YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Where to go for help and advice?
IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY AND THERE IS A RISK TO LIFE (YOURS OR OTHERS) - CALL 999 IMMEDIATELY.
Firstly, if you have come here looking for help - please know you are not alone no matter what you may be feeling, and you deserve the absolute best that life has to offer. We hope this page will help point you in the right direction to receive the help you (or your loved one) needs from specialists.
This page is designed to provide information only on who to contact, it is not a replacement for professional diagnosis. All information has been obtained from official charities & their websites, and NHS/healthcare provider sources.
In most cases, your GP should be the first place to go for help.
Make an appointment (request an emergency one if you need to) and talk to your GP about how you are feeling. They are trained to listen and guide you through the appropriate treatment for what you are experiencing - do not put it off. If you are unable to see your GP but are in distress and needing immediate help, go straight to your local A&E.
If you don't have a good relationship with your GP, or have been to see them before and didn't get the help you thought you should have, you can ask to see another GP at your surgery, or can make an appointment at a different surgery. If you are unsure where other surgeries are in your area, visit the NHS Choices website to locate one NHS SERVICE SEARCH
If you are under 25 and need help to know what to say at your appointment, here is a handy printout from YoungMinds to print out and take with you to help guide the conversation. YOUR GUIDE TO SUPPORT
If you, or someone you know, is in need of help - here are some contacts that can help you:
SUPPORT & ADVICE FOR ALL
- 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Call 116 123 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI)
- Non-urgent email firstname.lastname@example.org (UK) or email@example.com (ROI)
- Or write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA
- If you would rather go speak to someone there in person, use their branch locator to find your nearest Samaritans centre https://www.samaritans.org/branches
- For over-16's - offers specialist emotional support and guidance.
- Open 4.30-10.30pm, 365 days a year.
- Call 0300 304 7000.
For advice and support on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug & alternative treatments, advocacy
- Open 9am-6pm weekdays
- Call the infoline on 0300 123 3393
- Or text 86463
- Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need legal advice regarding mental health, mental capacity, community care, human rights and discrimination/equality related to mental health issues
- call 0300 466 6463
- Or email email@example.com
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
- A helpline for Men experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings.
- Open 5pm-midnight 365 days a year.
- Call 0800 58 58 58.
- There is also a WEBCHAT service if you prefer not to talk on the phone.
- Over 16's
- Provides practical advice on:
- different types of therapy and medication
- benefits, debt, money issues
- police, courts, prison
- your rights under the Mental Health Act
- Open Mon-Fri 10am-2pm
- Call 0300 5000 927
BLACK MINDS MATTER UK
- Provides free therapy to black people in crisis
- Not yet launched but you can find resources and information on http://blackmindsmatter.co.uk
SWITCHBOARD - LGBT+Helpline
- For the LGBT+ community
- All operators identify as LGBT+ and can listen to any problems you are having.
- Open 10am-10pm 365 days a year.
- Call 0300 330 0630, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS 111/NHS Direct
- If you need medical help or advice fast, but it’s not a life-threatening situation
- Call NHS 111 (in England) by dialling 111
- or call NHS Direct (in Wales) on 0845 46 47
THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY
- To find a counsellor, enter your search criteria HERE
- Email email@example.com
- or Call 01455 883 300
- For older adults (over 55's)
- Offering help and advice for whatever you may be experiencing
- Open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
- Call 0800 470 8090
FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
- For children and young people- for help and advice with anything you are going through
- Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Call 0800 1111
- Or start a live-chat with a counsellor HERE
- For under 35's who are suicidal or self-harming
- Open weekdays 10am–10pm, weekends 2pm–10pm and bank holidays 2pm–5pm.
- Call 0800 068 4141
- Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or text 07786 209 697.
- Providing information and support for young people aged 13-25
- Call 0808 808 4994
- Text THEMIX to 85258 and a trained volunteer will contact you
- Or email them through their helpline form found HERE
- For students attending college or university
- Your college or university may offer a night-time listening service, to help you through stressful and difficult times.
- All operators are also students so fully understand your thoughts and feelings.
- Click HERE to see if your college or university offers this service.
PARENTS HELPLINE (run by YoungMinds)
- For adults worried about a child or young person
- Open mon-fri 9.30am-4pm
- Call 0808 802 5544
- Out of hours (and for non-urgent enquiries only) use the contact form and someone will get back to you within 3 working day CONTACT FORM
- Specialist support for parents with a mental health problem.
- Call 0808 802 0222
- Or text 07537 404 282
- Or email NDPSS@family-action.org.uk
- Providing help and support for all aspects of family life from birth to adulthood (including postnatal depression, dealing with divorce, bullying and more)
- Call the helpline on 0808 800 222.
- Open 9am – 9pm Mon-Fri, and 10am – 3pm on weekends.
HOUSE OF LIGHT
- For advice and support dealing with Pre and Post-Natal Anxiety and depression
- Also provides advice for Dads/partners
- Call 0800 043 2031
- Or call 01482 580499
- Or text 07854 220790
- Or email email@example.com
- For help and support dealing with Pre and Post-Natal Depression
- Also provides help and advice for dads/partners
- Open 9am-8pm 7 days a week
- Call 0843 28 98 401
- Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a response within 24hrs
- Help and counselling services for problems in your relationship.
BEREAVEMENT ADVICE & SUPPORT
- For support after stillbirth
- Advice from an experienced midwife with bereavement training
- Open Mon-Fri 9-5pm.
- Call 0800 0147 800
BEREAVEMENT ADVICE CENTRE
- For those experiencing or about to experience loss of a loved one
- Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
- Call 0800 634 9494
- If you are experiencing bereavement
- Open weekdays 6-10pm
- Call the helpline on 0800 435 455.
- If this line is busy, call 0800 9177 416.
CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK
- Adults - Supporting families who have lost a child or whose child is dying
- Children - providing support when losing a parent or loved one
- Call 0800 028 8840
- Or email email@example.com
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide)
- Call 0300 111 5065
SPECIALIST MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
- A helpline for those with eating disorders
- Adults - call Helpline 0808 801 0677
- Young people - call Youthline 0808 801 0711
- Students - call Studentline 0808 801 0811
- Or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For those struggling with OCD
- Open weekdays 9am-5pm
- Call 0845 120 3778
- Or email email@example.com.
- For those struggling with anxiety
- Open weekdays 9.30am–5.30pm, 365 days a year
- Call 08444 775 774.
- For those experiencing anxiety disorders
- Open weekdays 10am-10pm 365 days a year
- Call 0844 967 4848.
SPECIALIST OCCUPATIONAL SUPPORT
Blue Light Programme (operated by MIND)
- Specialist advice and support for emergency services staff, volunteers, and their families
- Call 0300 303 5999 (local rates)
- Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or text 84999
Combat Stress - Military Mental Health Helpline
- For those in the Armed Forces
- Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Call 0800 323 4444
- or 0800 138 1619
- For those caring for someone in a personal or professional capacity
- Helpline open 10am–4pm weekdays
- call 0808 808 7777
- Or you can email them at email@example.com.