Unfortunately, there’s a whole heap of reasons we can suffer from poor mental health. But fortunately, there is also a tonne of lovely people who can help.
For help in an emergency or crisis where you or someone else is in danger, please call 999.
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30-10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare
Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
For specific Mental Health Issues
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily until midnight)
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm) Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) Website: www.ocduk.org
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
Online community supporting each other through anxiety and depression
For specific circumstantial causes of mental health decline
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
0808 8000 630
020 7354 9264
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Weekends, 10am-4pm)
Advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying.
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm. Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm)
0808 808 7777 Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
0843 28 98 401 Every day 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Identity specific support
Disability Rights UK:
Promoting meaningful independent living for disabled people.
Disability Rights UK also runs:
Disabled Students Helpline: 0800 328 5050
Personal Budgets Helpline: 0300 555 1525
0345 330 3030
Wide range of services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.
Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Information on child and adolescent mental health.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.