Facing the Future

The Facing the Future service has been developed by Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care to help support people who have been bereaved by suicide.

Facing the Future support groups will give you the opportunity on Zoom to meet others who have lost someone to suicide and share your experiences and feelings. Each support group is run by two trained volunteer facilitators from Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care and the groups run once a week over six consecutive weeks, with each session lasting for 90 minutes.

There are a maximum of six participants in each group and sessions are free of charge. You may attend our support groups even if you are already receiving other types of support. We suggest you join a group where you can attend at least five of the six sessions to help you get the most out of the experience. ​Please note that all participants must be able to attend the first session.

To register your interest in joining a Facing the Future group on Zoom, please visit our 'Register' page. Alternatively you can email us at ftf@cls.org.uk or call 0207 758 0667 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

You must be over 18 to join a group and have lost someone to suicide over three months ago. Many people experience shock when they lose someone and it can take several months before they are able to share their experiences and hear the experiences of others in a group setting. Each group will include people with differing experiences, circumstances, backgrounds and relationship to the person who has died.

Our experience shows that people get the most out of the sessions if they don’t know their fellow group members before the group starts. This means it’s not possible to participate in a support group with a family member or friend.