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Organisations That Can Help

Step by Step – Samaritans

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.


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: 0845 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 or Email

Cruse Bereavement Care Help for anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss, with free and confidential support. Helpline: 0844 477 9400, open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm.

The Sand Rose Project Organises breaks for bereaved families. Office: 0845 607 6357, open Monday and Wednesday, 9am – 3pm.

Widowed and Young (WAY) Social and support network for widowed men and women under 50. Telephone 0300 012 4929


Cruse RD4U Young People’s Helpline Telephone help for bereaved young people, provided by Cruse. Helpline: 0808 808 1677, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Childhood Bereavement Network Database of information about sources of support for bereaved children.Page 3 of 4. Office 0207 843 6309

Childhood Bereavement Support and advice for bereaved families. 01494 568 900, 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 9-5pm Telephone 020 8446 7452

Winston’s Wish Practical support for bereaved children, young people and their families, publications. Helpline: 0845 203 0405, open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.


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. Information Pack Request: 0845 123 23 20

INQUEST Advice to bereaved families facing an inquest. 020 7263 1111

Maytree Respite Centre Short-term free accommodation and befriending for the suicidal in a confidential and supportive environment. 020 7263 7070

Mind Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health problem. 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 National Advice Service Help for people affected by mental illness. Helpline: 0300 5000 927, open Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm.

Samaritans Confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Helpline: 08457 909090 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Saneline Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to anybody affected by mental health problems. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.

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.

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