Resources for: Bereavement and Loss

Everyone experiences bereavement at some stage in their life, whether it's the death of a parent, a loved one, a friend or child.  The experience often means that our lives will never be the same again.  Sometimes the feelings - the despair, loneliness or even guilt - may overwhelm us, so much so that we need help.  In time, and with support, we can work through such feelings and learn to live with our loss. Reference

Here you will find a range of supports and services that can help with bereavement and loss.

22. Breathing Space

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 who is feeling low, anxious or depressed.

Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87


Helpline Telephone National Free
10. Anna Freud

Anna Freud Centre

The Anna Freud Centre transforms mental health by working with infants, children, young people and their families, their communities and professionals to deliver timely evidence-based support for all.


Website Online National Free


BRAVE was developed for children and teenagers who experience Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.


Website Online National Free
32. Childline No Text


Childline Counselling service for children and young people in the UK. Phone, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Helpline number: 0800 11 11


Helpline Online Telephone National Free
43. Crisis Counselling

Crisis Counselling (Erskine Counselling)

Crisis Counselling offers counselling therapy to children and young people aged 10 and over experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. Referral through Education services.


Services & somewhere to go School Referral Local Free
44. Cruse No Text

Cruse Bereavement Support Scotland

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland provides professional support for bereaved adults, children and families across Scotland. They also train and educate individuals and organisations to help bereaved people.

Helpline number: 0808 802 6161


Website Online Self referral Telephone National Free
86. Lifelink No Text


A confidential counselling service accessed through West Dunbartonshire secondary schools, where young people can chat to a counsellor to help manage personal and social issues which may be affecting their life. 


Services & somewhere to go School Referral Local Free
93. Minded No Text


MindEd is a free educational resource on children, young people, adults and older people's mental health. Find information for Professionals and Volunteers, for Education and Healthcare staff working in Education Settings, and for Parents and Carers.


Website Online National Free
107. NHS Inform With Text

NHS Inform

NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service helping the people in Scotland to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for. Also includes a service directory with details of health and wellbeing services across Scotland.


Website Online National Free
116. PETAL Support

PETAL: People Experiencing Trauma or Loss

Telephone and face to face counselling and support for families and friends of murder and suicide victims including support for children and young people.

Phone: 01698 324 502


Website Professional referral School Referral Self referral National Free
121. Richmond's Hope

Richmond's Hope

Richmond’s Hope provides support for children and young people aged 4-18 years who have been bereaved. The website has a range of information leaflets and resources to download. Refer a child or young person to the service online.

Phone: 0141 230 6123


Website Download Online Professional referral School Referral Self referral Telephone National Free
125. Samaritans2


A 24 hour support service for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.


Helpline Online Self referral Telephone National Free
126. Samaritans

Samaritans Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening

Samaritans supports schools, college communities and other youth settings through suicide with our postvention services, lesson plans and school talks.


Website Online National Free
137. Seasons For Growth

Seasons for Growth

The Seasons for Growth programme helps children and young people aged 6-18 years with bereavement, and is delivered by trained Companions in many schools, community organisations and local agencies across Scotland.


Website School Referral National Free
141. SHOUT

SHOUT Crisis text service

Shout is the UK's first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Helpline number: 85258 free text support service


Helpline Website Online Telephone National Free
146. Stem4

stem4 - supporting teenage mental health

Stem4 promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them. Discover stem4's free guides to manage mental health issues, free supportive apps and mental health videos.


Website Download Online Self referral National Free
147. Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Help for people over 16 years old in West Dunbartonshire who are experiencing common mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety or stress. Stepping Stones also offers a Bereavement and Loss support service.

Phone: 0141 941 2929


Services & somewhere to go Professional referral Self referral Telephone Local Free
154. The Mix

The Mix

The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.

Phone: 0808 808 4994


Website App Online Telephone National Free
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Time for You - SAMH support service

Time for You is an online wellbeing support service for anyone experiencing mild to moderate emotional or mental health difficulties aged 16 and over and living in Scotland. Time for You offers access to Wellbeing Coaching and Counselling for anyone experiencing symptoms that have a limited effect on their daily life.


Website Online Self referral National Free
190. Whole School Approach

Heads Up Mental Health Support

NHS GGC information on mental health conditions, mental health advice, how you can support yourself or the people you care for, the services available to you and the range of interventions.


Website Online Local Free
Sowing Seeds

Sowing Seeds: Trauma Informed Practice for Anyone Working with Children and Young People

This animation was developed by NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is designed to be relevant to all workers within the Scottish workforce who work with children and young people. It aims to support staff to understand the impact of trauma and to know how to adapt the way they work to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people affected by trauma.


Website Online National Free
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Nova Foundation

Nova Foundation’s mission is to ensure that all families that experience babyloss and pregnancy loss have the resources they need to survive the intense first year of grief, whilst feeling comforted and less anxious about the future and in any rainbow pregnancies. 


Website Online National Free
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Scottish Cot Death Trust

Scottish Cot Death Trust is the only charity in Scotland dedicated to the sudden unexpected death of babies and young children. We make a difference because we; aim to find the answers through funding research, provide support for bereaved families, and educate the public and professionals about sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI) 

Phone: 0141 357 3946


Website Online National Free