Resources: Support for Parents

Bluebell Care

Bluebell provides services for all parents, partners and their infants affected by mild to moderate anxiety, depression and other perinatal mental health difficulties, during pregnancy and up to 2 years after birth in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath & NE Somerset and South Devon. Dedicated support is available for mums and for dads, as well as one-to-one and small group support.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. They provide support nationally through their helpline and dedicated online support groups and support sessions.

Family Lives

Family Lives offer a confidential and free helpline for families and parents in England and Wales, providing emotional support, information, advice, and guidance relating to all aspects of family life.


FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and charity dedicated to supporting families and their LGBT+ loved ones. An FFLAG group meets in Bristol to bring together carers and parents of LGBT+ young people. carers

Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter provide free, immediate, one-to-one support to children and young people who have been bereaved. Support is also available for parents or carers when a child in the family is being supported.


Kinship offer information, advice and connection opportunities for kinship carers, those who are raising a relative or friend’s child.

Maternity Action

Maternity Action provide advice, information, and confidential telephone support to parents worried about their rights at work and rights to benefits and healthcare.

Mothers for Mothers

Mothers for Mothers offer a range of perinatal mental health support services. Most of their services, including helplines, one-to-one sessions, and counselling, are directed at mothers, but monthly support sessions are also available for fathers.


Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK, offering support to anyone affected by the death of a baby. Sands has a bereavement support freephone helpline and a variety of volunteer-led local and online support groups.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends provide befriending, support and a helpline for bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause. Online and local support groups are also available.

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish provide support to children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling. Support available includes a helpline and email service, grief support groups, and guidance and support for parents who are supporting bereaved children.