Our Advice

If you found TNN because somebody significant in your life has died, we offer our full support and assure you that you are not alone. If you are here because you know someone who is bereaved, we thank you for wanting to support somebody in need.

We've looked at lots of information and worked with our own community to put together help and advice. This is something we will continue to do, so if there’s something additional you need please get in touch.

We want to encourage more conversations about grief and mental health.

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Tips for talking about mental health

Here at the new normal we understand the importance of talking about our mental health. We encourage you to check in on your friends and family, and give space for honest and open conversations about mental health.

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How to be a grief ally as the world reopens

Continue to be there as life gets busier. ‘I’m going to keep checking in on you once/twice a week by phone/text/in person unless you tell me not to. How does that work?’

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How to be a grief ally to someone bereaved by suicide

Grief is a particularly hard thing to experience, however when we lose someone to them taking their own life it can feel even more challenging. The stigma still attached to suicide can make people feel isolated. Often they’re unable to communicate their grief and can internalise their emotions and experiences for fear of reaction and rejection. It’s important for us all to understand how to communicate with someone who has suffered a loss to suicide. Being able to hold space for our friends, families, colleagues and the many people affected by suicide, is important to help those who need support.

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How to be a grief ally in a relationship

Grief can bring up a whole variety of challenges when it comes to supporting someone you care for. Often, you will be the first person your partner goes to for help and comfort. If your partner is suffering a loss you may feel unsure about how to support them. It’s normal to worry you will say the wrong thing. Supporting someone through difficult moments can be a lot to manage, but it’s also a beautiful aspect of a partnership. We’ve shared some tips on how you can help your partner as they navigate their grief.

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How to be a grief ally at work

It is absolutely possible to show empathy whilst maintaining professional boundaries in the workplace. It’s not always easy to know how to approach grief at work so we wanted to share our thoughts. Work can be tough, we can all be kinder, more considerate and supportive to those around us. Creating an environment that feels safe and calm for those who need it.

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How to be a grief ally from afar

Grieving for someone is a particularly tough thing to do. If you are separated from your support system it’s made so much harder. If someone you care about is facing a difficult time you’re probably looking for ways you can offer support. You can still show up for them even if you can’t provide that much needed in person TLC. We have put together some practical ways to show your person that you care from afar.

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Things to consider before talking to your recently bereaved friend
How to listen better when someone opens up to you about their mental health
Behaviour in grief that is often misunderstood
Language and suicide
how to be a grief ally: in a relationship
How to be a grief ally: at work
How to be a grief ally: from afar
how to be a grief ally: in baby loss