Useful Links

Whether you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, these are just a few of the helplines and support groups who can offer expert advice :
 
Age UK: Provide free information and advice to help on topics such as claiming benefits and are there for every older person. Phone: 0800 169 2081. Website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/
 
Anxiety UK: Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm). Website: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ 
 
The Every Mind Matters page on anxiety and NHS mental wellbeing audio guides provide further information on how to manage anxiety.
 
Alzheimer’s Society: Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines. Phone: 0333 150 3456 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on weekends). Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk
 
Bereavement – Cruse Bereavement Care: Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Website: www.cruse.org.uk
 
Bipolar UK: A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Website: https://www.bipolaruk.org/
 
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight). Website: https://www.thecalmzone.net/
 
Dementia UK – Telephone or email advice and support for family carers, people with dementia and professionals provided by experienced Admiral nurses. Phone: 0800 888 6678
 
Every Mind Matters: Looking after your mental health. having a good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Every Mind Matters have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Website: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
 
MacMillian Cancer Support: Help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they providing physical, financial and emotional support. Website: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
 
Men’s Health Forum: 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/
 
Mental Health Foundation: Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.Website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
 
Mind: Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm). Website: https://www.mind.org.uk/
 
Mind Matters NHS: Have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
 
NHS – Mental health and wellbeing: NHS online support for Mood self-assessment and Mental wellbeing audio guides plus many other helpful links.
 
No Panic: Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD. Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge. Website:  http://www.nopanic.org.uk/
 
OCD Action: Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Website: https://www.ocdaction.org.uk/
 
OCD UK: A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Website: https://www.ocduk.org/
 
PAPYRUS: Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays). Website: https://papyrus-uk.org/
 
Rethink Mental Illness: Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm). Website: https://www.rethink.org/
 
Royal British Legion: Help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. They support serving and ex-serving personnel all year round, every day of the week.When you first contact them they will ask for your service number. – 0808 802 8080. Website: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
 
Samaritans: Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline). Website: https://www.samaritans
people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline). Website: https://www.samaritans.org/
 
SANE: Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. Phone: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm). Website: http://www.sane.org.uk/
 
Silver Line: Confidential helpline for people over 55 across the UK – Phone: 0800 470 8090. Website: https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/
 
Offer information, friendship and advice. Link callers to local groups and services. Offer regular friendship calls. Protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect.
 
YoungMinds: Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm). Website: https://youngminds.org.uk/
 
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
 
NSPCC: Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
 Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
 Website: www.nspcc.org.uk
 
Refuge: Advice on dealing with domestic violence. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline). Website: www.refuge.org.uk
 
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
 
Alcoholics Anonymous: Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline). Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
 
National Gambling Helpline: Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight). Website: www.begambleaware.org
 
Narcotics Anonymous: Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight). Website: www.ukna.org
 

Addiction Centre: https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/rehab-in-the-uk/ provides support to individuals seeking substance abuse recovery 

Crime victims
 
Rape Crisis: To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm). Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk
 

Victim Support: Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline). Website: www.victimsupport.org

Eating disorders
 
Beat: Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s). Website: www.b-eat.co.uk
 
Learning disabilities 
 
Mencap: Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Website: www.mencap.org.uk
 
Parenting
 
Family Lives: Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying. Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm). Website: www.familylives.org.uk
 
Relationships
 
Relate: The UK’s largest provider of relationship support. Website: www.relate.org.uk
 
 

In a medical emergency call 999. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency.

 

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