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SSBSS - Suicide Bereavement Buddy

SSBSS - Suicide Bereavement Buddy

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This is an Open Mental Health volunteering role
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Supporting others through suicide bereavement as a peer who has experienced similar, allowing them to talk about their loss and experience.

Detailed description

 Overview of Role:

  • Support someone who has been bereaved by suicide by providing a safe space for the buddy to talk about their loss and experience.
  • Work to an agreed plan/process for Buddy engagements.
  • Understanding of GDPR.
  • Attending monthly supervisions.


Hours required: Flexible

Supervision discretion - will be a fixed monthly session (evening) for 1 hour - attendance mandatory


Location: Remote – telephone support


Training provided:

  • Safeguarding for vulnerable adults and children.
  • SSBSS organisation protocol and where the role fits within it.
  • Mind in Somerset Policies & Procedures.
  • Whole service offering and appropriate sign-posting.
  • What is a Buddy and how to utilise this.
  • Supervision and on-going support.


Personal Attributes required:

  • Lived experience of bereavement by suicide.
  • The ability to distance the Buddy role from your personal bereavement.
  • A willingness to learn about suicide prevention in all its forms.
  • The acknowledgement of safe-guarding, risk assessing, confidentiality and the full acceptance of what the Buddy role is.
  • Must be able to engage with Supervision on a regular basis.
  • The understanding that you are always under the responsibility of SSBSS, and will act in accordance to the policies and procedures of Mind in Somerset.
  • Strict confidentiality.
  • Use of self care and awareness of personal boundaries.

What volunteers need😇 Disclosure and Barring Service

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
This volunteering opportunity is expired You can find other volunteering opportunities here.
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About Mindline Somerset

Mind in Somerset is an independent charity that has been formed from the merger, in October 2018, of Mind in Taunton and West Somerset and South Somerset Mind. The result is a charity able to deliver services for the whole of Somerset and to provide specific services to areas in adjoining counties.