You may find these resources helpful

Charities

The following charities provide valuable support in the UK:

Samaritans – When you urgently need someone to talk to – Call 116 123

Freddie’s Wish – For those who have suffered the death of a child. Partners of Child Bereavement UK (support line number shown below) and MDD First Aid who provide paediatric first aid training https://freddieswish.org/about/

Child Bereavement UK – Support Line – Call 0800 02 888 40

Downs Syndrome Association – Helpline +44 (0)333 1212 300

Silverline – free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year – 0800 4 70 80 90

Apps

Preventing suicide – https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app/

Mindfulness – https://www.calm.com/

Sleep – https://www.calm.com/

Sounds for Relaxation – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.peakpocketstudios.atmosphere&hl=en_GB

Books

The following books have been categorised to reflect the type of content. I recommend you follow the links and read more to make an informed choice about their suitability for you. If you have read a great book that has helped you, I would love to hear about it. Send me an email via helen@safespacesussex.co.uk

Facing Death

Shaking Hands with Death – Terry Pratchett (published by Corgi)

With the End in Mind – Kathyrn Mannix (published by William Collins)

Bereavement

You’ll Get Over It – Virginia Ironside (published by Penguin Books)

Levels of Life – Julian Barnes (published by Vintage)

Living a Whole & Healthy Life

Lost Connections – Johann Hari (published by Bloomsbury)

A Manual for Heartache – Cathy Rentzenbrink (published by Pan Macmillan)

Counselling for Toads – Robert de Board (published by Routledge)

Born to Win – Muriel James & Dorothy Jongeward (published by DeCapo Press)

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson (Published by Pan Macmillan)

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers (published by Ebury)

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way To Deal With Change – Dr Spencer Johnson (published by Ebury)

Feel better in Five : Your Daily Plan to Feel Great for Life – Dr Rangan Chatterjee (Published by Penguin Life)

Pain is Really Strange – Steve Haines (Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Suicidal thoughts

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig ( Published by Canon Gate)

Trauma and recovery

The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk (Published by Penguin Books)

Film

Hope, death and living life

“Inside Out” by Pixar – Coming to terms with change and loss is tough. This is a family film which explains the biological purpose of our feelings in a fun adventure. (Family Viewing)

“Up” by Pixar – We see loss in many forms in this movie, the loss of a child, of dreams, of a life unlived and of the death of a best friend. This movie is all about finding hope and making sense of the ‘new normal’. Sound heavy? Be prepared to laugh, to feel the warm glow of hope and to cry happy tears at the end. (Family Viewing)

“After Life” – This is a dark comedy that takes a serious look at life after the death of a loved one. Written, directed and starring Ricky Gervais. (Adult Viewing Only)

Please Note: I have used these Apps, read these books and watched these films. I have found them to be useful, informative or enjoyable – That does not mean I believe they are right for you. We are autonomous and unique so we will like different things. Do your research and make an informed choice.

I wish you health and happy reading/listening/breathing/watching