Relationship help

Difficulties in our relationships with friends, family, partners, colleagues and employers can often impact and dominate other aspects of our lives. These resources offer support with a range of relationship issues, from family breakdown to loneliness and bullying.

Professional relationships

The SoA offers opportunities throughout the year to help authors stay in meet and stay in touch with each other. These include our professional and regional groups, our online discussion forums and of course our annual programme of events.

www.societyofauthors.org/events

ACAS provides free and impartial advice to employees and employers on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.

www.acas.org.uk

The Mental Health Foundation has compiled research and booklets about work-life balance, and strategies to help you improve it.

www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/w/work-life-balance

Personal relationships

Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year they help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships.

www.relate.org.uk

Domestic violence

Refuge supports women and children facing domestic violence, and aims to empower them to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear.

www.refuge.org.uk  |  0808 2000 247 (24 hour helpline)

ManKind runs a confidential helpline for men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner, including a same-sex partner.

www.mankind.org.uk  |  01823 334244 (weekdays 10am-4pm)

Bullying

The National Bullying Helpline supports adults and children who are being bullied at work, at home, in the community or in education. It is open from 9-5pm Monday to Saturday – 0845 22 55 787 or 07734 701221. The helpline is staffed entirely by volunteers so please be patient if you need to call several times before you get through.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying. Its members are educational charities, local authorities and arts organisations. They research and raise awareness of bullying, and coordinate the annual Anti-Bullying Week.

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Loneliness

Mental health charity Mind has compiled resources to help you cope with the vicious circle of loneliness and the impact it can have on your mental health (and vice versa).

www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/loneliness

The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

www.thesilverline.org.uk  |  0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hour helpline)

Bereavement

See our dedicated page on bereavement, which includes links to resources along with guidance on dealing with a deceased author’s estate.

www.societyofauthors.org/help/bereavement