Read on if you need help tackling problems similar to those shown in Sierra Leone: Insanity of War.
The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture
(www.torturecare.org.uk) work to help the healing of such victims from around the World. Patients do have to be referred by a recognised authority such as a doctor, lawyer, school or church. To find out more about their work or to see how you can donate go to their website.
Amnesty International UK (www.amnesty.org.uk ) has documented evidence of torture in Sierra Leone. Amnesty continues its work to improve the human condition, with more than a million activists worldwide and the belief that mass public pressure is sometimes the only way that human rights can be improved. Find out what you can do to help them in their work by going to their website.
ASSIST (www.assisttraumacare.org.uk ) runs a helpline and other services for individuals and families affected by traumatic stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, no matter how long ago the incident occurred. To talk to someone who understands what you are feeling, call 01788 560 800 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm). You can also check out their website.
Saneline (www.sane.org.uk) provides crisis care and emotional support to anyone affected by any mental health problem. Trained mental health staff are available to take calls on 0845 767 8000 (local call rates, 6pm to 11pm every day of the year). Check out their website,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re feeling distressed and need someone to talk to, you can phone Samaritans (www.samaritans.org) at any time of day or night on 08457 90 90 90. Email support is available through email@example.com.
If you are supporting someone with suicidal feelings, you can get helpful information from Papyrus (www.papyrus-uk.org) - an organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide. Call HOPElineUK on 08000 68 41 41 (calls are free, open Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm and 7pm to 10pm, and at weekends from 2pm to 5pm). Or go to the website where you can download useful leaflets.
Cruse Bereavement Care (www.cruse.org.uk) supports all bereaved people. They offer advice, support, help and information, no matter how recently or long ago your loved one died. To find out about all the Cruse services, call their helpline on 0844 477 9400 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). The number of your local branch will be in the phone book, or you can visit their website.
Cruse also run services aimed specifically at supporting young people aged 12 to 18. This helpline is on 0808 808 1677 (calls are free, open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm) and the website is www.rd4u.org.uk.
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