Counselling and other services
Callers to our helpline often ask about formal counselling. This is available through the NHS (accessed via a GP) but waiting lists are often very long and it can be hard to get a referral in the first place.
Victims of road crashes are often susceptible to symptoms of post traumatic stress and should be aware of these.www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG026quickrefguide.pdf (download)
Counselling can be sought privately from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk.
It is worth noting that Insurance companies will sometimes pay for a defined number of sessions.
The organisations below offer bereavement support and sometimes the additional benefit of a local group
Child Bereavement Trust
Supporting Families and educating professionals when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.
The Compassionate Friends (UK)
Supporting bereaved parents and their families by those similarly bereaved.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Resources and support for men and women who have been widowed aged 50 or under.
The leading child bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved families in the UK
Other Road victim groups
Based in Merseyside Aftermath is an independent organisation that supports victims of Road Collisions
National Road Safety charity providing support for road crash victims and carers, advice for road users and information exchange for professionals.
Road Victims Trust
Provides support for the bereaved and injured in the Bedfordshire and Luton area. Road Victim’s Trust are planning to expand into Hertfordshire as well in 2009.
Support and Care after Road Death and Injury
SCARD offers support to all people affected by road death and injury
While Victim Support does not have a national mandate to support victims of road death and injury, some branches do offer this service. So check your local branch for its exact remit.