We understand that experiences of harm whilst in contact with public services, and sharing these experiences can be distressing. Here are some resources to help you think about whether sharing your experiences is the right thing for you and how to look after yourself when you do.

Please note that these resources have been created for different situations and we are not expecting you to share your experiences publicly but the tips mentioned here might still be helpful.

Women’s Aid toolkit on sharing experiences of domestic abuse with useful tips for all contexts: Breaking the Silence (womensaid.org.uk)

Samaritans’ resource on sharing experiences of self-harm and suicidal thoughts online: Sharing your personal experiences of self-harm and suicide online safely (samaritans.org)

Some other resources:

Sharing your lived experience safely - Butterfly Foundation

How To Tell Your Lived Experience Story Safely | Mental Health Foundation

Unfortunately, Fawcett and BEO are unable to provide direct support. However if you would like support or advice regarding your experiences, please contact the service below which best suits your needs.

Black Minds Matter

Free, one-to-one, culturally relevant therapy for Black people in the UK.

The Motherhood Group

Sharing and supporting the Black maternal experience.

Black People Talk 

Mental health and wellbeing peer support groups and workshops for Black people and allies in education, the community and at work.

The Monitoring Group

A London based organisation providing support to victims of race and religious hate crime.

The Motherhood Group

Supporting Black motherhood experiences. 

Citizens Advice 

Free, confidential information and advice to assist people with issues including benefits, work, debt and money, housing, law and courts, and immigration. 

Bounce Black 

Resources: Useful links related to race, wellbeing and work

Self-help: Recommended books related to trauma and healing

Telephone advice lines provide free and confidential legal advice to women on family law, criminal law, immigration and asylum law and sexual harassment at work.  

Free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people affected by crime and traumatic events.  

Free 24/7 telephone: 08 08 16 89 111 

24 hour helpline to talk about anything that is upsetting you or affecting your mental health. 

Free telephone: 116 123             

Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. 

Freephone telephone: 0808 800 0082 


The Maternity Rights Advice Service delivers telephone and email advice to pregnant women and new parents on employment rights, maternity pay, maternity benefits and breastfeeding rights. 


Infoline provides an information and signposting service. Its open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays) 

Infoline: 0300 123 3393 

Provide specialist support and services for victims and survivors of sexual violence.  

Telephone: 0808 802 9999 (Open between 12:00-14:30 and  
19:00-21:30 every day) 


Free 24-hour national domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247 

Domestic Abuse Directory: Domestic Abuse Directory - Womens Aid (Links to local support near you)  

Live chat: https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/ (Available Monday to Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm) 

Survivors’ Forum is a safe, anonymous, space for women (over 18) who have been affected by domestic abuse to share their experiences and support one another: https://survivorsforum.womensaid.org.uk/