Counselling and emotional support

Talking about a traumatic and difficult experience with someone else can be helpful in giving you time to off-load and express yourself

Helpline

Sometimes speaking to someone outside of your normal circle of family and friends can help you be completely honest, without worrying about upsetting someone close. In these situations, you may feel that a referral to a professional counsellor would be helpful.  

Counselling

Counselling can be helpful if you have had meningitis yourself, or if you are close to someone who has had the disease and can be used by adults, couples together, young people and children.  

  • All the counsellors we use are members of professional bodies and have appropriate skills and experience, with professional and public liability insurance
  • Sessions are available throughout the whole of the UK, are fully funded by Meningitis Now and we do not have a waiting list
Dealing with a death from meningitis?

Loss and grief following meningitis can leave you feeling lonely and isolated. You are not alone – we are here to help you.

Having contact with someone who has had a similar experience can sometimes give you the support and comfort you need. Our community support team, based across the UK, can talk to you about the different ways we can provide peer support.  

Bereavement counselling

Sometimes more professional support may be needed and bereavement counselling can offer emotional support following the trauma of a death from meningitis. Counselling offers a chance to talk about all of your feelings at this difficult and painful time and can help you to begin to make sense of what has happened.  

“I couldn’t get over the pain of losing my son.  I took up the counselling service, and it was a great help to me.”

  • All the counsellors we use are members of professional bodies and have appropriate skills and experience, with professional and public liability insurance
  • Sessions are available throughout the whole of the UK, are fully funded by Meningitis Now and we do not have a waiting list
Support for children following a death

Children will be affected by a death from meningitis, but may not be able to put into words exactly what is troubling them, or want to show their feelings through fear of causing more upset. 

They need to receive appropriate support to help them understand what has happened. We can help with this. 

  • We provide free counselling and creative therapies for children and young people affected by meningitis across the UK. Please get in touch today to find out more. 
  • When supporting children, we work closely with the family, school and other specialist organisations to ensure the best support is given.

If you feel that you, or someone close to you, would benefit from any of these services and would like to receive an application form or find out more about the criteria for being referred, please call our Meningitis Helpline on 0808 80 10 388, send an email to helpline@meningitisnow.org.