Coronavirus: Grief and loss support service helping people in Harrogate and West Yorkshire

Coronavirus: Grief and loss support service helping people in Harrogate and West Yorkshire

Published by Harry Long at 5:38am 29th June 2020. (Updated at 8:54am 29th June 2020)

A new grief and loss support service has been set up for people in Harrogate and West Yorkshire.  

  • A new service is aiming to help people in Harrogate and West Yorkshire who may feel affected by coronavirus.  
  • Anyone suffering any form of grief or loss can access the service as the first point of contact.  
  • The service will be available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

It will act as the first point of contact for anyone suffering any form of grief and loss,

The free service is being launched today and will be available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

It's being commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) and will be delivered by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices Consortium, Bradford Bereavement Services Consortium, and Leeds Mind.

The service is also available to those feeling impacted by the deaths of public figures or the volume of deaths across the country.

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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, from 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”.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices Consortium Chief Executive Tony Collins said:

“We hope this collaboration between Leeds Mind, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Independent Hospices Consortium and Bradford Bereavement Services Consortium to deliver this service will go some way to assuring the mental and physical wellbeing of those in our community who have been affected, both now and as social isolation and associated restrictions are relaxed and ultimately lifted”.

More information about the service can be found here