Telephone befriending

Support from someone who has been there.

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) has a unique telephone befriending network which specialises in putting people who have recently been affected by meningitis and septicaemia/sepsis in touch with a trained befriender who has had a similar experience.

The network is available to anyone who would like to talk to someone about the diseases and their impact.  You do not have to be the one who is or has been ill; it could be a close relative or even a friend.

Our trained befrienders have a wide range of experiences. Some have been bereaved while others are coping with a child’s, or their own disability. Many have first-hand experience of the emotional after effects, such as depression, or ongoing, life-altering effects like memory loss and concentration problems. Others live with a child with behavioural problems.  

No matter what your personal experience, our telephone befriending network can help. We will have someone who has gone through something very similar and will be there for you.   

"I found it extremely helpful to speak to someone who has been through a similar experience. It gave me hope that they had got through it and things could improve in the future." - Sarah Stables

"It is good to know that I am offering support and comfort to someone at a difficult time. Having been there myself I know how lonely and scary it can be" - MRF member, Jacquie Pasqualone

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Membership and support

The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you or your family and friends.

Tel: Helpline UK 080 8800 3344 Ireland 1800 41 33 44