicide Bereavement Support Group which will be a safe, confidential space for people to listen, share their experiences, ask questions and connect with others.”

The first in person sessions will be held on September 7 with the Midlands Parent Self-Harm Support Group taking place between 5:40-7pm and the Midlands Suicide Bereavement Support Group between 7:30-9pm. The groups will meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the charity’s headquarters at Hope Place in High Street, West Bromwich.

A number of volunteer opportunities to support with the running of the groups are also available. For more information visit kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk