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Paul’s Place Suicide Bereavement Support Programme

A free specialist postvention bereavement counselling service, for those bereaved by suicide

Paul's Place

Paul’s Place is a specialist bereavement counselling service, provided by Liverpool based charity Beacon Counselling Trust (Charity No: 1140011). It is named in memory of two young men from Liverpool: Paul Jensen and Paul “Geoff” Williams, who both sadly died by suicide; albeit 23 years apart. Paul Jensen is the brother of Kathy Devlin and Paul Williams is the son of Agnes and Joe Williams; who are the co-founders of the service. 

October 2017

This vitally essential service - one of its kind in Merseyside; was launched in October 2017. Our initial target (for our first year) was to provide 40 people bereaved by suicide, up to 20 free sessions each of one to one counselling.

October 2018

However, by October 2018 we had actually had 78 people accessing the service. As sad as that is, we always knew that we were being optimistic with the target figure we had set.

March 2020

As of 31 March 2020, we have had 228 people accessing our service. This is hardly surprising, since we are the only organisation to offer this unique service across the whole Merseyside area.

When someone dies by suicide, the shock is profound and widely felt – by families of course, but also by friends, colleagues and professionals. Suicide bereavement is not like a ‘normal bereavement’ - it is very complex, with so many unanswered questions; the whys, the what if’s, the guilt, and very often there is stigma and shame. Bereavement can affect people in different ways, according to the nature of the loss. Our team of therapists are highly skilled and specially trained in suicide bereavement counselling. They will work with you to understand the nature of your loss, so that an effective and personalised approach to counselling can be identified. 

We like to make our service as easily accessible as possible for those who are seeking our support. We operate an open door policy with regard to referrals, accepting both self referrals and/or via a range of different organisations.  Anyone aged 16 and over, who has been bereaved by suicide can access this service.  

We pride ourselves on the fact that we have no waiting list. Initial assessments usually take place within 48 – 72 hours and wherever possible, counselling sessions are offered within seven days of assessment.   

Contrary to popular belief, it is never too soon nor too late to access counselling. Some of our clients needed support almost immediately, while others have found their way to us after being bereaved for more than 40 years. 

As we receive no Government or NHS funding, we are reliant on donations, fundraising and any grants that we are able to secure along the way. Something that we have become increasingly aware of is how so many people want to “give something back” for the help and support they have received during their counselling with us. Further information regarding this can be found on our fundraising page. 

Our service

What Paul's Place Provides

Up to 20 free one to one counselling sessions, to suit work and commitments.
A recommended treatment programme, based on your personal situation
Advice on mental health
Complete discretion and confidentiality
Access to 10+ years experience in providing the highest quality counselling services

There is a drop in group session held every Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and providing you have accessed counselling with us, you are more than welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to talk to other people who have been bereaved in the same way. We are all travelling the same journey and we understand what you are going through. You will always be made to feel welcome and there is never a shortage of tea and coffee, hugs and tissues. 

Also, you may wish to attend our more structured evening group meeting, which is held between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. 

We hope that with the help of your counsellor and all the team here, that during your time with us, you will gain the strength and understanding to deal with this tragic and devastating situation. 

Helpful info

Paul's Place Useful Links

If you wish to find out more about Paul’s Place and the people behind it, please follow the link below:

Pauls Place Chapter One

Documentary made for Beacon Counselling Trust about Pauls Place, a specialist FREE Postvention Bereavement counselling service, for those Bereaved by Suicide...

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PAUL'S PLACE – BCT

We provide free one to one counselling to those bereaved by suicide.