Support Services

 

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.

Crisis Helplines

For help in an emergency or crisis where you or someone else is in danger, please call 999.

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

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

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org

 

For specific Mental Health Issues

Narcotics Anonymous

Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily until midnight)

Website: www.ukna.org

Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Beat

Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)

Website: www.b-eat.co.uk

OCD Action

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

OCD 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

Depression Alliance

Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.

Website: www.depressionalliance.org

Anxiety UK

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

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

Blurt Foundation

Online community supporting each other through anxiety and depression

Website: www.blurtitout.org

 

For specific circumstantial causes of mental health decline

Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Rape Crisis

To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm)

Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Refuge

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Asylum Helpline

0808 8000 630

Asylum Aid 

020 7354 9264
www.asylumaid.org.uk

Migrant Help:
01304 203977
www.migranthelpuk.org

Alzheimer’s Society

Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.

Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Weekends, 10am-4pm)

Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Family Lives

Advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying.

Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm. Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm)

Website: www.familylives.org.uk

CARERS UK

http://www.carersuk.org/

 0808 808 7777 Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

 advice@carersuk.org

Expert advice, information and support.If you’re looking for answers, their online information and support is the best place to start.

PANDAS

http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk

 0843 28 98 401 Every day 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

The leading UK charity in supporting families suffering from pre (antenatal) and postnatal illnesses.

 

Identity specific support

 

Disability Rights UK:
www.disabilityrightsuk.org
Promoting meaningful independent living for disabled people.
Disability Rights UK also runs:
Disabled Students Helpline: 0800 328 5050
Personal Budgets Helpline: 0300 555 1525

LGBT Foundation:
0345 330 3030
www.lgbt.foundation
Wide range of services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

 

Mencap

Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Website: www.mencap.org.uk

YoungMinds

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.

Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.

Website: www.thecalmzone.net