The Barbara Bettle Foundation

Supporting people through Complex Bereavement

The Barbara Bettle Foundation

Supporting individuals bereaved through suicide.

Support members of the community who have been affected by bereavement through professional counselling.

The Barbara Bettle Foundation has been set up to support members of the Knowsley community whom have been affected by Suicide and raise awareness of support services / community programmes for individuals whom maybe feeling suicidal. 


  • To improve the level of support available for individuals who have been bereaved.
  • To reduce levels of social isolation for individuals whom are feeling suicidal.
  • To improve levels of community support in Knowsley for individuals with depression / anxiety.
  • To improve awareness amongst the local community of how to support people whom maybe feeling suicidal.



Fully funded counselling for individuals who have been bereaved through suicide.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Fully funded cognitive behavioural therapy for individuals who have been bereaved through suicide.

Social Activities

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Barbara Bettle was sadly taken by Suicide in 2015. 

Barbara was a lovely person with a loving family, daughter, loads of friends and an all-round good person. 

Barbara was in full time employment, was a member of various volunteer organisations and was a massive Evertonian and it was never expected that she would have taken her own life. The impact of her death had devastating impact on family, friends, work colleagues and friends in general, all in absolute shock that something like this would happen to Barbara.

We know Barbara case is similar to many in people are left in total shock and are left to adapt to a world without this person. This foundation aims to help those people and also work to prevent suicides were possible. Do you know that people are 3 times more likely to have a recurrent suicide in family after a suicide?

All services are delivered to support both individuals and families and aim to save lives in Barbaras memory.

If you would like to find our more please visit or email [email protected] 

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"From the very outset I felt very comfortable talking to the counsellor. She showed me great empathy, sincerity and understanding and even after the first couple of sessions I felt my anxiety abating a little and came away with a sense that things could possibly turn out ok after all. This was the first time I’d seen any light or hope in many months."

"Slowly climbing out of a very deep, dark tunnel is how I describe my life but Caring Connections has helped me to find the tools to do it and to see that there is a light at the end."

"The counsellor is a great listener and a skilled practitioner, I know she cares and through her gentle intervention, suggestion, persuasion and encouragement she has helped me immeasurably during a critical and dangerous period in my life. I will always be grateful for her care and support."

"Caring Connections has provided me with instant support and changed my life."

"The counsellor and I had an instant connection and she supported me through one of the most difficult times in my life."

"I have received the best support service through Caring Connections."

"These sessions have been a lifeline for me at such a difficult time in my life. Depression is a truly awful and lonely illness and it's so reassuring to speak to someone who understands and cares. More power to you and your fine organisation."

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