Research in to the needs of those bereaved by suicide in Kent

Perpetuity has recently been awarded funding from Kent County Council to carry out research into the needs of people bereaved by suicide in Kent.


This important project will look at the experiences of people in Kent who have been bereaved by suicide with a view to developing the future of support offered in Kent. The research will involve looking at the impacts of the bereavement, experiences of reaching out for and accessing support, and the support required by people at different times after the bereavement.


To carry out this work Perpetuity will conduct a review of published evidence, engage with local stakeholders and experts, and carry out open-ended interviews with people who have been bereaved by suicide. This sensitive research engagement, will be carried out by Josephine Ramm, a researcher at Perpetuity Research who has considerable experience of working therapeutically with bereaved people (including those bereaved by suicide) and who is currently furthering her training by undertaking a diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy.


Josephine, who has worked with Perpetuity since 2016, has extensive experience and expertise in carrying out sensitive research projects and collaborating with vulnerable or unheard groups. This has included working with parents and children to understand how sexual health is talked about in families, collaborating with people who have brain tumours to understand the impact of brain tumour on couple relationships, and interviewing young people to understand their experiences of the criminal justice system.


Perpetuity Research is committed to conducting ethical research and providing useable findings that can be used to create change and improvement. If you would like to talk to us about an idea you have for research concerning a sensitive topic, or you are a resident of Kent and would like to take part in Perpetuity’s research into the needs of people bereaved by suicide please contact

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