Need Support?

People who suffer with depression often try to hide the symptoms from close family and friends and it is vital to recognise the early signs. There are a wide variety of organisations that can help people with depression, as well as their family and friends.

The Matthew Elvidge Trust (TMET) can't provide advice about personal situations. However,if you, or anyone you know, is feeling depressed, it is most important that you seek professional help quickly. We have listed below a number of organisations, who are able to provide help and support, but their services are intended to supplement and not replace professional advice through your GP and other services provided by the National Health Service.

The Matthew Elvidge Trust (TMET) doesn't recommend or endorse any particular organisation and can't guarantee that the organisation will have a solution to your particular problem; however, we do hope that they will be able to provide the right support for your situation.


Support After Suicide

The Support after Suicide Website is the UK's online hub dedicated to helping you find the support you need after you may have been bereaved or affected by suicide.
This website is supported by the Support after Suicide Partnership, which comprises all the organisations and individuals providing support across the UK.
The site also hosts 'Help is at Hand', which is a guide that helps you find the help you need at the right time.

Cruse Bereavement Care

"Day by Day" Helpline: 0844 477 9400 (Mon - Fri 09.30 to 5.00pm)
Email support:

Young Persons' Helpline: 0800 808 1677 (Mon - Fri  09.30 to 5.00pm)

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support. It offers information, advice, education and training services.

Survivors of Beareavement by Suicide - SoBS

National Helpline: 0844 561 6855 (Available 9am - 9pm every day)
Contact details of SoBS support groups can be found at:
Email support:

SoBS provides emotional and practical support to those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. The aim is to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. It is a self-help organisation and many of those helping have, themselves, been bereaved by suicide.

The Compassionate Friends

TCF National UK Helpline

Tel: 0845 123 2304
Available for support and information daily from 10.00 - 16.00 and 19.00 - 22.00.  The line is always answered by a bereaved parent.
Northern Ireland Helpline
Tel: 0288 77 88 016
Available for support and information daily from 10.00 - 16.00 and 19.00 - 21.30
At all other times there will be a message service
Email (information and support)
acebook: Compassionate Friends


The Compassionate friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents, who have suffered the death of a child or children.

They offer support both directly to bereaved families and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.

They recognise that many who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others similarly bereaved and want to extend the hand of friendship.

Their help line is always answered by a bereaved parent, who is there to listen, put you in touch with a local contact and provide information about TCF's services


Bereaved by Suicide

Tel: 01252 661002
Founded in 1999 'Bereaved by Suicide' is a support group for bereaved parents, run by parents for parents. They are based in Farnborough, Hampshire and offer information and support to other parents, who have lost a son or daughter to suicide.

For more information about meetings and support or to talk to another parent, who will have some understanding of what you are going through, please make contact with them.

Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish was set up in 1992 to meet the needs of bereaved children, young people and their families. They now support over 30,000 bereaved children and young people each year.
Winston's Wish provides professional therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings though its national helpline, interactive website and publications. 
Please read more at: Winston's Wish

Child Bereavement, UK

Child Bereavement, UK is a charity supporting families and educating professionals when a child dies or is facing bereavement.
Every year it trains around 5,000 professional, helping them to better understand th needs of grieving families.
They also provide individual, couple or family support sesssions.
You can make contact with CB,UK by calling them on 0800 02 88840 or 01494 568900 or accessing the CB,UK Website here.

The warning signs of depression:

  • Changes in mood

    Changes in mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

    Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

  • Difficulty in making decisions

    Difficulty in making decisions

  • Irregular Sleep

    Irregular Sleep

  • Decreased Energy

    Decreased Energy

  • Tearfulness


  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

    Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

  • Restlessness


  • Thoughts of death or suicide

    Thoughts of death or suicide

  • Appetite and weight loss

    Appetite and weight loss

  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood

    Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood

  • Insomnia


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