Claudia Jones Organisation is keen to support those practioners working internationally.
We have listed online resources that those working outside of the UK can access and use in their work.
NHS Guidance: The death of a loved one can be devastating. Bereavement counsellor Sarah Smith describes some of the feelings that can arise from losing someone, and where you can go for help and support. Watch a video about coping with the sudden death of a loved one.
Dealing with loss-NHS Guidance: Times of emotional crisis and upset often involve some kind of loss. For example, the loss of a loved one, or the end of a marriage or relationship.
British Psychological Society: Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour. Psychology and psychologists can bring further understanding to a range of different topics and aspects of everyday life. Read their advice about bereavement here.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists: Has information for anyone who has been bereaved, their family and friends, and anyone else who wants to learn more. Find out how people normally grieve after a loss, unresolved grief, places to get help, other sources of information and how friends and relatives can help. Read this information here.
Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. The Helpline can give support, help and information over the telephone, wherever the caller might be in the country. The Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by fully trained female helpline support workers and volunteers. All calls are completely confidential.
Women’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. They support a network of over 300 dedicated specialist domestic violence services across the UK. They have a domestic abuse directory, Survivors Forum and Survivor’s Handbook.
Rights of Women runs a criminal law advice line and will provide free legal advice for women. They also produce free leaflets which you can download from their site (including ones on sexual violence and on sexual harassment).
OneSpace.org.uk is the parenting site for single parents and their children, brought to you by the Single Parents Action Network (SPAN). They provide online help and support from other single parents as well as advice and guidance from professional experts. Their experts can also answer your questions by email and in confidence on domestic violence.
Health and Wellbeing
CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably exists to prevent young male suicide in the UK, the single biggest killer of young men with 4639 suicides in 2012 alone. If you or someone you know ishaving problems call their London helpline on 0808 802 58 58 (London helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Calls are free from landlines, pay phones and EE, O2, 3, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and Virgin. Other networks, such as supermarket brand sims, may charge). Alternatively text 07537 404717 and include CALM1 at the beginning of your first message. Texts are confidential and anonymous. We don’t charge, but your network might.
Depression Alliance provides information and support services for people affected by depression within the UK. They work to relieve and prevent depression via self-help groups, supporter services and by providing information via their publications.
Family Lives: support and advice have been helping parents and care-givers achieve the best possible relationships with their children for over three decades. They currently help over a million children each year through their 24 hour helpline, email and live chat services , befriending services and parenting/relationship support groups.
Mental Health Foundation are committed to help everyone live mentally healthier lives and to reduce the suffering caused by mental ill health. They carry out research and develop practical solutions for better mental health services for all, while campaigning to reduce the stigma and discrimination while promoting better mental health for us all.
Mind provide advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem, they currently support 250,000 people across England and Wales with supported housing, crisis helplines, employment and training schemes, drop-in centres, counselling and befriending. To find out about Mind’s services in Hackney look at their website here.
Rethink Mental Illness has been challenging attitudes and changing lives, helping people living with a diverse range of mental health issues for over 40 years. They provide community support including supports housing projects, support groups and information via publications and a helpline.
Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide and have been doing so for almost 60 years. They are best known for the helpline but they also carry out high quality research and publish newsletters.
Turning Point assists people with drug or alcohol problems, mental health issues, learning disabilities or employment solutions and will tailor their services to give the individual support required.
Looked After Children and Young People
The Care Leavers’ Association bring together the voices of care leavers of all ages so that we improve the current care system, improve the quality of life of care leavers throughout their lives and change for the better society’s perception of people who have been in care as children.
LILAC focuses on participation and making sure looked-after children and young people are involved in decisions relating to both their individual care and the policies and practices of the services that look after them.
YoungMinds Moving On Project: YoungMinds is committed to promoting the emotional well being of all young people. Looked After Young People are often some of the most vulnerable in our society and research suggests that many have significant mental health needs.
Family and friends carers: information leaflet: This advice leaflet published on 28th May 2014 describes the support that may be available to family and friends carers. It is intended to help those family members or friends access services in their local area and national helplines.
Nice Guidance: This joint guidance from NICE and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is for all those who have a role in promoting the quality of life (that is, the physical health, and social, educational and emotional wellbeing) of looked-after children and young people. The focus of the guidance is on how organisations, professionals and carers can work together to help looked-after children and young people reach their full potential and enjoy the same opportunities in life as their peers.The recommendations cover local strategy and commissioning, multi-agency working, care planning and placements, and timely access to appropriate health and mental health services.
Money Advice Service: is an independent service, set up by government to help people make the most of their money. They give free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face to face.
Advice Guide: Self-help from the Citizens Advice Bureau: Dealing with money issues can sometimes be off-putting, but if you don’t understand how things like credit or mortgages works, you could end up losing out financially or getting yourself deep in debt.
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Mental health and money: Managing personal finances and good mental health go hand in hand – problems with either make dealing with the other more difficult. These pages, kindly produced by Mind and supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, contain a range of information that explain how mental health can affect your finances, and give tips on how to manage your money if you do experience mental distress.
Support For Single Parents
Gingerbread provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents. Their free, confidential helpline provides support and expert advice on anything from dealing with a break-up, to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. Call the helpline on 0808 802 0925 Mondays: 10am to 6pm, Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 10am to 4pm and Wednesdays: 10am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.