Life after suicide

You may have seen the moving BBC1 documentary on 'Life after suicide.'

Perhaps this has made you think about your own family experiences of bereavement by suicide - or you are thinking about your friends and their need for support.

SeeSaw is here in Oxfordshire to support families bereaved by suicide.

SeeSaw's Director, Helen Mackinnon, works with Oxfordshire agencies to make sure that children and young people bereaved by suicide of a parent or sibling can have direct support when needed. This may include conversations within hours of the death so that young people are given sensitive and honest information that will help them cope with a family tragedy. We provide sensitive caring support to help families talk honestly about what has happened and we can provide on-going one to one support for as long as is needed.

We can also provide a rapid response to schools when there has been a death by suicide.

If 'Life after suicide' has touched you and you need to talk - please call SeeSaw in office hours 01865 744768.

Helping children through bereavement

Oxfordshire journalist Clare Mackintosh has written an article for Parentdish
about supporting children following the death of a close family member.  

She looked for support from SeeSaw to help her own family.  Helen Mackinnon,
Director of SeeSaw, helped her put together advice for parents.  

You can read the article by following this link.


SeeSaw's 15th Anniversary

SeeSaw is celebrating our 15th Anniversary in 2015. Over the years SeeSaw has supported over 4,300 bereaved children and young people in Oxfordshire.  To mark this special milestone we have launched a 15th Anniversary Appeal where people can donate on-line towards our vital work.  Please click here to help bereaved children in Oxfordshire.

Young people supporting SeeSaw

15 young people took part in the National Citizen Service in Bicester and spent 4 weeks working together to raise money for SeeSaw.  Two young people had been supported by SeeSaw when their fathers died when they were at primary school.  See what they did in this short film.

A new resource from SeeSaw

Through practical support and understanding, SeeSaw works with children and families to help them manage the difficult times before and after the death of a loved one, and to face the future with hope.

What happens when someone dies?

'What happens when someone dies? A book for adults and children to share together’ written by SeeSaw's Jenny Armstrong.

When someone special dies, it can be a really confusing time for children as they try to understand what has happened, what will happen to that person's body and even where the person is now. 

The book is written for adults supporting children aged 3–11 years at this difficult time. It will also be valuable to help children with special needs. Through photographs and the use of simple language, adults will be helped to explain what happens when someone dies. The book also offers ideas to think and talk about together. 

Please contact us for further information about how to order copies of this book.


News and events

Teddies 2-Wheeler

Sponsored cycle through the Oxfordshire countryside on Sunday 26th April. Routes to suit everyone are available, from 5 mile family ride, 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles.  Further information and register on-line here

Duck Race - Sunday 26th April

Faringdon and District Rotary Club Duck Race at Millets Farm on 26th April from 2 p.m.  In aid of SeeSaw and the Chiltern Air Ambulance.  Quack quack - see you there!

Thames Valley Rotary Young Musicians - Dorchester Abbey

Thursday 30th April at 7pm.  A Musical Soiree featuring ROBERT CHEUNG, winner Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Young Musician 2014 with other Thames Valley District Young Musicians.  Proceeds to SeeSaw and End Polio Now. Tickets £16 (including a glass of wine or soft drink).  Telephone 01344 891376.  

Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting - Presented by Gerald Sacks

Tuesday 5th May from 7pm until 9pm at The Four Pillars Oxford Thames Hotel.  
Presented by Gerald Sacks - a Chancellor of the Jurade de Saint-Emilion
Further information can be found here.

Bluebell Walk - Sunday 17th May

Sponsored walk through bluebell woods at Cornbury Park.  4 or 8 mile routes to choose from. 75% of sponsorship will be for SeeSaw, 25% is for the Rotary Club charities.  Download a sponsorship form here or set up a fundraising page on Justgiving

Rare Plant Fair - 24th May

An opportunity to buy rare and interesting plants in the beautiful grounds and gardens of Kingston Bagpuize House.  Further details here.

SeeSaw's 15th Anniversary Picnic Ball - 27th June

Gather your friends together and come to the SeeSaw 15th Anniversary Picnic Ball. Guaranteed to be a great fun night in splendid surroundings at Kingston Bagpuize House. Dancing with live band, entertainment and a few surprises. Tables seat 8-10 people. Tickets just £20 each.  Here is an invitation letter and a poster.

British 10K London - 12th July

Join the SeeSaw Team on the Vitality British 10K Run.  The world's greatest road race route through the heart of central London passing many of the capital's truly world class historic landmarks.  Contact Jane Elliott- or phone 01865 744768 to book your place.