Practitioners (Suicide Bereavement Support) Highland

  • Part time
  • £21,336 pro-rata
  • Home based in the Highlands
  • Closing 10th August 2021

  • Advertised from 22nd July 2021


Post: Practitioner (Suicide Bereavement Support), Highland. 3 Posts

Location: Home based in the Highlands, with the option of office-based work in our Inverness or other Highland offices once Covid-19 restrictions are eased

Salary: £12,801 per annum (£21,336 FTE)

Hours: Part-Time, 21 hours per week

Tenure: Fixed term contract to 31 March 2023 (Possible extension subject to renewed funding)

Interview dates: 25 & 26 August 2021

Closing date: Midday, 10-08-2021

About the Role

Support in Mind Scotland have an exciting opportunity to join its newly launched Suicide Bereavement Support Service in the Highlands.

We are seeking individuals who want to support their community by helping families affected by suicide and who have a good understanding of compassionate, person-centred support work.

The Scottish Government, in its “Suicide Prevention Action Plan, 2018”, committed to provide “timely and effective support for those affected by suicide across Scotland”. This firm commitment to provide support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide is being addressed by the piloting of a new, national, rapid-response service.

This service will be provided in partnership between Support in Mind Scotland, who will primarily provide support in the Highlands (including Argyll and Bute), and Penumbra, who will primarily provide support in Ayrshire and Arran. Both organisations will collaborate to deliver the best possible outcomes for families bereaved by suicide.

The service is not an alternative to specialist mental health services or a substitute for bereavement counselling. Instead, it is designed to be a supportive liaison service that can offer practical assistance at a distressing time, by providing early advice and assistance to bereaved families, practical support (e.g. help with arranging a funeral and advice on financial issues), safety plans, assessments of need, and by signposting to local support organisations. The service will take referrals from a wide range of sources including community groups and statutory and third sector agencies, as well as self-referrals.

Based in the Highlands, you will be part of a joint-agency team that includes colleagues from both charities. Offering early advice and assistance, you will provide telephone, online and face-to-face support to bereaved family members and connect them with specialist local services in their area. You will also build connections with organisations and groups that can support bereaved families. Your work will involve some travel within the Highlands during the working week.

If you are interested in enabling Support in Mind Scotland to deliver this innovative and vital new service to the Scottish community, and you feel that your profile matches this role’s criteria, then we want to hear from you!

Why join us

This is a great opportunity to join a thriving charity and help shape its future. In return for your work, passion and dedication, we offer scope for development, a benefit package including 37 days’ holiday, enhanced sick pay, season ticket loan, regular support & supervision, flexible working options whenever possible and access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

Support in Mind Scotland is an award-winning Scottish charity providing support throughout Scotland by offering a range of services to people directly affected by a mental ill-health and to those who care for them, whether family, friend or supporter.

We are committed to delivering services shaped by the lived experienced of people affected by mental health. We believe in a holistic approach to providing support and aim to empower our service user to make the best use of what help and support is available to them.

Find out more about us on our Website at and on Social Media.

Application notes

Please email your completed application pack to by midday 10-08-2021. With: Recruitment –SBS Practitioner, Highlands in your email subject line.

Interviews will be held via video call software. If shortlisted to interview, we will provide you with guidance on how to access the interview.

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please complete the relevant section within the application pack to inform us of any arrangements that we may make to the interview process.

We reserve the right to close this advert earlier or later than stated, so please don’t delay your application to avoid any disappointment.