A facilitator provides the discussion framework – or ensures that a meeting structure is in place – which opens the way to group discussion.

A facilitator is a group leader, someone who runs a meeting and helps a group to meet its objectives. A facilitator may be a group member who volunteers to take on the role, or they may also be someone who is invited to take on the role, for example someone with a suitable professional background (such as a counsellor or social worker).

This person may or may not be suicide bereaved. It is better for a group to have two or more facilitators, so they can support each other.

For more information on the topics below, please see pages 25–30 in the handbook.