Amparo means ‘shelter’ or ‘safe haven’ in Spanish and provides support for anyone affected by suicide
Amparo is completely confidential and can provide short-term or longer-term support, depending on what you feel it is you need – we are guided by you.
Support can be provided one-to-one, to family groups, groups of work colleagues – whatever you prefer and is most appropriate to your situation. Due to the need for social distancing, Amparo is currently offered by telephone or video link, but can normally be delivered in your home or wherever you are most comfortable.
You can refer at any stage in your bereavement or (with your permission) other agencies can make a referral on your behalf (your GP, the coroner, a police officer or a funeral director, for example).
The service is not just for ‘next of kin’ – anyone who has been affected by suicide and is living in the following areas can access Amparo: Cheshire and Merseyside, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Kent & Medway.
Amparo is part of the Listening Ear Family
said that they strongly agreed that they were treated with respect and dignity (16% said that they agreed)
said they felt better after contact from Amparo (8% said that they felt partly better)
said they were very satisfied with the Amparo service provided (17% said satisfied and 8% neither satisfied nor unsatisfied)
Figures taken from Amparo satisfaction questionnaires