Providing Peer Support for those with poor Mental Health and those Bereaved by Suicide

"Bringing people together to have their unspoken words......... and feelings heard.............."

“Sometimes what we need is not a solution or well-meaning advice, ………but simply to have someone listen to us …………..while we tell our story;

We listen to understand not to reply”

Outstretched hands releasing many butterflies into the sky.

Our Aims

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 during times of poor mental health 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.

What we do

We support anyone over 18 years old, in Worcestershire, with poor mental health and those bereaved by suicide.

We primarily do this by facilitating;

peer support groups

walk n talk groups

We want to do more but need volunteer support,

we would run small focused theraputic support groups, more regular social meet ups.

We Need Your Help To Continue..

What does behind the smile do?

Peer Support Groups

Mental Health Peer Support Group

Every Wednesday

from 2 pm until 4:30 pm

At Quakers, Friends Meeting House,  1 Friends Mews Sansome Place, Worcester WR1 1UG

Suicide Bereavement Peer Support Group
First Saturday of the month
From 3 – 5pm

At Quakers, Friends Meeting House,  1 Friends Mews Sansome Place, Worcester WR1 1U

If we can get more volunteers we will facilitate more support groups and more walk n talk groups.

Walk n Talk

on the first Saturday of the month,

from April 6th.
From 11:00 to 1pm

meeting at the Fountains at the side of the river in Worcester, close to Brown’s resturant, by Cophenhagan Car Park.

Close up shot of two peoples arms holding each others wrists.

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 peer support. 

Woman standing in a crowd with hands on her face in a panic.

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.

Feeling the loss from a suicide does not have to be from a recent loss, you may feel the loss years later.

Do you want to attend a support group or a walk n talk group? 
Please email  if this could be for you.

In England & Wales in 2022, there were 

deaths by suicide (a rate of 10.7 deaths per 100,000 people), consistent with 2021 figures, with:
deaths per 100,000 females consistent with rates between 2018 and 2021
deaths per 100,000 is males
per 100,000 the age-specific rate, among males, was highest in those aged 90 years or over
deaths per 100,000 males aged 45 to 49 years - the second highest age-specific suicide rate for males
deaths per 100,000 females aged 50 to 54 - the highest age-specific suicide rate for females

Overall, men accounted for

1 /4
of UK deaths by suicide in 2022
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

Suicides by Region in England & Wales