Winston’s Wish – Giving hope to grieving children

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Winston’s Wish offers practical support and guidance to children, teenagers and their families when someone close has died. Freephone national Helpline (08088 020 021) can offer guidance to those supporting a child bereaved by suicide and a publication, ‘Beyond the Rough Rock’, is aimed at offering guidance to those supporting children bereaved in this way. Alongside our regional work supporting those children bereaved through any cause, we have a special expertise and experience in offering groups to those bereaved by suicide.

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Organisation Details

Address 17 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham GL50 3DA
Website www.winstonswish.org
Twitter winstonswish
Facebook winstonswishcharity

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

We believe that the support we are able to offer to bereaved children, young people and their families can help them find a way of living with and beyond their grief. Through our particular work with those bereaved through suicide, we offer our acknowledgment, our listening, our skilled help. We work with those bereaved by suicide individually, in groups (including a residential group and a creative arts group). We believe that our support for bereaved children and young people may contribute to greater resilience and thereby a reduction in the rate of suicide. We also produce a booklet called ‘beyond the Rough Rock’ which is aimed at anyone supporting a child or teenager bereaved by suicide. Our Helpline (08088 020 021) and email enquiry service receive many calls from those supporting a child or teenager who has someone important die by suicide.

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What are your current priorities?

Use our expertise and experience to support children, teenagers and their families when someone important may have died by suicide

Our Helpline (08088 020 021) and email enquiry service receive many calls from those supporting a child or teenager who has someone important die by suicide. We also produce a booklet called ‘beyond the Rough Rock’ which is aimed at anyone supporting a child or teenager bereaved by suicide. We work with those bereaved by suicide individually, in groups (including a residential group and a creative arts group). We believe that our support for bereaved children and young people may contribute to greater resilience and thereby a reduction in the rate of suicide.We will continue to review this work and consistently evaluate its effectiveness.

Extend the geographic scope of our work

We will continue to seek ways in which to offer our support more widely across the UK, through our regional hubs and beyond; through partnerships with other organisations offering support to children and young people and through offering training to those whose work brings them into contact with the bereaved.

Contribute to the national work

We will continue to play our part in offering support to the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership / Support After Suicide Partnership. We will also support discussions over the pilots and evaluation of the Framework and Pathway (as it relates to children, young people and their families) and over distribution of Help is at Hand.We will explore the production of a version of Help is at Hand for young people.

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What challenges are you currently facing?

From within our organisation, we have the same issues as many organisations in having sufficient resource (people, time, finance) to meet the need. We are also working alongside a pervasive belief in some sections of the general public that children and young people may not need support for their grief. Looking outward, we recognise that the taboo and stigma experienced by many bereaved by suicide also exist in some measure for those who provide support: it is a challenge to communicate the need for this support to those who find it hard to hear and would prefer not to hear it.

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