Information and Support
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this programme, the following organisations can help:
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone who has experienced bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Call 0844 477 9400 (Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.00pm). If you're in Northern Ireland, call 02890 792 419.
Bereavement Advice Centre
The Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and web-based information service which supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death. They welcome calls from bereaved people, as well as the professionals and volunteers who support them, and they aim to give straightforward, useful information, advice and signposting when you need it. Call their helpline on 0800 634 9494.
BBC Health: Bereavement
Information on the experience of bereavement and advice on ways to come to terms with loss.
The Coroners' Courts Support Service
The Coroners’ Courts Support Service is a registered charity whose volunteers give emotional and practical support to families and other witnesses attending Inquests. At this time the service covers 19 Coroner's Courts, and is in the process of developing it in a further three courts. Call 07955 245 955 or 0207 802 4763 (answer phone). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. Call 0844 561 6855 (9.00am to 9.00pm every day).
Child Death Helpline
The Child Death Helpline is a national charity that offers support to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from prebirth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago. The helpline is staffed by bereaved parent volunteers, supported by a professional team. Call 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019 (Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm; Tuesday and Wednesday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm; evenings from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, seven days a week).
The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
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. Call their helpline on 0845 123 2304.
The Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Call 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day).
If you’re a young person and you’re considering suicide, or you feel depressed or like you’re not coping with life, HOPELineUK - provided by the organisation PAPYRUS - is a confidential helpline service staffed by trained professionals who can give support, practical advice and information. Call their helpline on 0800 068 41 41 (Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm, then again from 7.00pm to 10.00pm; weekends 2.00pm to 5.00pm). PAPYRUS can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.
Rape Crisis National Helpline
The Rape Crisis National Helpline can offer help and support to male and female survivors of rape or sexual abuse over 14 years of age, however long ago it happened. They can also offer help and support to partners, friends and family. Call their national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 (daily from 12.00pm to 2.30pm, then again from 7.00pm to 9.30pm).
Survivors UK provide information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. Call 0845 122 1201 (Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.30pm; Thursday afternoons from 12.00pm to 2.30pm).
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood is a charity that offers support, advice and guidance to adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Call 0800 085 3330 (Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 9.00pm; Friday from 10.00am to 6.00pm).
The Brake helpline offers emotional support, practical information and help if you have been bereaved or seriously injured by a road crash, or if you are supporting someone affected in that way. Contact their helpline on 0845 603 8570 (Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm) or visit their site for support guides.
RoadPeace is a national charity supporting those bereaved as a result of road traffic accidents. Call 0845 4500 355 (Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm).
British Lung Foundation
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is the only UK charity working for everyone affected by lung disease. They focus their resources on providing support for people affected by lung disease. Their website includes information about Asbestosis and related diseases. Call their helpline on 08458 50 50 20 (Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 6.00pm).
BBC Health: Asbestosis
Information about Asbestosis diagnosis, symptoms and treatment.
If you’re an older person living alone and want to know what services Age UK offer locally, call the charity on 0800 169 6565 (8.00am to 7.00pm) or visit them online.