Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
Who we are
We were founded in 1991 by Alice Middleton MBE, who is now our founding patron. Following the death of her brother and finding little support available, she placed an advert in her local paper seeking to make contact with others who had been bereaved by suicide. She started the first support group from her living room in Hull.
We have grown to become the only national charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide. We currently have around 150 volunteers across the UK who help to run our services – and we continue to grow. Our volunteers come from all walks of life but nearly all have been touched by suicide themselves, this experience enables them to connect with others.
We have a small national support team in our office in Ilkeston, Derbyshire who provide support to our volunteers and who manage our operations. Our team of trustees meet regularly, providing leadership and governance to our charity. Our patrons are ambassadors for our organisation and they work to raise our profile and bring support to our organisation.