Widow’s bid to launch suicide support group

Suzy Clifford, whose husband Len committed suicide, wants help to launch a Suffolk branch of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.''Pictured: Suzy with her daughter Paige
Suzy Clifford, whose husband Len committed suicide, wants help to launch a Suffolk branch of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.''Pictured: Suzy with her daughter Paige
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A WIDOW whose husband committed suicide is appealing for help to launch a support group for those left behind after a loved one takes their own life.

Suzy Clifford is looking for people to help her run a Suffolk branch of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, in Bury St Edmunds, and offers of accommodation to host meetings.

Len Clifford, husband of Suzy Clifford

Len Clifford, husband of Suzy Clifford

The 54-year-old received support from the charity after her husband Len committed suicide in 2009.

She said: “It’s something that’s really needed in Suffolk because it’s such a specialist bereavement and one of the worst kinds to get through.

“When I went to them there was so much empathy because they understand how traumatic it is to find your loved one either about to take their life or having taken their life, which is a very powerful image that you have to learn to live with.”

Mrs Clifford remembers the feeling of ‘abandonment’ when she lost her husband, who took his own life three years after suffering a serious head injury in a horrific car crash with her and their teenage daughter Paige.

She said: “After the accident, his personality changed and the dynamics of our relationship changed but I never thought he would do what he did.”

Mrs Clifford hopes the group will help other bereaved people by offering a confidential environment where they can share their experiences. There will also be telephone support as well as information packs.

She said: “The more people who come forward to help with the group the better and we’re open to offers for accommodation to host meetings once a month.

“It is not necessary for volunteers to have been bereaved by suicide, the main priority is to find individuals who are prepared to commit their time to this group.”

Those interested in volunteering and contributing to the Suffolk branch should contact Eric or Christine Thwaites at the national office on 0115 9441117 or email sobs.admin@care4free.net