We have been living in very strange times and many people have been struggling with mental health issues. Some people have lost loved ones and friends often without being able to say goodbye to them properly, either through a funeral ceremony held in a real place (rather than virtually), or through being with them in hospital at the end of their life.
The Grief and Loss Service provided by the local Care Partnership offers information and advice to anyone struggling with feelings of loss, whether as a result of bereavement or other loss such as loss of a way of life, normal contact opportunities, social and work interactions. Pandemic restrictions may also mean that the usual practical and emotional support people can physically get from family, friends, faith groups, community groups during difficult times may not be there.
The service is a free telephone helpline– 0808 196 3833– that operates 8am-8pm, 7 days a week and online chat facility. Specialist advisors will offer practical advice and emotional support, and where appropriate, can signpost people to local place based services for specific counselling or other support.
Visit the website here for more information and for the online chat facility.
The service is commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and is delivered by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices Consortium, Bradford Bereavement Services Consortium and Leeds Mind.