Organisations That Can Help
See also the Support After Suicide Partnership website, which offers a range of information for people who have been affected by a suicide. It highlights which services can offer support to people who have been bereaved by suicide as well as advice around some of the practical issues that arise.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Support, information, help by email, support groups and a national helpline: 0300 111 5065, 9am-9pm Monday-Friday.
The Compassionate Friends Support for all families bereaved after the death of a child or children: 0345 123 2304, open 10am-4pm, 7pm-10pm daily.
If U Care Share Foundation Support for families affected by suicide. Based in Co Durham. Phone: 0191 387 5661
Cruse Bereavement Care Help for anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss, with free and confidential support. Helpline: 0808 808 1677, open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm, Weekends 10am – 2pm.
Widowed and Young (WAY) Social and support network for widowed men and women under 50.
Childhood Bereavement Network Database of information about sources of support for bereaved children.
Child bereavement UK Support and advice for bereaved families. Helpline 0800 02 888 40, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Grief Encounter Mission: every bereaved child and their family in the UK get the best possible help, recognition and understanding following their loss. Monday-Friday 9 am-9pm Helpline: 0808 802 0111
Winston’s Wish Practical support for bereaved children, young people and their families, publications. Helpline: 08088 020 021, open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Find a professionally qualified counsellor in your local area. Go to the ‘Find a therapist’ page. Phone 01455 883316
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) A charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. National Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – midnight)
Depression Alliance Information and support service for people affected by depression.
INQUEST Advice to bereaved families facing an inquest.
Maytree Respite Centre Short-term free accommodation and befriending for the suicidal in a confidential and supportive environment. Telephone: 020 7263 7070
Mind Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health problem. Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Parent Lifeline Emotional support and advice to parents under stress of any kind. Helpline: 0114 272 6575, open 9am – 1pm, 7pm – 11pm, daily.
Rethink Mental Illness Rethink Advice and Information Service.Telephone: 0808 801 0525 (9:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday except bank holidays)
Samaritans Confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Helpline: 116 123 , 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Saneline Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to anybody affected by mental health problems.
Shout a free, confidential, 24/7 text support line in the UK, offering texters immediate support with issues such as suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse, self-harm, relationship problems and bullying. Text: 85258