Support for children & young people

Supporting children and young people through bereavement can be challenging. 

Take a look at these organisations locally and nationally who can help.

Local support to you in East Suffolk:

565 Service

(from St Elizabeth Hospice)

  • Free support for children and young people in East Suffolk following the death of an adult with a life limiting or progressive disease or COVID -19.  

  • Advice available for parents and professionals working with young people.

  • Phone: 0300 303 5196 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)

Suffolk Young People's Health Project (4YP)

  • Emotional and wellbeing support for children aged 7 – 25

  • Counselling support

  • Youth work support

  • Drop-in sessions and group activities

  • Contact 01473 252607 or enquiries@syphp.org.uk

Suffolk Cruse

  • Free bereavement support to adults and specialist support to children and young people.     

  • Information on website, one to one bereavement support via zoom or phone (6 sessions)

Teenage Mental Health

  • Free drop in support groups including parental support group, general teenager and young adult support, gender identity support and death chat.

  • This free monthly support group is for anyone affected by the loss of another regardless of the cause of death. There is no set agenda, but this is an opportunity for informal chat & building supportive friendships with optional discussion topics.

  • One to one counselling is also available via self-referral but is not a free part of the service.

  • Contact 01473 411324, Email: reception@teenagementalhealth.co.uk

  • Address: 31 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AQ

National organisations:

Winston's Wish

  • Free support for grieving children and young people aged 8-25 years old who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close relative.   

  • Information, advice and online support. Support is also available for carers and parents supporting grieving children.

Child Bereavement UK

  • Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

  • Supports children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.

  • Offers free, confidential support by telephone, video or instant messenger, wherever you live in the UK. 

  • Phone: 0800 02 888 40

Scotty's Little Soldiers

  • Free support for military children & young people aged 0-25 whose parent was serving in the British Armed Forces at the time of their death (regardless of the cause of death).

  • Information and guidance for parents and carers

  • Support for children through 1:1 counselling online, activities, gifts and group events

  • Support for children in developing life skills including small educational grants

  • Phone: 08000 928 571 selecting option 1 (Mon to Fri, 10am -4pm)