Posted on October 31, 2018
Since January this year, 42 military personnel and veterans are reported to have taken their own lives. In response, SSAFA is setting up a new, dedicated support group for families and friends who are trying to come to terms with the suicide of a loved one. Earlier this year the charity reported more than an 11% increase in calls to Forcesline, a free and confidential helpline, from individuals linked to the military, facing negative, sometimes suicidal, thoughts. SSAFA says a loved one taking their own life requires a specific type of bereavement support, different from that following a death during conflict or after an accident.