Supporting children and families affected by drug and alcohol use.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 1st September 2020:  

Dear All,
As the world continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19, social distancing is necessary to slow the spread of the virus and keep our communities safe. For this reason, in line with Government advice, CrossReach Counselling has taken the difficult decision to temporarily close its counselling centres until there is less risk to public health. 

Regretfully, our offices are still temporarily closed to limit the spread of the virus. However, we are working remotely with our existing clients and those on our waiting list, and are constantly reviewing our ability to take on new referrals so please keep checking this page for an update.

There are a number of online spaces filled with tips and advice on being as healthy as we can during this unprecedented time.

  • Mind have produced information to help people cope with the worry and anxiety about coronavirus. Visit for further information
  • The Mental Health Foundation have developed some key tips to help people look after their mental health during this unprecedented time:
    1. Avoid speculation and focus on reputable news sources
    2. Try to stay connected. We encourage you to reach out by phone and online to those around you so we can all support each other.
    3. Manage how you follow the outbreak in the media. Try to avoid surrounding yourself with 24/7 updates

For more details, visit

For those in urgent need of support please contact:

Breathing Space Helpline : 0800 83 85 87

The Samaritans: 116 123

Drug and alcohol use can have a significant impact on everyone in a family. We provide a safe space for children and young people to be heard, build their confidence and make sense of their experiences.

Here's where you can find family support:
Sunflower Garden

Looking for support services for an adult affected by substance use?
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