Helplines for Mental Health

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927

Website: www.rethink.org

Depression Alliance

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

Website: www.depressionalliance.org

CALM

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

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

MDF: the bipolar organisation

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

Website: www.mdf.org.uk

Sane

Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.

Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)

SANEmail email: sanemail@org.uk

Website: www.sane.org.uk

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393

Website: www.mind.org.uk

The Mental Health Foundation

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

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

YoungMinds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)

NSPCC

Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.

Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children

0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child

Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Refuge

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.

Phone: 0808 2000 247

Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 0845 769 7555

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Narcotics Anonymous

Phone: 0300 999 1212

Website: www.ukna.org

Gamblers Anonymous

Website: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Society

Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.

Phone: 0845 300 0336

Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0844 477 9400

Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Crime victims

Find your local helpline at:

Rape Crisis

Phone: 0808 802 9999

Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Victim Support

Phone: 0845 30 30 900

Website: www.victimsupport.org

Eating disorders

Beat

Phone: 0845 634 1414

Website: www.b-eat.co.uk

Learning disabilities

Mencap

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

Phone: 0300 333 1111

Website: www.mencap.org.uk

Obsessions

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Action

Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232

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

Website: www.ocduk.org

Panic and anxiety

Panic attacks

Website offering free online course for people who suffer from panic attacks.

Phone: 01273 776 770 (to enrol only)

Website: www.panic-attacks.co.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

Phone: 0800 138 8889

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

Parenting

Family Lives

Phone: 0808 800 2222

Website: http://familylives.org.uk

Phobias

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 08444 775 774

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Relationships

Relate

Phone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services)

Website: www.relate.org