Being there, listening, reflecting, focusing and building rapport are all an essential part of effective counselling. We are continuing to develop our services, and we're now able to provide face-to-face, telephone calls and remote counselling.
We know that bereavement, loss and grief can cause us huge pain and sadness. It can leave us feeling alone, confused and fearful. It’s really important to remember that whilst grief and bereavement can impact our mental health, they are not mental illnesses. These feelings are entirely normal and are part of the healing and change process we all go through after experiencing a profound loss.
For the vast majority of people these feeling will become easier to live with as time goes by. Talking to family members, friends and colleagues about how we are feeling is one of the best things we can do to help make ourselves feel better and we know that sometimes this can be a long and slow journey. Organisations such as Cruse, Samaritans, Mind and NHS 111 also have helplines and resources that can help with grief, loss and wellbeing.
On rare occasions people may still be experiencing significant problems long after the bereavement has passed. In cases like these we know that expert, clinical support can make a difference and that’s where Teesside Hospice Bereavement Counselling Service focusses its work.
If your bereavement was over six months ago and you are still finding that you are having serious difficulties we are here to help. Our trained counsellors can help you to understand your feelings, how they are impacting you and develop tools and techniques that will reduce and alleviate their impact.
We have an online system that will allow you to refer yourself & gather some general information. If you meet the criteria for support one of our team will contact you to arrange an appointment.
We do our counselling face to face (when safe to do so), by video and phone. The referrals will ask for your NHS number. If you don’t know this, this link shows you where to look.
Yes. Whilst we are preparing to accept new referrals, there are resources online and bereavement helplines that will be able to give you advice and guidance.
NHS Bereavement Helpline
Call the NHS bereavement helpline on 0800 2600 400 for guidance and support if someone you know has died.
It's open every day from 8am to 8pm.
The nurses on the helpline can give you advice, guidance and practical support during this difficult time.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse offers telephone, email and website support to anyone affected by bereavement. You can visit www.cruse.org.uk or call their helpline on 0808 808 1677 to access their support.
Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement UK help children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.
Visit www.childbereavementuk.org or call their helpline on 0800 088 8840 for support.
Winston's Wish support children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling. Their helpline is free to call on 08088 020 021 and offers therapeutic advice following a bereavement.
You can visit their website too for more information; www.winstonswish.org
Yes, if you need to speak to someone straight away, there is help out there.
The Samaritans are there to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind. You can call day or night, for free, on 116 123 or visit their website www.samaritans.org
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