Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, tragic losses are being faced, often under difficult circumstances. And, for many, living in lockdown is proving to be very tough.

But for those who have lost a loved one or a friend, during this time, it can be even harder.

Now, to help people who are feeling isolated and are suffering as a result, it can be even harder.

But, a new bereavement helpline is available for people in Birmingham and Solihull in the West Midlands. And the service is available five days a week.

NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) was created to plan commission health services and work as part of a large, complex system of health and social care which includes local authorities, providers, the independent sector and GP practices.

Dr Angela Brady, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Losing a loved one is always difficult, but for those who live alone, or are cut off from their usual support network, it can be extremely difficult”.

“It is important to remember that taking care of our mental and emotional wellbeing during the pandemic is just as important as our physical health.

“Being able to talk to someone, especially in a time of need, can help to alleviate some of the stress and grief that comes with losing a relative or friend”.

A membership organisation with 170 GP practices and a clinically-led Government Body, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group looks after a population of around 1.3 million people with a budget in excess of £1.9 billion