We operate a national helpline, open from 9am to 9pm, 7 days per week, 52 weeks of the year. We take calls from anyone who is over 18 and it is an opportunity for people to talk with someone who has been bereaved by suicide. Find out more about calling the helpline.
Great helpline volunteers do more listening than talking, are comfortable listening to the experiences of others and pay attention to their own well-being and boundaries.
Helpline volunteers listen to callers, answer any questions they have and arrange to send them further information if required. Sometimes callers may ask you to share your personal story. They have shifts assigned in advance governed by their availability and can be 30 minutes to 4 hours long, depending on the volunteers preference. The telephone line is diverted to their land line for these shifts and some people have a different ring tone assigned for helpline calls.
All helpline volunteers must have a working landline and phone to apply.
Helpline volunteers must have been bereaved by suicide themselves, not less than 2 years previously. This shared experience with the people who call us is a really important part of what makes them so effective. People feel that they will be understood.
We provide training and the opportunity to attend our conferences.
Apply to become a helpline volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete an application form:
Have you been bereaved for at least 2 years or more?
Please contact us if you think that you could offer support to others by volunteering on the Helpline, or set up a support group near to your location. For more information Please contact our National office 01159 441 117