Help for the Helpers
When someone you love is struggling with their mental health, it is not only them who suffers. There are support services for those who are caring for a loved one and would like guidance or someone to talk to.
Below you’ll find information and helplines aimed at those caring for a loved one:
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|wdt_ID||Organisation or Charity||Overview||Target||Services||Location for Individual Support||Costs||Website||Contact||How it works / What to expect||Additional services / comments||How/When would you think this charity would be useful?|
|Offers advice, training and consulting to those who want to help a family member, friend or co-worker||Individuals, Families||Therapy, Helpline, Legal||Several locations based on your postcode.||No Costs||https://www.rethink.org/services-groups||Telephone: 0300 5000 927; Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays|
|Adfam empower family members and carers, support frontline workers and influence decision-makers to stop drug and alcohol use threatening and destroying family relationship and wellbeing||Families||Family therapy / advice, Chat/blog, Breavement, Child to Parent Abuse, Support For Professional||Several locations based on your postcode.||No Costs||https://www.adfam.org.uk/||Telephone: 020 3817 9410 (this is not a helpline)|
|Information to help you cope with your loved one's drug or alcohol use as well as links to other sources of support and advice.Our map also lets you search for support in your area. All of the services listed provide help for families. Some are standalone community groups set up by parents, others are treatment services which support families and others are groups running in carers or other community centres.What the services can provide for you may vary but will typically be a mix of one-to-one and group support and will often have a peer element where people facing similar issues come together to share issues and support each others.|
|8||Families Anonymous |
|Families Anonymous is a world-wide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems. FA has groups, spread throughout the country, which meet regularly||Families||Helpline, Family support, In person meetings, Virtual Meetings||Several locations based on your postcode.||No cost||http://famanon.org.uk/||Helpline: 0845 1200 660|
Phone: 0207 4984 680
Email: email@example.com. Calls are normally answered daily 1-4pm and 6-9pm.
|The aim of the group is to help the family and friends of people with a current, suspected or former drug problem by providing mutual support and to offer a forum where experiences and anxieties can be shared. In the group members learn to come to terms with the problem that is disrupting their lives. Attending meetings helps members adopt an honest and consistent approach towards the addict. This in turn often brings him/her to realise that he/she needs help to live without drugs. Experience has shown that help for the family and friends means important help for the drug-dependent person.|
|Provides help and support in all aspects of family life including mental health. Primarily targeted at parents or adults responsibile for children.||Families - in particular parents||Helpline||Several locations based on your postcode.||No cost||https://www.familylives.org.uk/||Helpline: 08088002222||Provides support across all aspects of family life including child development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. We also respond when life becomes complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, risky teenage behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children. It is good to talk and we can help you find solutions and recommend further support within our own wider services and/or from our many partner organisations.|
|10||Care for the Family|
|Helps those who are living with loss to discover hope for the future, and the strength to rebuild their lives and the lives of their families.||Families||Training, Newsletter, Resources, Events, Courses||Online||No Cost||https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/family-life/bereavement-support||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Broader services than bereavement but provides courses, events and trainings for those suffering from bereavement.|
|11||Winston's Wish |
|Supports children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.||Families||Helpline, Group and individual||Three locations - Greater Manchester, Hove and Cheltenham||No Cost||https://www.winstonswish.org/||Helpline: 08088 020 021|
|Three teams that offer face-to-face support located in the North West of England (Greater Manchester), the South East of England (Hove) and the South West of England (Cheltenham). The South East team also support children and their families bereaved in the Grenfell tower fire.|
In core areas, we support children bereaved of a parent/carer or sibling whatever the cause of death. We use different community venues as well as our offices (Hove, Cheltenham) within these areas to see families. We also see bereaved families who live outside of the core area if they are willing and able to travel to meet us in one of our venues.