I am under the age of 18. What support is there for me?
At the moment Cruse in Leeds is unable to offer support to people under the age of 18, however nationally Cruse have developed a service speciifically aimed a young people. This service is called Hope Again and the website contains a wealth of information for young people who might also have been affected by bereavement. There is also a Cruse Bereavement Care Youth Helpline that operates between 9.30am and 5pm, call 0808 808 1677.
There is more information in the 'children and young people' tab in the left hand menu.
What if I need to talk to someone when your office is closed?
Leeds Cruse is not open 24 hours a day, and we are very aware that grief does not follow a neat 9 to 5 pattern. Some people find that the evenings, during the night or weekends are the most difficult time and sometimes the feelings people experience can be extreme.
The Samaritans offer a 24 hour phone line and you do not have to be suicidal to call them. The number is free to call 116 123.
More locally, Leeds Survivor Lead Crisis Service also provide a telephone support service for people who feel desperate and in crisis. Their telephone number is 0113 260 9328 and their website is www.lsics.org.uk
I understand Cruse offers emotional support, but I'm also struggling with some more practical issues. Where can I get advice?
The Citizens Advice Bureau offers information on all aspects of bereavement including registering the death, arranging the funeral and bereavement benefits available.