SAMM provides a wide range of peer support services to people bereaved by murder and manslaughter. All services are available for the bereaved, regardless of how long ago you lost a loved one. We support close relatives, wider family members and communities including people affected by mass fatality events. Even if a loss has affected you as a bereaved friend, we will support you.
As a national charity our support services cover England, Scotland, Wales and Nothern Ireland.
Our unique support services have been designed by the bereaved for the bereaved to meet your emotional support needs. All volunteers receive bespoke training and have been bereaved through homicide themselves. They have a unique understanding and perspective of your own experience.
Our support services include the opportunity to talk about a range of subjects as well as exploring coping mechanisms after experiencing a traumatic bereavement. We also recognise the importance of talking about trauma and how it affects a person after a sudden death. You therefore have the option to explore this when you are ready.
Our services include one to one support or group support through our pop up cafes. You can also apply to attend one of our Empowerment Weekends and meet other bereaved people. If you prefer to talk to someone online you can join our online community forum.
Professor Stephen Regel is the Director and Clinical Lead for the Nottingham NHS Healthcare Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth. He oversees our trauma education and support.
Our trained volunteers provide one to one peer support for as long as a person needs it. Due to current government guidance we are unable to offer face to face contact but we are able to provide support by phone and video link. There is no time limit on the support we offer and your support is completely confidential. If you would like individual support from one of our Volunteer Support Workers, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0121 472 2912 or text us on 07342 888570.
We offer a bespoke combination of peer support, workshops and complementary therapies in 3-steps over 3-days. Designed for the bereaved by the bereaved, the experience takes place in the calm and serene setting of a beautiful retreat centre. It facilitates a bereaved person’s recovery journey at a pace that is right for them. Click here to find out more.
Support groups/Pop Up Cafe’s
Our online Peer Support Groups give you a chance to talk to others with similar challenges. Each week we cover different bereavement related themes and topics. The groups are available during the day as well as the evening to give you maximum flexibility as we recognise people have busy lives. All topics are regularly revisited, therefore, you never have to miss out. Click here to find out more.
Our secure online forum gives people the chance to talk to others and explore different bereavement related themes. You can talk about anything from a serious issue to a more lighthearted subject depending on how you are feeling. Members can log in at any time of the day or night for help and support. Click here to find out more.