After a Suicide

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by someone dying by suicide, support is available.

You may have known the person who has died as a family member, a friend, a colleague, or someone from your community or in a range of other ways. You may not have known the person but still be affected. Suicide can have a ripple effect, extending well beyond the person’s immediate family and friends.

How people experience the loss of a death by suicide is very individual but may involve intense and complex feelings and for some these are difficult to understand and manage.


The following publication may be useful.

After A Suicide (from Scottish Association for Mental Health)

A guide covering the practical issues that need to be thought about after a suicide; some of the emotions you might be experiencing; and places where you can get help.

Download the After a Suicide guide here


There is support available from national and local organisations including Cruse Scotland.

Cruse Scotland – 0808 802 6161

Monday - Friday 9am-8pm Saturday -Sunday 10am-2pm

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland are here to help you. Cruse seeks to help anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss.




First Hand

First Hand is for anyone affected by witnessing a suicide, when they did not know the person who has died. You may have seen it happen or have been first on the scene. This may be because you happened to be at a particular location, or because your job involves responding to these incidents.



See contacts for other organisations that can help.


Fast Exit