A day of reflection

Since the first lockdown began on 23 March 2020, because of COVID-19, 850 people in our district have passed away – and thousands more across the country.

It is important that we commemorate this tragic loss of life by coming together to remember them. The day of reflection allow us to reflect on our own experiences, remember those who have lost their lives and look ahead to a brighter tomorrow.

Marking the day

We are supporting Marie Curie's national day of reflection by asking you to participate in a minute's silence at 12 noon on 23 March 2021.

We also encourage you to light a candle at 8 pm on 23 March in memory of those who have passed away due to COVID-19 and to show support and heartfelt sympathy to those who are grieving.

You can find out about other ways of marking the day by visiting Marie Curie's website.

Schools participation

If you are a teacher, and would like to get your school children involved, here a few suggestions of how they can take part in the day:

  • Draw or craft flowers as a symbol of hope

  • Write poetry

  • Create a 2020 time capsule

  • Plant memorial flowers.

You can download the toolkit here: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection/toolkit#schools.

Remembering loved ones

Memory Cloud is an online space where you can reflect on a loved one's life and share memories with others.

You can create a secure page dedicated to someone who has passed away, and invite loved ones to add their stories and photos to the page.

To learn more, please visit www.memorycloud.org.uk

Supporting someone who has been bereaved

Greif and loss can be difficult for many to talk about. You can find out ways to help you reach out and support those who have recently lost a loved one, by clicking here.

The importance of staying connected

The past year has affected us all in many ways and it has certainly been tough. We believe it is important that we stay connected and keep in touch with loved ones on the phone by arranging video calls or sending messages.

If you or someone you know struggles to use digital platforms, there are resources available online to help.​

Getting support

Marie Curie provide a helpful bereavement service for people to get ongoing support from a bereavement volunteer.

You can find out more by clicking on the link: www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/bereavement.

There are also a range of local and national helplines that are available to call, some of which are listed below.

Age UK Wakefield District

Age UK Wakefield District is a local independent charity working with and for older people across Wakefield District.

Call: 01977 552114

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/wakefielddistrict/

Live Well Wakefield

Supporting healthy living for the people of Wakefield District, providing information, advice and support in coping with everyday life.

Call: 01924 255363

Website: www.livewellwakefield.nhs.uk/

Wakefield Samaritans

Offering a safe place to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever's getting to you.

Call: 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Website: https://www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-wakefield-and-district

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.Call: 0800 4 70 80 90

Website:https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

Mind

Website:https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/helplines-listening-services/

Samaritans

Can be contacted by telephone, letter, e-mail and mini-com. There's also a face-to-face service, available at their local branches. They are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Telephone: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org

Sane Line

Working with anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. The Sane Line helpline is open between 4:40pm and 10pm every day of the year. A free text-based support service called Textcare and an online supportive forum community where anyone can share their experiences of mental health issues is also available.

Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm – 10:30pm every evening)
Textcare: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/textcare
Support Forum: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/supportforum
Website: www.sane.org.uk

Support Line

Support Line provide a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

Telephone: 01708 765200
E-mail: info@supportline.org.uk
Website: www.supportline.org.uk

Papyrus UK

Papyrus UK work with people under 35 who are having suicidal feelings and with people who are worried about someone under 35. Their helpline is open 10am – 10pm in the week, and between 2pm and 10pm at weekends and bank holidays.

Telephone: 0800 068 41 41
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Text: 07786 209697
Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

C.A.L.M's support is aimed specifically at men. The helpline is open between 5pm and midnight every day of the year.

Telephone (outside London): 0800 58 58 58
Webchat: www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/ (5pm – Midnight every day)
Website: www.thecalmzone.net

The Mix

Aimed at people under 25, The Mix's helpline is open between 4pm and 11pm, 7 days a week. They also run a crisis text service which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994
E-mail: through the website.
Crisis text message service: Text THEMIX to 85258
Webchat: through the website. (4pm - 11pm, 7 days a week)
Website: www.themix.org.uk

Mood Swings

Aimed at anyone affected by a mood disorder, including friends, families and carers, Mood Swings' helpline is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Telephone: 0161 832 37 36
E-mail: info@moodswings.org.uk
Website: www.moodswings.org.uk

Safe Space for Wakefield District

Now open Friday and Saturday night 6pm until midnight.  For people struggling with their mental health, feeling isolated or alone.

Telephone: 07776 962 815 

WF-I-CAN

WF-I-CAN is an online resource for children and young people living in Wakefield. It provides self-help tips for looking after yourself and healthy eating.

Website: wf-i-can.co.uk