YOU ARE NOT ALONE: Support groups for the bereaved ahead of Christmas

The festive period can be a difficult time for many people.
The festive period can be a difficult time for many people.

Over the next few days, there will be two support groups for people who have lost loved ones.

The Sudden Loss Support Group will be held at the Derbyshire Stroke Centre building at Holmewood Business Park on Chesterfield Road, Holmewood, between 4pm and 6pm tomorrow (Monday, December 5).

Depression and mental illness take a terrible toll. They rob people of their happiness and, too often, their lives. One in four people are likely to suffer from mental health problems but sadly there is still a stigma around these illnesses which stops people talking about them  and getting the help they need. Thats why we have launched a special campaign which aims to raise awareness of the issue, highlight what support is available to help people and let those who are struggling know that you are not alone...

Depression and mental illness take a terrible toll. They rob people of their happiness and, too often, their lives. One in four people are likely to suffer from mental health problems but sadly there is still a stigma around these illnesses which stops people talking about them  and getting the help they need. Thats why we have launched a special campaign which aims to raise awareness of the issue, highlight what support is available to help people and let those who are struggling know that you are not alone...

The group was set up by Debbie Newton, whose much-loved son Adam sadly passed away in March. He was found with a note expressing an intention to take his life. He also stated in his note that he was depressed.

For more information about the Sudden Loss Support Group, call Debbie on 07495640970 or email suddenlossderbyshire@gmail.com

Meanwhile, the Compassionate Friends charity will hold a support group for bereaved parents between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday (December 6).

Those wishing to attend should go to the CCG building on Nightingale Close, off Newbold Road, Chesterfield. People should ask for the group at the reception desk.

The Compassionate Friends is a charity made up of bereaved parents offering support and friendship to other bereaved parents. For more information about the Compassionate Friends, contact Jan Alcock, of the Chesterfield group, on 07986595315 or email jan1844tcf@gmail.com. Alternatively, visit www.tcf.org.uk or contact the national helpline number on 0345 1 23 23 04.

Helplines

The Samaritans provides a free, confidential listening service all day, every day, all year. Whatever you’re going through, you can call the helpline on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. Visit www.samaritans.org.uk for details about the Samaritans. Mind offers information and advice to people suffering from mental health problems. Call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or email info@mind.org.uk. Visit www.mind.org.uk for more information about Mind.

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