Home and Away – Helplines
Bella falls victim to an online predator and struggles in the aftermath of his attack on her. If you have been affected by any of the issues in Bella’s story, below are some helpful links which can offer support and advice.
- Childlineis part of the NSPCC and helps children and young people (under 19) by providing a free and confidential service to talk about anything, whatever the worry. They have a chat service, an email address and their helpline number is 0800 1111.
- Internet Mattersis supported by industry partners like BT, Sky, TalkTalks, Google and the BBC and offers the best advice and information available on tackling online safety issues. It empowers parents and carers to keep children safe in a digital world. Has lots of information and tips about all sorts of internet matters, including online grooming.
- The Lucy Faithfull Foundationis the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. They have a helpline called the Stop It Now! Helpline – 0808 1000 900.
- Victim Supportis for all those affected by crime who need support to move forward. They have a free Supportline to call – 08081689111
John suffers a stroke whilst at the Parata’s Hangi, having a long lasting impact on his physical and mental health. If you have been affected by any of the issues in John’s story, below are some helpful links which can offer support and advice.
- Stroke Association offer support for anyone affected by stroke and provide advice on preventing further strokes. Helpline: 0303 3033 100 (lines open Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday 8am-6pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm)
- Headway is a UK wide Charity offering a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care for sufferers of all forms of brain injury. Helpline: 0808 800 2244
- NHS provide comprehensive help and information on the symptoms, causes and treatments for stroke.
Following John’s stroke, Marilyn finds her transition from John’s wife to John’s carer difficult to reconcile. If you have been affected by any of the issues in Marilyn’s story, below are some helpful links which can offer support and advice.
- Carers UK Offer support advice for all aspects of caring for someone, their helpline is: 0808 808 7777 (lines open Monday & Tuesday 10am - 4pm)
- Carers Trust work to improve support and services for anyone who is a carer
- MIND offer information on coping with taking care of someone.
If you are seeking help and advice for any other stories you have seen in Home and Away, please refer to Channel 5’s general helplines, which include links to organisations that can provide help, support and information for a variety of issues.