0300 10 20 505 Friday-Monday 8pm until midnight UK standard rate calls
'Giving your time, could give someone else a lifeline' SOS Silence of Suicide. Apply to volunteer https://sossilenceofsuicide.org/volunteer-with-sos/
0300 1020 505
'SOS is about building individual and collective resilience, empowering everyone to recognise their own self worth' - SOS Silence of Suicide
SOS are delighted to provide support services to anyone with a minimum age of 12.
Our phone support service has recently been re-aligned so that our volunteers are then when you most need them. We are available Friday to Monday inclusive between 8pm and midnight. Call us on 0300 1020 505 (standard rate calls) if you need to talk to someone with kindness and compassion.
We also operate online support sessions. Any planned will be listed on our events page.
Out of hours: If there is an immediate risk to the life and/or safety of yourself or someone else, please dial or text 999
Online Open Zoom Chats: To talk about anything mental health, please register for one of our meetings via our events page.
Important Information: None of the services listed on our pages equate to an endorsement. You should do your own research to find the best support services for yourself, which may, or may not be listed on this page, thank you.
Covid has seen many people lose their jobs and many businesses reduce staffing levels or even close completely. Make sure you and your family do not go without by claiming the benefits to which you are entitled. For information on what you could claim and how, go to: https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators
UK Detox is the premier advice centre for addiction services, detox clinics and rehabilitation centres, ensuring yourself or a loved one and their families are supported fully throughout the rehabilitation process. Our representatives have all been through addiction treatment themselves and are active within the recovery community, offering a truly empathetic service. Your quality of care is our main concern, whether it is for you or a loved one, we are here to guide you throughout the entire process. We are available, free, 24/7 through our website, email, phone, Facebook messenger and even Whatsapp. Don’t suffer in silence reach out and let us help you find the care you need for your circumstance.
IF YOU ARE A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON UP TO THE AGE OF 35, YOU CAN SPEAK TO PAPYRUS
116 123 (UK & ROI)
LIFELINE (NORTHERN IRELAND)
0808 808 8000
C.A.L.L. HELPLINE (WALES)
0800 132 737
CHOOSE LIFE (SCOTLAND)
08457 90 90 90
CAUSE SPECIFIC SUPPORT
NATIONAL DEBT LINE 0808 808 4000
AGE UK ADVICE LINE 0800 055 6112.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 0800 9177 650
The BEAD Project provides information, support and hope for anyone whose loved one has died as a result of drug or alcohol use.
Brake is a road safety charity that runs a helpline for anyone bereaved as a result of a road crash. They also runs free courses to train people to educate young drivers about the consequences of dangerous driving behaviours.
Child Bereavement UK provides support to families and professionals when a child dies or when a child is bereaved of someone important in their lives. Services offered include a Support and Information Line, Buckinghamshire-based Family Bereavement Support Service, interactive website with a Families and Professionals Forum, resources and Professionals Training Programme.
Child Death Helpline A telephone helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child, from pre-birth to the death of an adult child, however long ago, and whatever the circumstances. It is staffed by experienced and trained bereaved parent volunteers.
Childline For children and young people who are struggling to cope emotionally
The Compassionate Friends is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. They also offer support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.
The Coroners Courts Support Service gives emotional & practical support to families & witnesses attending Inquests at specific Coroner’s Court locations, detailed on their website.
Cruse Bereavement Care is the largest bereavement support organisation for both adults and children in the UK. Provides one-to-one support to anyone who has suffered bereavement, together with a telephone helpline. Their website gives further information and contact details for local branches.
CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young supports those bereaved through young sudden cardiac death (also known as SADS, SDS); and has a Surgery Supporters Network for young people (aged 14-35) diagnosed with a cardiac condition. CRY promotes heart screening and ECG testing programmes, and funds the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology and the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology.
DrugFam supports families affected by a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol, working with individual family members and carers rather than the user. They offer telephone support, befriending, counselling, local support groups in Buckinghamshire and bereavement support
Grief Talk is a free helpline from Grief Encounter providing instant, confidential advice and support for bereaved children, young people and adults – available on the phone, via online chat and email.
Inquest provides help and advice for those facing an inquest. Bereaved people can obtain a free information pack, including the Inquest Handbook.
The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies, emotional support for bereaved families and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Mankind – supporting male victims of domestic abuse
Mens Advice Line – supporting male victims of domestic abuse
Miscarriage Association provides information and support for those who have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.
Paul’s Fund and Paul’s Place Grants to young adults aged approximately 18 to 30 who are facing bereavement, diagnosis of a life threatening or terminal illness, or have a significant long term caring role for a family member. Covers accommodation costs of holiday break at Paul’s Place, a B&B with self-catering facility.
Refuge Supporting women and children suffering from domestic abuse
SADS UK Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome is a national cardiac charity providing support to families and individuals affected by a sudden unexpected death. Qualified counsellors and support contacts offer assistance after the death of a child or young spouse. Retreats for the bereaved. Also supports those diagnosed with cardiac conditions and donates cardiac equipment to medical establishments.
SAMM Support after Murder and Manslaughter support those who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter, through a telephone helpline, information and other activities, including local groups.
Sands Still and Neonatal Death Charity offer support when your baby dies during pregnancy or after birth.
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. It also organises remembrance services in Cathedrals for those who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.
See You Soon is a book, which explores, from a personal perspective, issues around bereavement, drugs in the family, and hope.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide provide help and support to those bereaved by the suicide of a relative or close friend. They provide information, a helpline and other activities, including local groups and events throughout the UK.
Switchboard supporting the LGBTQ communities
The Twins Trust Bereavement Support Group exists to support all parents and carers of multiples who have experienced loss whether it was during pregnancy, at birth or at any point afterwards
WAY Widowed and Young is a UK charity that offers a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who’s lost a partner before their 51st birthday – married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation.
Winston’s Wish support bereaved children and young people up to the age of 18 through a whole range of activities, including a helpline, group work, residential events and resources.
Women’s Aid Supporting female victims of domestic abuse
2 Wish Upon a Star is a Welsh charity providing bereavement support for families who have suddenly and traumatically lost a child or young adult aged 25 years and under.
Specialist Support from Care for the Family:
Bereaved Parent Support provides support for any parent whose son or daughter has died at any age, in any circumstances, and at any stage in their journey of grieving. We provide a telephone befriending service (for those who have lost a child aged 35 or under), day and weekend support events, a regular email support newsletter, a Facebook page, personal stories and helpful articles, and short support films in the Bereavement Playlist on Care for the Family’s YouTube channel. We also run ‘Brothers and Sisters: life after loss’ events and a closed Facebook group to support bereaved adult siblings.
Widowed Young Support provides support for anyone whose partner has died early in life (up to age 50, or older if there are dependent children). We provide a telephone befriending service, day and weekend support events, a regular email support newsletter, a Facebook page, personal stories and helpful articles, and short support films in the Bereavement Playlist on Care for the Family’s YouTube channel.
For emotional support, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Alternatively, you can email Women’s Aid on firstname.lastname@example.orgFor free and confidential advice and support for women in London affected by abuse, you can call Solace on 0808 802 5565 or email email@example.com
Cancer UK Cancer Related Questions: 0808 800 4040 | Call Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
For those affected by the passing of a pet:
Bluecross for Pets have a great website with lots of useful information