Signposting for National Bereavement and Mental Health Organisations

Bereavement Support

Child Bereavement UK – support bereaved children and young people up to the age of 25.

Has a CHAT facility and a helpline for young people, parents, carers and professionals.

Website has lots of supporting articles for different bereavements and short videos.

Provides training and support for professionals.

Winstons Wish – support bereaved children and young people.

Has a helpline to provide support and advice for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals.
An area they specialise in is bereavement through suicide.

There is a helpline, CHAT service and CRISIS Messenger service and CHAT facility.
They also offer resources to buy.

Childhood Bereavement Network – provides resources for bereaved children & young people, families and professionals.

Runs training and bespoke training.

Provides links to local bereavement organisations.

Cruse Bereavement Care – offer individual or group support for bereaved children.

Has local branches across the country.

Hope Again

Cruse has created a youth website for bereaved young people, to learn from other young people how to deal with the loss of a loved one, with specialised help for children and their families after a suicide.

One feature of it is a message board where young people can share their experiences and receive replies from trained young supporters.

Grief Encounter – provides a national email, call and CHAT facility that bereaved children, young people and those caring for them can access called ‘grieftalk’.

Has resources that children, young people, their families and professionals can use, in particular, for sudden and traumatic death.

Has training courses and bespoke training and The Good Grief Channel.

At A Loss – provide the UK’s website for the bereaved.

Their website has resources, a link to find appropriate local services, practical advice, a counsellor helpline and a CHAT service.
They have resources to help you to find local support after suicide.

The Compassionate Friends – supports bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of a child or children of any age from any cause.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers – dedicated to supporting bereaved British Military children and young people.

Cancer Support

Fruitfly Collective – has many resources to buy and download to open communication and help children understand cancer and how to cope together.

Riprap – is an online website developed for teenagers who have a parent with cancer.

Hope Support – is for young people aged 11+ if a close family member has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. 

You can chat privately to the online support team, or join the community of young people across the UK.

Mental Health Support

Childline – is a free helpline for children and young people on any issue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

It has a school outreach programme.

NSPCC – provide therapeutic services to children to help them move on from abuse and support parents and families in caring for their children.

Seeking Solutions offers children and young people support to deal with problems affecting their life, happiness or wellbeing.

*only available at certain localities, see local signposting for more information.

Young Minds – supports young people with their mental health.

Has resources for professionals and a helpline for parents, including for suicide and self-harm.

Mind – supports children, young people and their families with their mental health and wellbeing.

It provides listening services, information and support for anyone who needs to talk.

Has a national database of mental health charities and organisations.

Kooth – is an online mental health wellbeing community for 11 – 24 year olds.

It provides free safe and anonymous support, with help for self-harm.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – provides training and support for child mental health services.

Place2Be – provides counselling and mental health support and training in schools.

Time-to-Change – supports schools to change the attitude of mental health for children and young people.

Has lots of resources and toolkits online for schools and parents.

The Mix – is a leading support service for young people under the age of 25 years for support and advice for any challenge being faced, including suicide and self-harm.

Has an online community, confidential helpline and counselling service.

Headroom – is an online mental health toolkit for young people and adults.

It has lots of ideas on how to support your mental health.

Suicide/Traumatic Death Support and Self Harm

Support After Suicide Partnership – brings together suicide bereavement organisations and people to provide appropriate and timely support for everyone bereaved or affected by suicide.

They have a database to help you find local support.

Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide, provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide and anyone worried about a young person through their Helpline, HELPLINEUK and a text service.

CALM – the campaign against living miserably, is a living movement against suicide, helping parents, siblings, partners, friends and colleagues.

They run a free and confidential helpline and webchat.

BRAKE – provides free support for anyone bereaved in road crashes and the professionals who support them.

Childline – a private and confidential service for children up to the age of 19 for any issue.

Have a free helpline, one to one online chat service and email facility.

Samaritans – for anyone under the age of 18 years to talk to about any issue in confidence.

They have a free helpline.

Harmless – is a user-led organisation that supports people who self-harm and their friends and family.

Distract – is an app that gives easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-ham and suicidal thoughts for anyone over the age of 17 years.

It aims to help you better understand urges to self-harm, encourages you to monitor and manage symptoms and can help to reduce the risk of suicide.

It has advice, support information and emergency contact numbers.

This is an app that needs to be downloaded. Information about it can be found on