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British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Area served: National

Telephone: 01455 883 300

Website: www.bacp.co.uk

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) champion the counselling professions as a viable, and increasingly evidence-based choice for people. Counselling changes not just the lives of individuals, but of families and communities. They help the general public, individuals and commissioners make better, more informed choices about the provision of counselling, and continue to raise the ethical and professional standards.


Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm


Campaign against Living Miserably (CALM)

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 585858

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Standing together, united against suicide are Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and are taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling rubbish, standing up to stereotypes, and standing together to show life is always worth living. 125 lives are lost every week to suicide. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. They exist to change this and do it by provoking conversation, running life-saving services, and bringing people together so they reject living miserably, get help when they need it and don’t die by suicide.


Hours: Helpline, 5pm - Midnight daily - telephone or webchat service


Centre 33

Area served: Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas

Telephone: 0333 414 1809

Website: www.centre33.org.uk

Centre 33 aims to help every young person fulfil their potential. They aim to relieve and prevent suffering caused by mental or physical ill health, or by financial hardship, or need caused by other reasons, through the provision of counselling, information and other services to support young people aged 25 and under in the City of Cambridge, the County of Cambridgeshire, the City of Peterborough and surrounding areas.




Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 1111

Website: www.childline.org.uk

Services: Childline helps anyone under the age of 19 in the UK with any issue they are going through. They can talk about anything and can have counselling and bereavement support available. Telephone, email or 1-2-1 counsellor chats are available. Each person must set up an account to have private access to all.

Hours: 24 hours daily


Chris's House

Area served: Lanarkshire

Telephone: 01236 766 755

Website: www.chrisshouse.org

Offers support and awareness to mental ill health to people who have been affected by suicide and the on-going ripple it has on family, friends, and the community. Volunteers have all been affected in some way themselves. Group support, online groups, and therapies at Chris’s House.




Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 808 3555

Website: www.contact.org.uk

They run a free helpline for parents and carers with a disabled child aged from birth to 25, living in any part of the UK. Provides support, information and training for families with disabled children. Local family support. Information and support for bereaved families who have lost a disabled child.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5


Counselling Directory

Area served: National

Telephone: 0333 325 2500

Website: www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Please note: this organisation is not a charity but offers sources of information and people for you to choose to book for private therapy.
Although our policy is not to list commercial organisations, we do list this organisation alongside a few other similar support organisations as we know how important it is for parents to have access to professional therapeutic support.


Depression UK

Area served: National

Website: www.depressionuk.org

A national self-help charity promoting mutual support between individuals affected by depression, through pen and phone friend schemes, signposting to local self help groups, internet chat, and newsletters.



Ewen's Room

Area served: West Highlands

Telephone: 01967 401130

Website: www.ewensroom.com

A mental health and wellbeing charity supporting mental health and wellbeing whilst raising awareness. Weekly open doors drop-in centre (currently online) and a free textline 07537 431 637 or befriending service is also available.



Falkirk's Mental Health Association (FDAMH)

Area served: Falkirk and surrounding Forth Valley

Telephone: 01324 671 600

Website: www.fdamh.org.uk

Falkirk's Mental Health Association (FDAMH) working with people and families experiencing the impact of mental illness. Specifically, they run a bereaved by Suicide group on the last Wednesday of the month for people based in the Falkirk and Forth Valley area - welcoming all who are dealing with a painful loss through suicide.


Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm


Hypnotherapy Directory

Area served: National

Telephone: 0333 325 2502

Website: www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk

Services: A confidential website service that encourages those in need to seek help and to connect individuals with qualified hypnotherapists in the UK. They offer information about what hypnotherapy is, how it can help, articles written by practitioners including articles on PTSD and the latest hypnotherapy news. To ensure the professionalism of their website, all hypnotherapists have provided qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.



Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 028 9032 8474

Website: www.inspirewellbeing.org

Inspire - wellbeing, ability and recovery. They are the national mental health charity for Northern Ireland. They work together with people living with mental ill health, intellectual disability, autism and addictions. Working towards a culture of compassion, free from stigma and focusing on people and their abilities.



Kaleidoscope Plus

Area served: National

Telephone: 0121 565 5605

Website: www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

24 hour text crisis support, suicide prevention services, bereavement support, counselling in the community, mental health services for children and activity groups within the community aimed at promoting inclusion, support, recovery, wellness and self-care.



Let's Talk About Loss

Area served: National

Website: www.letstalkaboutloss.org

Let's talk about loss is a safe space to talk through taboos and address the reality of losing someone close to you when you are young. They run meet ups across the UK for young people aged between 18 and 35 encouraging everyone to talk about grief.




Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 0808 808 8000

Website: www.lifelinehelpline.info

Services: Anyone of any age living in Northern Ireland can call if they are experiencing distress or despair. Lifeline counsellors are experienced in trauma, suicide, self-harm, abuse, depression, anxiety. Calls about anything that causes concern are welcome.


London Bereavement Network

Area served: London

Telephone: 020 7700 8134

Website: www.beh-mht.nhs.uk

Services: Provides information and support to the members of the public in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey who are bereaved and the professionals who support them.



Area served: England and Wales

Telephone: 0300 123 3393

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Information and advice on mental health issues. Legal advice. Local branches.



Natural Therapy for All

Area served: National

Telephone: 01633 408 870

Website: www.nationaltherapyforall.com

Services: An online web directory listing complementary therapists such as counsellors, hypnotherapists, acupuncturists etc who are based all over the UK. The site also has a wealth of information about various types of distress that complementary therapies can help.


Pete's Dragons

Area served: Devon

Telephone: 01395 277 780

Website: www.petesdragons.org.uk

Supports anyone in the Devon area who has been affected by suicide. Support is offered through grants to help with unexpected costs, a listening service, practical advice and assistance, source and liaise with support services and children & family fun days.



Relationships Scotland

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 0345 119 2020

Website: www.relationships-scotland.org.uk

Offers a wide range of relationship counselling, family mediation and child contact centre services across Scotland to help families.



Ripples of Compassion

Area served: Wiltshire

Website: www.ripplesofcompassion.com

A charity supporting children with cancer/life-limiting conditions, their families, and bereaved parents. Helping to make their difficult journeys easier wherever they can. They offer Bereavement Therapy, Well-Being Walks, Self-Care Boxes and Keepsakes.




Area served: National

Telephone: 116 123

Website: www.samaritans.org

Whatever people are going through, a samaritan will face it with them. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call free or email if it is easier to write down.



Scotland's Mental Health (SAMH)

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 0344 800 0550

Website: www.samh.org.uk

SAMH is Scotland's national mental health charity. They work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support. Over 60 services throughout Scotland such as peer support, therapeutic horticulture, homelessness and addictions.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm


Shining a Light on Suicide

Area served: Greater Manchester

Telephone: 0161 989 0902

Website: www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk

They are bringing suicide out of the dark in Greater Manchester because it affects everyone. Whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried someone else is, or have lost someone to suicide, people are not alone. Information, help and signposting to local support.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5


Sibling Link

Area served: Brighton, Hove and Sussex

Website: www.siblinglink.co.uk

Sibling Link is a peer support group set up by two friends who have brothers with mental health issues. Sibling Link is open to any siblings over 18 with a brother or sister who has struggled with mental illness. The other support group is for siblings who have been bereaved by suicide. The focus is on talking and listening.



Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service

Area served: Somerset

Telephone: 0300 330 5463 (24 hours)

Website: www.mindinsomerset.org.uk/our-services/somerset-suicide-bereavement-support-service

Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service is for anyone bereaved by suicide in Somerset. They offer emotional support as well as guidance through the trauma of sorting out personal affairs. The service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.



Stand Alone

Area served: National

Telephone: 020 7407 9500

Website: www.standalone.org.uk

Stand Alone is a charity supporting people that are estranged from their family or children. They work to prevent estranged adults becoming vulnerable. Support groups as well as practical advice and guides.



The Laura Centre

Area served: Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Coventry

Telephone: 0116 2544341

Website: www.thelauracentre.org.uk

The Laura Centre is a friendly and easily accessible service, providing professional holistic support to bereaved families. They support parents who have lost children and children who have lost a parent. The service is free of charge. A death in the family of a child or parent, is a devastating and traumatic loss. Based in Leicester, with centres also in Derby and Coventry, the centre offers wide ranging individual and group support as well as a variety of alternative therapies. They have recently started working with the Zephyr Project offering counselling services at Nottingham City Hospital.



The Silver Line

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 470 8090

Website: www.thesilverline.org.uk

The Silver Line is is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and support to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. No question too big, no problem too small and no need to be alone.




Area served: National

Website: www.welldoing.org

Provides a therapist matching service for in person and online therapy. All therapists listed should be accredited.
Please note: this organisation is not a charity but offers sources for private therapy.



Young Minds

Area served: National

Telephone: 020 7089 5050

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Young minds is a charity fighting for young people's mental health. Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 for detailed advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to the age of 25.



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