People will be able to self-refer to the service or will be signposted by other agencies such as the police, hospital bereavement services, funeral directors, GPs, community and faith organisations and others. People will be signposted to further support where required, with the service well-connected to local place-based specialist bereavement support services.
Dr Sarah Munro, CEO Lead for WY&H Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism Collaborative and CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is sadly the case that many more people have suffered loss and grief throughout the past few months. This can be made more distressing due to the restrictions that have been in place, which reduces access to the usual practical and emotional support we might usually receive from family and friends. That is why this additional service is so important and what makes it unique is the relationships it will have with specialist local organisations. This service will relieve some of the pressure on these valued local support networks and in doing so enable more people to get support with their grief and loss at a time when they need it”.
Lucy Hancock, Operations Director for Leeds Mind, added: “The challenges of the last few months have generated many instances of grief and loss, and it is vitally important that people are supported through these experiences. We’re proud to be working in partnership on this project, to ensure both practical and emotional support is available as we emerge from this strange period.”
More information can be found at griefandlosswyh.co.uk
The phone number for the telephone support line is: 0808 196 3833, while a live chat and live text functionality will be available on the website.