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We all go through tough times. Knowing where to get support or how to help someone get support can depend on how things are affecting you or those you are supporting. There are a number of different options available in Kirklees.

Organisations which offer support

  • Kirklees adult social care services
    Kirklees Council can help you get to the right place. If you have an urgent need you can phone on weekends and bank holidays.
  • Website Contact adult social care services

  • Samaritans
    You can get in touch about anything that's troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.
  • Website Contact a Samaritan

  • Well-Bean Crisis Café
    A safe space for Kirklees residents who are experiencing crisis. It offers a warm, person-centred approach to crisis support and is available every night from 6pm to midnight.
  • Phone 07741 900395 (Huddersfield - Friday to Monday)
  • Phone 07867 028755 (Dewsbury - Tuesday to Thursday)

  • Andy's Man Club
    One man every two hours, that's twelve men every day die by suicide - the single biggest killer of men under 45. Let's show men all across the world that it's OK to talk. Regular meetings in various locations around Kirklees
  • Website Andy's Man Club
  • Email

  • St Anne's Community Services
    Kirklees Befriending Scheme is a service that provides support to individuals (18+) who are living in the Kirklees Area and have a mental health diagnosis. The service has a focus on social support and helps those that are lonely and isolated to build confidence in accessing their local community, with the help of a Volunteer.
  • Website St Anne's Community Service
  • Email
  • Phone 01924 468344

  • Platform 1 - Crisis Support Mental Health
    Providing counselling, bereavement, mental health, wellbeing, crisis support and practical assistance. At St George's Square (next to the Head of Steam), Huddersfield, HD1 1JF
  • Website Platform 1
  • Phone 01484 421143
  • Phone 01484 535960

Support for younger people up to the age of 25

  • Kooth
    Online health and wellbeing community.
  • Website Kooth

  • Thriving Kirklees
    Working together for healthy children, young people and families.
  • Website Thriving Kirklees

  • Kirklees Local Offer
    Kirklees SEND Local Offer - Information, support, services and activities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Kirklees.
  • Website Kirklees Local Offer

  • Papyrus
    If you are a young person under 35 having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be, you can contact PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
  • Website Papyrus
  • Phone 0800 068 4141

  • Youth
    LGBT Youth Service delivered by The Brunswick Centre. Providing confidential support for LGBT young people aged 11-24 living, studying or working in Kirklees either group work or one-to-one.
  • Email
  • Phone 07534 075388

Supporting somebody who is grieving

Providing support for someone who is grieving can involve a lot of intense emotions like anger, guilt, depression, and sadness. Often, people are reluctant to offer support for fear of saying the wrong thing and making the grieving person feel worse. Simply being there with a shoulder and a listening ear is the most important thing you can do. You don't have to have all the answers and say all the right things.

Key things to help a person with a recent bereavement

  • Reach out to them - don't let fear of saying or doing the wrong thing stop you.
  • Listen to what they say
  • Offer practical assistance - ask more direct questions. For example say "I'm going to the supermarket, can I get you something?" as opposed to "Let me know if you need anything".
  • Continue to support them.

Organisations which offer bereavement support

  • Cruse Bereavement Care
    Offer support through their website, national helpline, live chat, group, zoom, telephone and one-to-one in person support.
  • Website Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Phone Freephone 0808 1963833 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week)

  • West Yorkshire Grief and Loss Service
    Information and advice for anyone struggling with feelings of loss, whether as a result of bereavement or other loss. These include loss of a way of life, normal contact opportunities and loss of social and work interactions.
  • Website West Yorkshire Grief and Loss Service

Psychological emotional abuse

It can be worrying when someone you care for, or love is being hurt or abused by someone. If you are helping someone who hasn't been open about their abuse, then it can be difficult to know how to start the conversation.

These are some actions you can take to help a person experiencing emotional abuse:

  • Listen - this is the most important one, try not to be judgemental and take care in not blaming
  • Acknowledge that it is tough to talk about and they are strong in doing so. Let them give as little or as much detail as they want.
  • Support and encourage them to express their feelings and allow them to make their own decisions
  • Plan safe strategies to leave the abusive relationship
  • Ensure you do not put yourself in danger. Don't offer to speak to the abuser as you can be seen as a threat to the relationship.

More information: Domestic abuse

Organisations which offer victims of domestic abuse support

Working Together Better annual reports

Each year the providers in the partnership publish their annual reports. These describe what has been achieved during the year, with some interesting real life stories, and what they hope to develop in the coming year.

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