The NHS has set up an emergency helpline for anyone whose loved one has died in hospital.

NHS HelpLine

Cruse Freephone National Helpline on 0808 808 1677.

FRONTLINE for Key Workers, Emergency Services, Care workers, Health workers

Partnership between Shout, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation to provide 'Frontline' which offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.

Call 116 123 from elsewhere in the UK to talk. Or visit the website for full range of services.

Samaritans helpline: Phone 116123.  Available any time of the day or night.  Welsh speakers are also available.

The Samaritans website also has advice and resources for looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic and other ways to get help.

Childline on 0800 11 11 for 24-hour confidential support to children and young people up to the 19th birthday.

CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK provides helpful support and advice about supporting bereaved children at this difficult time. 

WINSTONS WISH offers great advice on how to help children at this time. How to tell them someone has died, how to talk to them about the pandemic and also a helpline if you need to ask for advice. 

CALM on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight) support men anywhere in the UK. Webchat service also available.

Man to Man is a new peer support service set up to help bereaved men between 18 and 35.

CASS on 0808 800 8088 (Mon - Thu from 7pm-10pm) for women looking for confidential and anonymous self-injury support.

PAPYRUS on 0800 068 4141 (Weekdays from 10am-10pm, Weekends from 2pm-10pm and Bank Holidays from 2pm-5pm) for confidential advice and support.

Young Minds on 85258 for 24/7 crisis support. Text YM to 85258. (Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus).

Sudden can help when someone has died suddenly, or too soon in their life, because of

  • a sudden medical reason (including COVID-19), or terminal illness
  • injuries, caused by something that happened
  • suicide

Call Sudden on 08002600400

Dying Matters have also launched the #BeforeTheirTime campaign, to enable people to share experiences, talk through concerns and share social media messages of solidarity at this difficult time.

You can also join a number of Facebook groups set up by and for those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.  You can browse these here.