Our Support

We have a great deal of experience in helping people with their feelings and thoughts, and together with family and friends, we try our best to support and be helpful, but sometimes this isn’t enough.

If you feel like talking to someone, confidentially, perhaps it is worth having a look at one or two of the following sites to find out more about them?

Cornwall Bereavement Network

The network was set up in early 2020 to help people affected by bereavement find support and services in one central resource.

Our goal is to make support easily accessible to those experiencing bereavement, whether that is through end-of-life care, funeral planning, legal services, counselling, or support groups.

Cornwall Bereavement Network

The Bereavement Counselling Service

This charity offers specialist bereavement counselling in response to complicated grief and traumatic loss. The therapists have specialist knowledge, training and experience and work under regular professional supervision.

The BCS is based in Plymouth (UK) and is partially funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group which covers Plymouth and some of Devon. With fund raising support it is possible for some clients to receive their counseling without charge

Bereavement Counselling Service (SW)

CRUSE Bereavement Care

Offering free and confidential one-to-one support for bereaved people, friendship support groups; training in bereavement awareness leading to recognised accreditation. CRUSE also offer a dedicated website for young people affected by bereavement.

Contact Position National – 0844 477 9400
Telephone           Devon – 0300 330 5466
E-mail                 helpline@cruse.org.uk
Website               www.cruse.org.uk/

Jeremiah’s Journey

Jeremiah’s Journey offers support to bereaved children and their families who live in Plymouth or the immediate surrounding area. The main part of their service is to run a short term therapeutic group programme.

Telephone     01752 424348
E-mail           info@jeremiahsjourney.org.uk
Website         www.jeremiahsjourney.org.uk

The Jolly Dollies Social Network for Widows

Widows Group The Jolly Dollies are an organisation started by widows for widows whose main objective is to help widows regain a social life through friendship and organised social events. Their aim is to connect widows locally and nationally, so that The Jolly Dollies network can reach all those widows who want and deserve to have a full, happy and supportive social life.

Contact Name            Yvonne Vann
Contact Position        Founder member The Jolly Dollies Social Network for Widows
E-mail                        thejollydollies@gmail.com
Website                      www.thejollydollies.com

The Royal British Legion Area Office

Are available to help support serving and ex members of the armed forces community and their dependants. They can provide advice, information and support on:
Housing, Benefits/low income, War Disablement Pensions and Armed Forces, Compensation Scheme, Debt and financial concerns, Physical and mental health, Drug and alcohol addiction, Bereavement, Disability
Relationship breakdown and domestic abuse

Telephone      0808 802 8080
E-mail            http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/contact-us
Website          counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/devon

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Mental Health Charities and Organisations

  • Anxiety UK

    Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

    Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

    Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

  • Bipolar UK

    A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

    Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

  • CALM

    CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably. A charity providing a mental health helpline and webchat.

    Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

    Website: www.thecalmzone.net

  • Men’s Health Forum

    24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

    Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

  • Mental Health Foundation

    Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

    Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

  • Mind

    Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

    Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

    Website: www.mind.org.uk

  • No Panic

    Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

    Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

    Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

  • OCD Action

    Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

    Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

    Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

  • OCD UK

    A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

    Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

    Website: www.ocduk.org


    Young suicide prevention society.

    Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (9am to midnight, every day of the year)

    Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

  • Rethink Mental Illness

    Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

    Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

    Website: www.rethink.org

  • SANE

    Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

    Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare

    Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum

    Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

  • Young Minds

    Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

    Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

    Website: www.youngminds.org.uk


    Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.

    Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)

    0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)

    Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

  • Refuge

    Advice on dealing with domestic violence.

    Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

    Website: www.refuge.org.uk

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    A free self-help group. Its “12 step” programme involves getting sober with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups.

    Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline)

    Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

  • Al-Anon

    Al-Anon is a free self-help “12 step” group for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking

    Phone: 0800 0086 811 (daily, 10am to 10pm)

    Website: https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/

  • Drinkline

    A free confidential helpline for people worried about their own or someone else’s drinking.

    Phone: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm)

  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics

    National Association for Children of Alcoholics offers free confidential advice and information to everyone affected by a parent’s drinking including children, adults and professionals.

    Phone: 0800 358 3456 (Friday, Saturday and Monday 12pm to 7pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm to 9pm)

    Website: https://www.nacoa.org.uk/

  • SMART Recovery UK

    SMART Recovery UK face-to-face and online groups help people decide whether they have a problem with alcohol and drugs, build up their motivation to change, and offer a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.

    Phone: 0330 053 6022 for general enquiries about SMART Recovery UK (9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday)

    Website: https://smartrecovery.org.uk/

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