Featured Group - April 2018
Suicide Support Group is the featured group for April 2018
Suicide Support Group
How the group began
Vicki Zureck and Kelly Morgan first approached Self help in October 2016 following the loss of Vicky’s brother to suicide. Vicky and her family felt that there was a lack of support available and wanted help to set up a support group for other people in the Nottinghamshire area who were in emotional distress, struggling to cope with everyday life or were at risk of suicide.
The group started in January 2017 and meets once a week on a Thursday between 10:30 and 11:30 at the Friends Meeting House on Rosemary Street in Mansfield. They offer support and empathy in a confidential, welcoming environment where people can come together to talk about suicide and mental health without being judged.
The group has gone from strength to strength since starting. Their most proud achievement to date was being nominated and presented with the Mayors Commendation award in Mansfield in November 2017. Mansfield District Council; ran the following article on their website:
“Also receiving Commendations, after being nominated by Cllr Sean McCallum and Cllr Stephen Harvey, were Vicki Zurek and Kelly Morgan who set up SSG (Suicide Support Group) in the town in January to help people bereaved by suicide.
Kelly said: "The family of Lee suffered after his death and felt that there was a lack of support in the Mansfield area for people and family members who have experienced suicide."
"Both Vicki and I felt we didn't want anyone to suffer in silence and wanted to give people who are in crisis a safe place to go where they can feel supported and not alone, and where they can talk confidentially about suicide without judgement, and where they can explore their mental health and emotional well-being."
Vicki added: "It's a self-referral group run by volunteers who are suicide-assist trained. It deals with issues such as grief, stress and bereavement, but most of all it offers support and comfort to those who really need it.
Mayor Allsop said: "We are very lucky to have this kind of service in the area and I would like to thank them for all the good work they are doing in the community to help people to cope at such a terrible time, with such a tragic loss of a loved one."
One year on
This year the SSG has also begun supporting its' members to complete training courses. These vary from Confidence Building and Counselling Skills to creative courses and this is something group leader, Vicki ,sees as mutually beneficial for both the individual and the group; a key achievement in the philosophy of self help support groups.
We asked Vicki and Kelly how they had found their first year:
“In the beginning we didn’t have any idea of how to run a self-help group, we simply knew that we wanted to help others that were in crisis. We contacted Self Help UK and we were assigned an Outreach and Development officer, this was the beginning of SSG! We were given information on
- how to set a self help group up
- which procedures we needed to put in place
- how to promote
- support with funding applications
- how to maintain a support group
- how to work with conflicts in a support group.
Self Help UK offered us training and telephone support when needed. Throughout that year we have been supported by Self Help UK. Without this support, SSG would not be at the point we are today. The support we receive enables SSG to keep running.
We now have two volunteers, that attended SSG as members and following training they will support new and existing members.”
It has been great for all of us at Self Help UK to watch the Suicide Support Group grow and, with Kelly and Vicki’s determination and passion, we are confident that the group will go from strength to strength. Please click here for more details about the group.