Guilt

People who are bereaved by suicide can experience feelings of guilt and a sense of failure that they could not prevent the suicide. You might worry about not having picked up on suicidal behaviours or warning signs. It is important to remember that it is always easier to recognise a person’s distress in hindsight, and that the level of support you offered to them was based on the understanding you had of their situation at that time.

When someone is at the point of suicide, they are usually unable to think clearly and rationally and are unlikely to be able to express their true thoughts and feelings. Suicide notes may blame someone for their suicide but are usually written at a time when the person is feeling desperate.

No one is responsible for someone else’s decision to take their own life.