We Hear You exists to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.
Each year in India, more than 100,000 people take their own life – each suicide has a devastating and lasting impact on families, friends and communities.
Faced with a sudden, often unexpected and sometimes violent death, those bereaved experience a complex grief which typically includes strong feelings of guilt, self-reproach and questioning – “why?”. Discomfort, shame and stigma associated with suicide can make it difficult to talk about. There may be further complexities not common to normal bereavements e.g. inquests, media coverage, trauma reactions and difficult family relationships.
Those that have lost someone to suicide often feel isolated at a time when they are hurting, suffering mental anguish and are vulnerable themselves to thoughts of suicide. Even those fortunate enough to have strong support family support can still feel alone and unable to share their true feelings.
Effective support after a suicide is key to helping individuals, families and communities to recover. We aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which those grieving can share their experiences and feelings, and give and gain support from each other. It is our experience that many people feel unable to share or don’t feel understood until they talk with another person who has also been bereaved by suicide.
We hope to be able to set up support groups across India, to reach and support as many people as possible.
We also strive to increase awareness and reduce the stigma associated with depression and suicide.