Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)
Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
MDF: the bipolar organisation
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.
Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)
SANEmail email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393
The Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
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
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
Phone: 0845 769 7555
Phone: 0300 999 1212
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0845 300 0336
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0844 477 9400
Find your local helpline at:
Phone: 0808 802 9999
Phone: 0845 30 30 900
Phone: 0845 634 1414
Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0300 333 1111
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Action
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778
Panic and anxiety
Website offering free online course for people who suffer from panic attacks.
Phone: 01273 776 770 (to enrol only)
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
Phone: 0808 800 2222
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774
Phone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services)