Helplines

Bereavement helplines and advice

Adult bereavement helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on adult bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care
Day by Day Helpline: 0808 808 1677 (Mon-Fri 9.30am to 5pm)
cruse.org.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support and offers information, advice, education and training services.

Hope Again
hopeagain.org.uk
Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people. Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies. We also work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

The Compassionate Friends
Helpline: 0345 123 2304
tcf.org.uk.
The Compassionate Friends provide one-to-one support, local support groups and produce a range of publications for parents, children, grandparents and professionals, as well as a website specifically for people dealing with the death of a brother or sister.

Way Widowed & Young
widowedandyoung.org.uk
WAY offers support and friendship to young bereaved people, whatever their circumstances, however long ago their partner died. We help men and women up to the age of 50, parents and those without children.

SOBS - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Helpline: 0300 111 5065
uk-sobs.org.uk
SOBS exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend, aiming to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other.

Mental health helplines for children and adults

Young Minds
youngminds.org.uk
The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
0808 802 5544

Place2Be
https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/about-place2be/

Papyrus (Prevention of young suicide)
https://papyrus-uk.org/

HopelineUK - part of Papyrus
https://papyrus-uk.org/hopelineuk/
Contact HopelineUK if you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HopelineUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786209697 or
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm weekdays 2pm – 10pm weekends 2pm – 10pm bank holidays. Our Suicide Prevention Advisers are ready to support you.

RETHINK
Tel: 0300 5000 927
rethink.org
Working together to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

Time to Change
time-to-change.org.uk
Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Our vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination and to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health.

Miscarriage and baby loss helplines

Baby loss helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on baby loss.

Sands (Stillbirth & neonatal death charity)

Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. We operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

sands.org.uk

Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is here to provide support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.

miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Tommy’s

We are the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We also provide information for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

tommys.org

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

sayinggoodbye.org

Lighten The Load: Helplines

The Samaritans

Samaritans.org

You don’t have to be suicidal to call Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call them any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.

Mind

The Mind InfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.

http://www.mind.org.uk/

Mind Info line: 0300 123 3393

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation deliver change and help empower people to make real changes in their lives.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Best Beginnings: Heads Together

Around 2 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy and within the first year after having a baby. Significantly more parents might feel overwhelmed, isolated, anxious or fearful. Best Beginnings is here to help.

https://www.headstogether.org.uk/ht_charity_partners/best-beginnings/

Young Minds

youngminds.org.uk

Tel: 0808 802 5544

The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

RETHINK

Tel: 0300 5000 927

rethink.org

Working together to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

Time to Change

time-to-change.org.uk

Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Our vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination and to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health.

Bi-Polar UK

Tel: 020 7931 6480

bipolaruk.org.uk

BiPolar UK is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives.

ChildLine

Helpline: 0808 11 11

childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards . You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone, you can contact ChildLine.

Mindfull.org

mindfull.org

Are you feeling down, depressed or worried? Is your mind full of negative thoughts or questions? Do you want to talk about your mental health? If so, MindFull is the place for you! MindFull is a brilliant new service for 11-17 year olds, providing support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing; helping you to overcome life's ups and downs and feel confident and happy about who you are. You choose the type of support you receive and, because MindFull is online, you can get it whenever you want it, wherever you are. MindFull is here to help you get better; and we'll also give you tools and tips to help you get through those tough times that may arise in the future. We know that asking for help is not always easy, but MindFull is a safe and trustworthy space where you can choose the right support for you.

Get Connected

Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (1pm - 11pm)

getconnected.org

Confidential National helpline for young people under 25 helps them work out what they need most. Can put them in touch with places that can help - whatever the issue.

Depression UK

depressionuk.org

The mission of Depression UK is to promote mutual support between individuals affected by or at risk from depression, with the aim of encouraging self help, recovery and personal growth. We believe our members are helped when they share their problems with fellow sufferers, because they understand, better than any non-depressed professional or carer can ever do, what it really feels like to suffer from depression. These members can then share their thoughts, feelings, hopes, disappointments and successes, and in so doing offer mutual support to each other.

Helplines for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual violence

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE THERE ARE MANY ORGANISATIONS WHO CAN HELP

NeverTooLateToTell

NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood)
www.napac.org.uk
The UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.

NAPAC’s support line - national support line for adult survivors of any type of childhood abuse, 0808 801 0331 free from UK landlines or mobiles. They don’t ask names, they don’t record calls, the number won’t show up on your bill. Around one in 5 callers to our support line are telling someone for the first time about what they suffered.

Go to www.napac.org.uk for information and resources for survivors, professionals and people who have friends or family who were abused in childhood.

We have some advice for friends and family on how to support someone who is a survivor http://napac.org.uk/know-a-survivor/.

NSPCC
The NSPCC helpline is available if you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact their professional counsellors 24/7 for help, advice and support.

Call on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Baby loss and miscarriage helplines and advice

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on baby loss

The Lullaby Trust (formerly FSID the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death)

Bereavement Helpline: 0808 802 6868

lullabytrust.org.uk

The UK's leading baby charity working to prevent sudden deaths and promote health. Lullaby funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice, including helpline for bereaved parents and their families, friends, neighbours and anyone else who has experienced the sudden death of a baby.

The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

Helpline: 0808 164 3332

uk-sands.org

SANDS provide support for bereaved parents and their families when their baby dies, before, during or soon after birth as well as information and support for healthcare professionals.

The Miscarriage Association

Helpline: 01924 200 799

miscarriageassociation.org.uk

We know that miscarriage can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. If you have been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, whether recently or long ago, we hope that you will find here support, information and comfort.

Tommy’s

Helpline: 0800 0147 800

tommys.org

When a baby dies

Funds medical research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth and provides information on having a healthy baby. Raises awareness of the facts and provides free, accurate and up-to-date information for medical professionals and parents-to-be. This includes a dedicated telephone midwife service, a comprehensive website and free books and leaflets dedicated to promoting health in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy