What is the Luna Foundation?
Luna Foundation is a UK-based social enterprise founded in March 2022 to improve the support for children and young people after the death of a parent or primary caregiver by suicide.
What sort of entity are you?
We were incorporated as a community interest company on 17 March 2022, and we are regulated by Companies House and the Community Interest Company Regulator in England and Wales. We are asset locked and operate on a not-for profit basis. We are governed by a board of voluntary non-executive directors. To meet the team click here.
What happens to any surplus?
Any surplus from our trading activities including the delivery of suicide bereavement training is reinvested in improving the support for children and young people after suicide bereavement. In the future we plan to offer free sessions for families which will be funded through our paid-for training delivered to organisations.
How can I get involved?
We have formed the Luna Lived Experience Network for people who have direct experience of losing a parent or primary caregiver to suicide, which will help to diversify the experiences that inform our work. If you would like to find out more about joining this network, visit out Luna Lived Experience Network page.
Do you consider the impact on people who lose a parent to suicide in adulthood?
We appreciate that the loss of a parent to suicide at any time of life can be devastating, but our focus is on those who lose a parent when they are 25 or under. This is due to the impact on a child or young person’s sense of self-worth and sense of abandonment when someone they are dependent on takes their own life.
What age group are you referring to when you say ‘children and young people’ who lose a parent to suicide?
When referring to children and young people in the context of parental suicide bereavement, we include young people up to the age of 25. This is in line with the United Nations definition of Youth, when young people are often still dependent on their primary caregivers for emotional and financial support — even though they are technically defined as adults in law.
Who is your suicide bereavement training designed for?
Luna Suicide Bereavement Training is for anyone who works with children and young people, who could potentially encounter someone who has lost a parent to suicide. This includes people working in education settings such as teachers, leadership teams, early years practitioners and pastoral staff such as ELSAs, mental health workers, social workers, foster carers, youth workers and GPs.
What does the training cover?
Luna Suicide Bereavement Training covers key research on the topic, facts and figures, risks and protective factors relating to parental suicide, myth-busting around suicide bereavement, age-appropriate resources, what to say/not to say to a child bereaved by suicide, pathways to specialist support and experiences of children impacted by suicide bereavement. The workshop incorporates breakout sessions to share learning, a Q&A with the tutor and an online evaluation.
How is the training delivered?
The training is delivered as a three-hour online interactive session. All our training is delivered by people with direct lived experience of parental suicide and given the challenging nature of the course content, there is a significant focus on self-care for both trainers and participants.
What does Luna Suicide Bereavement Training cost?
Luna Suicide Bereavement Training for Organisations is delivered as an interactive three-hour online session for up to 25 participants. The cost is £1,250 per workshop, the equivalent of £50 per delegate.
What are the Luna Foundation's booking terms?
Training is payable in full at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Dates can be rescheduled by mutual arrangement within 12 months, provided a notice of at least 30 days prior to original scheduled date.
Do you provide support for children, young people and families after suicide bereavement?
Luna does not currently provide direct support for children, young people and/or their families. We have a library of resources available at The Hub and if you are looking for organisations providing support please click here.
Do you have a helpline?
No, we do not operate a helpline. If you would like to contact us in relation to Luna Suicide Bereavement Training, our consultancy services or campaigning work, please get in touch via this form. If you are looking for support following suicide bereavement, please click here.
I’m interested in working for Luna. Do you have any vacancies?
We are not currently recruiting but feel free to get in contact to tell us what you could contribute to our work. Click here to contact us. We recommend that you follow our social media channels as that is where we will promote opportunities that arise.
What is a Luna Ambassador?
Everybody who completes Luna Suicide Bereavement Training is invited to become a Luna Ambassador. This is a network of people who are committed to providing support to children and young people after the death of a parent or primary caregiver by suicide. If you choose to become a member of this network, you will receive updates on our work and other organisations operating in this area, information about new resources, research, learning opportunities and forums to exchange experiences and best practice. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Luna Ambassador, please click here.
Can I make a donation to support your work?
Yes, please contact us via this form and we can provide information on how you can make a donation to support us in improving the care for children left behind after suicide.