Statement from Chief Executive Lucy Warner

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Memoriam

We are saddened to hear that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died on Thursday 8th September 2022.

We hold His Majesty The King and all the Royal Family in our thoughts along with the many people who will be reflecting on their sense of loss and who we know will also greatly miss her.

An online book of condolence can be signed on the Royal Family website.

For some of us this may have affected us more than we expected, and we may be experiencing feelings of grief and wondering why it has hit us so hard when we didn’t personally know or had met The Queen. Rest assured these emotions are perfectly normal – when someone has been such a fixture in our lives, a connection to important moments in our past and serves as a reminder to our childhood, grandparents or other family members. It may also be that we are recalling our own losses or bereavements of the last few years that we did not get the time or opportunity to mourn in the usual way.

It may be helpful to connect with others who are feeling this as well or you may simply want to take some time and acknowledge your emotions, reflect on the impact this incredible lady had on our lives.

If you have been affected by news and feel you need support, please access via self -referral on our website or by the services listed below.


Support services

SANEline. If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK. Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7).

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). You can call the CALM on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) if you are struggling and need to talk. Or if you prefer not to speak on the phone, you could try the CALM webchat service.

Shout Text NHSPH to 85258. Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service providing support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.

BMA Free and confidential 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and medical students (regardless of BMA membership), plus their partners and dependents, on 0330 123 1245. There is always someone you can talk to.

NHS Wellbeing hubs The staff mental health and wellbeing hubs have been set up to provide health and social care colleagues rapid access to assessment and local evidence-based mental health services and support where needed. To access please visit NHS England.

Samaritans The Samaritans: 0161 236 8000 (local call charges apply) or 116 123 (free to call) can also provide confidential support and are open 24 hours a day.

Published: Sep 9, 2022