I am detailing below information sites or contact details for organisation that may be useful to know about. I cannot vouch for the content of the websites or helplines listed and would ask that you assess the information you find for credibility. I would also be grateful for any feedback if information listed here is out of date, inaccurate or not appropriate.
Samaritans 08457 909090
Mental Health line 0845 300 2727
National Association for People Abused in Childhood website has very help information and support - www.napac.org.uk
Male victims of sexual abuse
Anxiety and Depression
A very extensive e-CBT programme that helps people with difficulties with anxiety, depression and sleeping difficulties www.livinglifetothefull.com
A very useful source of information on all mental health issues www.mind.org.uk
Cruse is a national organisation with local branches that provide support and listening for those who have suffered a bereavement. This can also be a useful source of information. www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk
Also Mind have a good information sheet about bereavement. www.mind.org.org
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Children and Young People
West Sussex Youth Service can be a source of useful information including contact details for the Information Shops for Young People. Their number is 01243 777771.
For families going through bereavement, illness, separation or divorce the Worthing Family Service offer counselling and support. Contact Fiona Legh-Ellis on 01903 202258.
Relate offer a service for young people (11-18) that are affected by separation or divorce. However, this service only seems to be running in Chichester, Bognor, East Grinstead and Crawley. www.relate.org.uk
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The following websites are full of useful information and support:
Help for Parents
The National Childbirth Trust can be very helpful for advice, support and creating social contacts. They sometimes run "Early Days Postnatal Support Groups". Postnatal support group leaders undergo a thorough training and are well supported by a national organisation passionate about parent's early experiences. 0870 421 4426 for details
www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk. The miscarriage association maintains a UK-wide network of phone counsellors and support groups, and issues a range of publications. Helpline 01924 200799 (mon- Fri 9am – 4pm)
www.uk-sands.org. The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) provides support for bereaved parents and their families when their baby dies at or soon after birth. It has a national helpline and UK-wide network of self help grops run by and for bereaved parents. Also publishes books and leaflets. Helpline 0207 436 5881 (mon – fri 10am – 5pm)
www.apni.org. The Association for Post-Natal Illness offers one-to-one advice (by phone, post or email), information and support for mothers who have or think they may have PND. Also publishes leaflets.
www.cry-sis.org.uk CRY-SIS offers information and support for new parents. Helpline 08451 228 669 (9am – 10pm every day)
www.tcf.org.uk. The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. They also offer support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.
www.home-start.org.uk. A national organisation that offers volunteer help for families with babies and pre-school children and drop-in sessions for support. There is a helpline number 0800 68 63 68.
Netmums - This is an internet community site designed for parents with a designated section for Sussex. www.netmums.com
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Advice, Coaching and Counselling Services for Dads with Super Intentions. Alaistair Mayor is a qualified and experienced counsellor and Dad based in Brighton. 07880 712585, firstname.lastname@example.org www.alistairmayorcounselling.co.uk
A useful source of information and advice with a counselling service is the LGBT Switchboard in Brighton. www.switchboard.org.uk
For information about M.E. explore www.meassociation.org.uk