Like everyone, we are thinking of Nicola Bulley and everyone who knows and misses her.
The impact of a disappearance is vast and can affect so many people. 170,000 people are reported missing each year in the UK. Every disappearance is a crisis and can be a matter of life or death.
Families of a missing person live with unimaginable trauma – a profound loss, loneliness, and uncertainty called ‘ambiguous loss’. The effects can be similar to experiencing PTSD.
Due to awareness of Nicola’s disappearance, the impact of ‘missing’ will be at the front of many people’s minds right now. That includes other people with their own experience of going missing, or of a loved one being missing. It is therefore an important moment to remind everyone that support exists. We know that for missing people and those that miss them, accessing support early is crucial. But many people don’t know that help is available to them. We want to change that.
The charity has digital resources, advice and a Helpline (116 000) for anyone affected by a disappearance. We are here in confidence for missing people and those that miss them. Our amazing team provide specialist, non-judgemental support, for free.
Information and support is available here.
You can help safely join the search for missing people by signing up for free alerts here.