Listening Ear's AMPARO service took a big step forward this week with the launch of a service covering Suffolk.  

Currently available across Cheshire and much of Merseyside, AMPARO offers support to families, friends or work colleagues who have been bereaved by suicide. 

The service - which is funded by Suffolk County Council and local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups - will take referrals from coroners, the police, health services and individual self referrals, and provides speedy contact with a Suicide Liaison Worker who can offer support, advice and guidance at a difficult time for people.

About 9% of people bereaved by suicide are at risk themselves of dying by suicide: AMPARO aims to break this cycle by providing support when it's needed the most, working with a range of support organisations including SOBS and the Samaritans to ensure that no one needs to feel alone when they're bereaved by suicide.

The launch of the service was front page news in the East Anglian Daily Times. Listening Ear's CEO Richard Brown was interviewed about the service by BBC Radio Suffolk, and you can listen to the interview here: