Bringing people together … those who need a listening ear … to have their unheard words heard.

Sometimes we don’t need advice; we just need someone to listen.

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Our Story

Behind the Smile is a charity founded by the parents of Zac who ended his life after many years of mental health problems.

Our two main aims are:

to support and help others overcome the stigma associated with mental health issues by offering practical face to face support. 

> to support and help those bereaved by suicide.

 

We believe that everyone has the right to a good standard of mental health and, where they do not, they should have access to timely and appropriate support services.

Are you suffering from mental ill health?

If you are experiencing anxiety, stress or low mood, family or relationship issues, feeling alone or in need, we offer mental health support. 

Woman standing in a crowd with hands on her face in a panic.
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Have you been bereaved by suicide?

If suicide happens to your family or friends we want to be there to offer you support as you go through this dreadful process.

In the UK in 2018, there were 

1
deaths by suicide (a rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people) with:
1
deaths per 100,000 in Northern Ireland
1
deaths per 100,000 in Scotland
1
deaths per 100,000 in Wales
1
deaths per 100,000 in England

Overall, men accounted for

1 /4
of UK deaths by suicide in 2018
1 %
of people bereaved by suicide said they received no support after their loss. Only 1% said they preferred to cope without support.

Of those who received support after being bereaved by suicide,

1 %
said this had come from family and friends