Living in Suicide’s Shadow
With the increased concern over mental health, particularly in the current troubling times, we know that some people just don’t make it through. And those left behind then have to face their own challenges. When we came upon Living in Suicide’s Shadow (LiSS) we asked them to write something explaining the support they offer for people. They have very kindly sent us the following, with contact details:
Living in Suicide’s Shadow – West Wales (LiSS) was formed by Ana, Sian and Lisa, who all lost close family members to suicide in 2017/18. Each has their personal story and understands the stigma and isolation that those bereaved by suicide find themselves in.
Ana and Lisa met in 2019 at a meeting with Dr Dai Lloyd AM, who was chair of the Cross-Party Group on Suicide Prevention in Wales. Several months later, through MIND Aberystwyth, they were put in touch with Sian. Their journeys made them realise there was little to no support in West Wales for families and friends bereaved by suicide. They all strongly felt the need to address this, and wanted to do so while raising awareness.
This is how LiSS came into being. LiSS is a peer-to-peer support group that aims to break the loneliness and isolation that those bereaved by suicide often feel. The aim is for those bereaved by suicide in West Wales to know that they are not alone; and that connecting with others who have also lost their loved ones to suicide should bring them comfort and, above all, hope.
LiSS hold walks one Saturday a month, alternating between Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, in tranquil surroundings.
In June, they arranged an overnight 13-mile walk arriving in Saundersfoot at dawn, raising over £5,000 for three charities: Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity, 2 Wish and Papyrus.
After holding virtual support meetings during lockdown, they have recently started face-to-face meetings in addition, held in Carmarthen Leisure Centre on the first Tuesday of the month.
For more information, LiSS can be contacted as follows: –