Do you need support?

We provide counselling and therapeutic support to both adults and children bereaved by suicide in the Tees Valley.

If you wish to refer yourself or another person for support, please click on the relevant button below. We aim to respond within 7 days, however, this may be longer during periods of annual leave.

Please note – The Headlight Project is not a general well-being counselling service nor a crisis service. We suggest you contact your GP for general counselling provision.

In the case of an emergency where you think you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself or someone, call 999. If you have already hurt yourself, go to the nearest A&E department.

For crisis support, please reach out to one of the following services:

Crisis Team: 0800 0516 171 (open 24/7)

Samaritans  116 123 or (open 24/7)

CAMHS for children crisis & liaison team 0800 0516 171 (open 24/7)

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK: 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7)

Papyrus HOPELINEUK (under 35s): 0800 068 4141 or (open 24/7)

SHOUT Text service: 85258 (open 24/7)

NHS Listening Service: 0800 0516 171 option 3 then 3 (open 24/7)

NHS / GP out of hours: 111 (open 24/7)

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (4pm-10pm every day)

The Mix (under25s): 0808 808 4994 (4pm-11pm)or Text: THEMIX to 85258 (open 24/7)

Support Resources

Our Guiding Light Video Series

We’ve created some videos that you may find helpful in the early days of losing someone to suicide.

The Inquest

The process of an inquest can be a complex and difficult time for family, friends and loved ones and so we’ve created this film to shed some light on what an inquest involves. Here we speak to Senior Coroner Claire Bailey and Coroner’s Officer Catherine Elwin about the inquest process.

Click to watch: The Inquest

To help understand families’ rights throughout the inquest process, requirements and when legal representation might be needed, we’ve created this short film with Alistair Smith of Watson Woodhouse solicitors.

Click to watch: Legal Representation at the Inquest

Coming soon: How to speak to children about the death of a loved one.

Finding the Words

Few people like to talk about grief and loss, and many of us feel awkward around someone who has been bereaved by suicide, even if they are a good friend or close colleague. We worry about saying the wrong thing and can put off contacting them, and before long it may seem too late to say anything at all. This guide will give you the confidence to support them now.

Download the Information [PDF]

Help is at Hand

This excellent guide provides people affected by suicide with both practical information and emotional support. People who have been bereaved by suicide have used their experiences to lead development of the guide from Public Health England and National Suicide Prevention Alliance.

Download the information

Other Resources

From Grief to Hope – download the information
The collective voice of those bereaved or affected by Suicide in the UK


Need Support?

We provide counselling and therapeutic support to both adults and children bereaved by suicide in the Tees Valley. Visit our Get Support section for all enquiries for support, referrals and helpful resources.

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Read some stories of how we’ve helped people across the Tees Valley.

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