Information and Support
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this programme, the following organisations can help:
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Contact them by phone on 0845 7697 555, 24 hours a day.
Al-Anon is a worldwide charity which offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for young people aged between 12 and 17 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking, usually that of a parent. Contact them by phone on 028 9068 2368.
Addiction NI has been working since 1978 to provide support and treatment to people affected by alcohol or drug addiction. They provide tailor-made treatment programs for people with drug or alcohol problems, delivered in community settings. They also give confidential support for people affected by someone else's drinking or drug use. Contact them by phone on 028 9066 4434.
Turning Point is a social care organisation that provides services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and people affected by a learning disability.
Lifeline is the crisis response counselling helpline for people suffering distress or despair. Whatever your age or circumstances, if you or someone you know are suffering, Lifeline is here to help. Call freephone 0808 808 8000 in confidence, 24 hours a day, for immediate support and up to six free follow-up crisis counselling sessions.
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. Contact the Samaritans by phone on 08457 90 90 90, 24 hours a day, or visit their site.
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. You can call the helpline on 0800 068 41 41. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm, and again from 7.00pm through to 10.00pm. At the weekend, lines are open between 2.00pm and 5.00pm. PAPYRUS can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.
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. Contact them by phone on 0844 561 6855, 9.00am to 9.00pm every day.
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. They can be contacted on 028 9079 2419.