Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Our missions is to provide free peer support to adults bereaved by suicide in a timely and open ended manner so that no one bereaved by suicide has to face their loss alone.

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Peer Support Facilitator

Bishop Auckland   Chester le Street   Durham City  
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            'Our  missions  is  to  provide  free  peer  support  to  adults  bereaved  by  suicide  in  a  timely  and  open  ended  manner  so  that  no  one  bereaved  by  suicide  has  to  face  their  loss  alone.',
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