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In a crisis?

For urgent medical attention, for example, if you’re worried about acting on thoughts of suicide, or you’ve seriously harmed yourself, you can call 999 or go straight to A&E.

What is bereavement?

The death of someone close to you, such as a family member, friend or pet, can be emotionally devastating; you’ll need space to grieve and come to terms with their death. You might find you experience a range of physical and emotional symptoms as you come to terms with your loss. These can include numbness, anger, sadness, stress, loneliness, depression and suicidal feelings.

These feelings are all normal for someone to come across when they have experienced a bereavement. Some people may find that coming to terms with the death of a loved one is a struggle, and sometimes life can feel very hard to cope with. However, although working through grief may take time, with the right support from our family, friends and services, you’ll be able to learn to cope with bereavement.

Talking to someone about what’s happened and how you’re feeling can help you come to terms with a death or a loss. You may want to talk to a friend, family member or trusted adult, such as a teacher. If it feels like things are just getting too overwhelming and you’re really struggling, you may want to visit your GP, who may recommend a type of talking therapy.

Useful contacts – in a crisis

Dorset Mind isn’t a crisis service and we’re unable to help someone who may be in serious mental distress. Please use the following options if you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

Urgent medical attentionIf you or someone else is in serious risk of death or injury, call 999.

Other crisis situations:

  • Call your GP or other allocated health professional, such as your Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) or Mental Health Crisis Team)
  • Call NHS 111 (out-of-hours)

Someone to talk toIf you’re desperate to talk to someone, the Samaritans can help – call 116 123 for emotional support and a listening ear 24/7. This is a freephone number. It can be called from a mobile that has no credit and the call won’t appear on the phone bill.

Useful contacts – who else can help?

Child Bereavement UK

Supports families and provides training to professionals for when a young person is facing bereavement.

Cruse Bereavement  – Local!

Provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies. Cruse in Dorset offer services to the majority of the county of Dorset. Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch including Verwood and Ferndown are covered by the New Forest branch.

They offer different levels of support as well as leaflets and publications to help young people. They also offer a website, Hope Again, which is designed by and for young people. It includes information and message boards where young people can share their experiences.

Grief Encounter

1 in 29 children in the UK under the age of 16 will experience the death of a parent. Grief Encounter supports individuals through confusion, fear, anxiety and grief. They offer a helpline, family programmes, specialist resources and e-counselling services.

Mosaic – Local!

Mosaic is a Dorset-wide charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families, providing individual, family and group support. Every young person has the opportunity to attend their residential weekend programme where they can meet others and share their experiences.

Winston’s Wish

Supports bereaved young people and their families. They have a national helpline, drop-ins and a variety of useful resources to support individuals through the different stages of bereavement.

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