Bereavement / Loss

 
  • Experts generally accept there are four stages of bereavement:
  • accepting that the loss is real
  • experiencing the pain of grief
  • adjusting to life without the person who has died
  • putting less emotional energy into grieving and putting it into something new – in other words, moving on

Occasionally though people are unable to move on, in these cases there is counselling and support available to help them.

There is the local NHS Talking Therapy services SKC CCG IAPT Provider Leaflet and there is CRUSE the bereavement support specialists contact the national helpline for local support groups: 0808 808 1677 or the website: www.cruse.org.uk.

Cruse also provide a bereavement service specifically for young people (under 18) called Hope Again call the free phone helpline: 0808 808 1677 Monday-Friday, 9:30am - 5:00pm. | National Helpline: 0844 477 9400 or email: helpline@cruse.org.uk.  | For more information about Hope Again go to their website here: hopeagain.org.uk

Additional help for a bereavement may be needed if:

  • the patient can't get out of bed
  • the patient neglects themselves or your family
  • the patient feels like they cannot go on without the person they have lost
  • the emotion is so intense it's affecting the rest of their life – for example, they cannot face going to work or they are taking your anger out on someone else

To see our information on Bereavement Support After Suicide click on the link.

Reviewed June 2019 by the East Kent Mental Health Commissioning Team. For content suggestions, updates or information please email: EKmentalhealth.commissioning@nhs.net.

Tier 1: Community Mental Health Support:

  • Live Well Kent: Live Well Kent can help you improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is a free service for anyone over 17. Call: 0800 567 7699 | E Mail: info@livewellkent.org.uk | Website: www.livewellkent.org.uk | Leaflet: SKC Live Well Kent Leaflet
  • IAPT / NHS Talking Therapy: IAPT is available for the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression. These therapies are available for people aged 17+.  This service is free at the point of access and people can refer themselves into the service. For the South Kent Coast CCG IAPT  leaflet: SKC CCG IAPT Provider Leaflet
  • CRUSE the bereavement support specialists contact the national helpline for local support groups: 0808 808 1677 or the website: www.cruse.org.uk

Tier 2: Support based in Primary Care:

  • IAPT / NHS Talking Therapy: IAPT is available for the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression. These therapies are available for people aged 17+.  This service is free at the point of access and people can refer themselves into the service. For a list of South Kent Coast CCG IAPT Providers leaflet: SKC CCG IAPT Provider Leaflet.
  • Primary Care Mental Health Specialist service: Primary Care Mental Health Specialist service (PCMHS) has been introduced to support a safe and positive discharge from Secondary services for people with long term stable mental health conditions (clusters 7, 11 and 12) into primary care.
    Invicta Healthcare Referrals: Invicta PCMHS Referral form email to: invictahealth.mentalhealthreferrals@nhs.net
  • The Mental Health Social Work Service: The mental health social work service works with individuals aged 17-65 years with mental health needs and social care issues. It also provides a service to carers. The service supports people to enhance their independence and achieve social care goals. It is a single service across primary and secondary care.Tel: 03000 416161 Mon – Fri 8.30-17.00 | Out of hours - 03000 419191 | Email: mentalhealthreferrals@kent.gov.uk | Leaflet: Mental Health Social Work service | Referral Form: MH Social work referral form

Tier 3: Specialist Mental Health Services:

Specialist Adult mental health services in Kent are provided by the Kent and Medway Partnership Trust KMPT. Referral  to KMPT is by letter.

or if the patient is known to community mental health services for local duty office (9 - 5) for advice and referral:

  • Deal: 01304 865464
  • Dover: 01304 216666
  • Folkestone / Hythe: 01303 227510
  • Thanet: 01843 85520
  • Or for out of hours contact the Crisis Home Treatment Resolution Team: 07623 514 687.

If the patient is NOT known to mental health services and there is a need for urgent or emergency mental health help and support please call the 24/7 Single Point of Access on 0300 222 0123.

For Children and Young People: 

To see our information on Bereavement Support After Suicide click on the link.

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