If you or someone close to you has had a stroke and you are struggling to cope, don’t feel you have to suffer in silence. There are several sources of support available ranging from home care services to support groups and confidential help lines. Contact your GP if you are having health troubles, which are causing you either physical or mental health problems or you are worried about the practical effects of having a stroke. You should consult your local authority if you want to find out about social services care. Charities including The Stroke Association and the Brain and Spine Foundation can offer information, advice and emotional support; you can find their contact details online and the NHS website has links to all the organisations that may be able to help. If you are trying to come to terms with a loss of movement or intellectual capacity as a result of a stroke, it may be advisable to have a course of counselling.