Help and Support

Successful marriages don’t just happen, they require time and investment, they need care and attention.  Sometimes we imagine that we only need help when things become challenging, but this simply isn’t true.  Help and support is available to help improve and strengthen your marriage as well as when things get tough.

Marriage Foundation does not offer marriage preparation/enrichment courses or relationship counselling but there are many other organisations and individuals which offer practical advice at any stage of your relationship including during times of difficulty.  Several of our partners can provide resources and courses to help strengthen and support you and your partner.  Please go to our partner’s page for information and links to the excellent support they offer. 

Harry Benson's 'Top Tips'

You can also read these letters from Harry Benson, our Research Director, which draw both on his personal life as well as his professional experience. Harry was founder and director of the charity Bristol Community Family Trust where he taught relationship courses. He is also the author and originator of Let’s Stick Together, a pioneering relationship book and programme.

Sometimes, circumstances can become particularly difficult and painful and it’s important not to ignore the issues that are affecting you and your marriage or relationship.  We would therefore suggest that you seek alternative help.  You might like to use the Counselling Directory which is a comprehensive online database that helps you find qualified counsellors and psychotherapists near you or consider contacting one of the following organisations:

Womens’ Aid / Refuge helpline
0808 2000 247
refuge.org.uk
womensaid.org.uk

Mankind
01823 334244
mankind.org.uk

Samaritans
Call: 116 123
samaritans.org

Relate
0300 003 0396
relate.org.uk

Mind
0300 123 3393
text:8643
mind.org.uk

Retrouvaille
0788 7296983
retrouvaille.org.uk