help and SUPPORT for all


It can be quite daunting trying to find the right resource for certain mental health issues online. That is why we have created this guide, so that you can find the right information for YOU.

In the special help section below, find advice about everything from ADHD to Over 50s to Violence, Abuse and Rape

general help

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National list of helplines

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Royal College of Psychiatrists

Find Out More

Good page on all the different conditions and more.

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Mental Health Foundation

How to Talk to Your Doctor about Mental Health

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Find Out More

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9.00 am – 6 pm Mon – Fri) or text 86463.

Email: [email protected]

Side by Side (formerly Elefriends)

An online community, a place to be yourself, someone to talk to whenever, a safe and trusted place to be.

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Rethink Mental Illness

Find Out More

Telephone:  0300 5000 927

(9.30 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday)

Email [email protected]


Mental Health UK supports people affected by mental health problems including friends, family and carers.

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“Working across the UK, we bring together experts from four national mental health charities to improve understanding and provide vital care.”

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Provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers.

Staying Safe

Find Out More

Website for people at risk of suicide and those supporting them.

Mental Health Supports

Find Out More

Mental Health Supports Facebook Group


Together UK

Find Out More

Services in parts of the UK (not locally) but involved in research, peer support and advocacy.

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Self Management UK

Find Out More

Support for people with long term medical conditions (mental and physical)

Time to Talk Facebook Group

Find Out More

A private group for people who want to talk or share their experiences of mental health and anxiety in confidence and in a supportive and respectful environment.



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Mental Health UK has launched Clic, an online peer support service.

Free, friendly online community. Features an online forum allowing users to connect with others, chat about how they are feeling and hosts a wealth of information, advice, tools, tips and resources.

There are also Q&A live video with mental health experts.

Monitored 24 hours a day to ensure it is secure and confidential.

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Health Talk

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Experiences on film of people talking about their health conditions including mental health. 

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Mental Health Today

Find Out More

Information, blogs, resources, news, research

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The Advocacy People

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Independent advocacy support for mental health, NHS complaints, care and support, and children and young people.

Telephone: 0330 440 9000

Email:  [email protected]

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The Brain Charity

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The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends and carers.

Our A-Z of neurological conditions lists over a hundred individual conditions, with basic medical information about them and links to support groups.

Our A-Z of conditions includes information about Autism, Dementia, Fibromyalgia, and Migraine and Cluster Headaches, as well as many other neurological conditions.

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“Every Mind Matters has lots of expert advice and practical tips to help you stay on top of your mental wellbeing.”

Overview, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment for different conditions.  Includes some links and helpful videos.

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Hub of Hope

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Learn a new skill or hobby, express yourself through creative pastimes, move forward towards healing and wellness.

“We are passionate about wellbeing, self care, lived experience and collaborative working. Excited about what we do through sharing knowledge, communication and most importantly support one another’s values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.”

Specific Help

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel. 0800 9177 650



“…there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking”

Tel. 020 7403 0888



Support for families and carers of those abusing drugs or alcohol.


Tel. 020 3817 9410



“Honest information about drugs”

Helpline 0300 123 6600

Text 82111 and Live Chat (offline) 2 – 6pm 7 days a week or email [email protected]


Narcotics Anonymous

Tel. 0300 999 1212


Smart Recovery


Cocaine Anonymous


Marijuana Anonymous




National Gambling Helpline

0808 8020 133


National Problem Gambling Clinic 


Alcohol Change

Factsheet on alcohol and relationships



Counselling & Therapy for Addiction

The British Association of Anger Management


For people committing domestic violence


Tel. 0808 802 4040

A confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner.

Anxiety UK

Text 0753741690,

Tel. 08444 775 774 

Youth (13-20) 0330 606 1174


Anxiety Alliance

National Autistic Society

Autism Helpline – 0808 800 4104


Ambitious About Autism


Autistic UK


Autscape Conference

A conference by and for autistic people once a year.


The Curly Hair Project

“The Curly Hair Project is a social enterprise which supports people on the autistic spectrum and the people around them, founded by autistic author Alis Rowe. We use cool things like animated films, comic strips and diagrams to make our work interesting and easy to understand!”


Autism eye

For parents and professionals


Matthews Hub

Peer mentoring and support service for those with autism but without a learning disability aged 13+


Autism Links



A brilliant list of support services and resources developed by Mind to download here.



Traveller Movement

[email protected]

0207 607 2002

Friends, Families & Travellers

01273 234777

[email protected]

Roma Support Group

[email protected]

0794 908 9778

One Call Away

Gypsy & Traveller Mental Health Support

Tel.077489 97617

LGBT Traveller Pride Advice and Support for LGBTQ+ Gypsies, Roma & Travellers

Tel. 07395 355 066

Travellers Advice Team

Legal advice and support if facing eviction.

0121 685 8677


Bereavement Counselling and more.

Tel. 0808 808 1677


Child Death Helpline

Tel. 0800 282986


The Compassionate Friends

Supporting bereaved parents and their families. 

Helpline 0345 123 2304


SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society)

Tel.  020 7436 5881



Includes online instant chat service, counselling.


At a Loss 

Helping the bereaved find support.  Specialist help for men, young adults etc.


Sue Ryder

Palliative, neurological and bereavement support.

Tel. 0808 164 4572


Facing the Future

A local group service for people bereaved by suicide run by Cruse Bereavement Care and Samaritans.

Helpline:  0844 477 9400 – Mon and Fri 9.30 – 5 pm, Tues, Wed, Thurs – 9.30 – 8 pm.  Email:  [email protected]


Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP)


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

Telephone helpline 9 am – 9 pm 0300 111 5065 every day.


If U Care Share Foundation

Supporting families affected by Suicide

Helpline 0191 3875661,

Free, confidential and 24/7 text service. Text IUCS to 85258


National Suicide Prevention Alliance


Suicide Bereavement UK


The Loss Foundation


Covid Aid Charity


The Rosie Crane Trust

Supporting bereaved parents.

Petals Charity

Provides specialist counselling for those who have experienced baby loss.


Cot death 24 hour helpline

Tel. 0207 235 1721

Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK Website

Tel. 0333 323 3880


Equilibrium – The Bipolar Foundation

International Bipolar Foundation


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 

Tractor Facts to save a life…from YANA

T ell the person you’re worried about them.

R  eaching out to someone in distress could save a life – listen in a non-judgemental way

A  sking if they are thinking of suicide or ending their life is not easy, but if a person has a plan and the means to take their own life, they need urgent help.

C  are  – stay with them.

T  ry   to stay calm and supportive

O  ffer to help them:  to call their GP or Mental Health Professional, take them to A&E or contact the police.

R  emove the means – drugs and medication, keys to chemical cupboards, drugs, knives, firearms….


Warning Signs – Suicide (thanks to YANA)

  • Appearing ‘recovered’ after a period of depression.
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • A sense of hopelessness or no hope for the future.
  • Social isolation or feeling alone
  • Aggressive or irritable behaviour
  • Dramatic changes in mood and behaviour
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Possessing lethal means
  • Feeling like a burden to others
  • Frequently talking about death
  • Giving things away
  • Feelings of not belonging
  • A history of self-harm
  • Engaging in risky behaviours.

Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone or give any indication at all of their intention.  However, these are some warning signs that we can all look out for and ACT to save a life.

Supporting someone who is suicidal can be distressing.  Be mindful of your own well-being – talk to someone you trust or contact one of the helplines in ‘Help and Support for All or ‘Local Help’.


Send a Text to Save a Life from SANE

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“Send a Text Save a Life is a practical and powerful way for people to take action when they are concerned about the welfare of someone they know or care about. A text is a comforting reminder that a person is not alone – and it can prevent problems from escalating. Send a Text supports a central message of the Black Dog Campaign – encouraging people to seek help early rather than suffering alone in silence.”


My Family Our Needs


Care Choices


Carers Trust

Offers practical help and assistance to carers.  You can search on their website for local carers services in your area.  Tel.  0300 772 9600


Carers UK:

provides information and support for carers, including information about benefits.

Helpline 0808 808 7777


Carers Direct

Help and support if you want to talk to someone about your caring role and the options available to you.  Tel. 0300 123 1053, Textphone: 0300 123 1004


Marie Curie

Offers information, advice and practical support to people living with any terminal illness and families.  Tel. 0800 090 23 09


Independent Age

Provides advice and information for older people, their families and carers.  Tel. 0800 319 6789



A UK wide charity providing short breaks and holidays (respite care) for disabled people and carers.

Tel. 0303 303 303 0145


Carer’s Allowance Unit

For information on Carer’s Allowance and how to make a claim.

Tel.  0345 608 4321, Textphone 0345 604 5312


Attendance Allowance helpline.

Tel. 0345 605 6055


Care Quality Commission (CQC)

National independent regulator of all health and social care services in England.

Tel. 03000 61 61 61


Parent Carer Foundation

Provides a central voice for Parents and Carers of children and adults of all ages with SEN/complex learning/medical needs/all kinds of disabilities and mental health issues. 


Age Space


Not A Care in the World

are offering a free downloadable handbook on building resilience. Written by a carer themselves, it explores topics like self-care techniques, communications skills and creating a personal action plan for 2022. 

Find out more and download the handbook on the Not A Care in the World website.



British Acupuncture Council – Find an acupuncturist.


Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

Ask your Physiotherapist about Acupuncture


Therapy Directory

Search for Complementary Therapists in your area

If you do not have the means to pay for counselling then some charities may be able to help such as BaD Company – The Brave and Determined Company which is Shaftesbury based.  See

Support available nationally.

email:  [email protected]

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

 01455 883300 


British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists

01455 88 3300


The Counselling Directory


Websites to help find the right therapy for you


Hypnotherapy Directory


Nutritionist Resource

Find a nutritionist


Holistic Therapy Directory


NHS Practitioner Health

Current range of support for all NHS staff.


The Happiness Gap

Intuitive happiness coaching

Wiltshire based and online too.


Life Coach Directory

Dementia Connect

Tel. 0333 150 3456


National Dementia Helpline

Tel: 0300 222 1122


Dementia UK

Call the Dementia Helpline for free on 0800 888 6678 or send an email to [email protected]


Talking Point

Alzheimer’s Society online forum.  The largest virtual support group for anyone affected by dementia.  Open all hours, it is a growing community of over 7,000 people and is a safe place for people to ask advice, share information and join in discussions.  Anyone can browse the information online but register to join the groups and ask questions.


Coronavirus Support


Depression UK


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance


The Blurt Foundation

“Increasing awareness and understanding of depression”



Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)

Provides impartial advice, information and training on independent living.

Helpline 0300 999 0004, email:  in[email protected],


Living Life to the Full

Living with a long term condition.


Disability Rights UK

A great range of factsheets on many aspects of living with a disability.


Self Management UK

Helps people living with long term health conditions to live better lives.


Disability Horizons

News, information, advice and products to buy


Disability Equality Charity

Helpline 0808 800 3333

Chronic Pain

Pain UK


The British Pain Society


Action on Pain

Pain Line 0345 603 1593  email:  [email protected].


Pain Concern  support, advice and online forums.


My Live Well with Pain (Footsteps Festival)

Lots of activities to get involved with online together with others with chronic pain.

British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association


Macmillan Cancer Support

Find the physical, financial and emotional cancer support that’s right for you.

Support Line:  0808 808 00 00. 

Online Community:


Cancer Research UK


Parkinson’s UK

Helpline 0808 800 0303.  Text relay 18001 0808 800 0303.

 [email protected]


Prostate Cancer Support organisation.  01202 580 436

Prostate Cancer Helpline

0800 0748383


Mesothelioma Support

Booklet on Mesothelioma –


Asthma + Lung UK

Helpline 0300 2225800


Arthritis Care

Helpline 0808 800 4050



Brain Tumours


British Heart Foundation

Helpline 0300 330 3311


Diabetes UK

Helpline 0345 123 2399


RNID (Hearing Loss)

Deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss. 

Contact free, confidential Information Line:

Telephone 0808 808 0123

Textphone  0808 808 9000

SMS  0780 000 0360 (standard text message rates apply)

Email     [email protected]


The British Tinnitus Association


The IBS Network


Stroke Association

Helpline 0303 3033 100



Learning disability


RNIB – Blind and Partially Sighted

Helpline 0303 123 9999

Library of over 60,000 items to borrow – audiobooks, braille and giant print as well as accessible music.

Calibre Audio Library

Subscription-free service of unabridged audiobooks.

Living Paintings

Charity who design, create and publish tactile books.




Snowball App

Information on disabled friendly places of business and what disabled facilities are available.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation


First Person Plural

Beat Eating Disorders (Beat)

Adult helpline:  0808 801 0677  [email protected]

Studentline: 0808 801 0811, [email protected]

Youthline: 0808 801 0711, [email protected]

Live 1-2-1 webchats are available


TalkED (Anorexia & Bulimia Care)


Overeaters Anonymous

0700 078 4985

Money Advice Service


Free and impartial advice about finances, 0800 138 7777


Stepchange Debt Charity

Advice and live chat available.


Benefits and Work

Help for a small fee and information online.


Skills for care

Tel. 0113 245 1716


Mental Health and Money Advice

Breathing Space – help for those struggling whilst awaiting mental health treatment.  Also see:

email. [email protected]

Tel. 0808 801 0745


National Debt Line

0808 808 4000


Turn 2 Us

Information and financial support when times get tough.


Money and Mental Health


Christians Against Poverty

Help to get out of debt


Advice Local

Money and Housing links


Stop Loan Sharks

24/7 confidential helpline.

Tel. 0300 555 2222


Financial Ombudsman Service

[email protected]

Tel. 0800 023 4567


Shelter England

Emergency helpline 0808 800 4444


Shaw Trust

Supporting people into the workplace and improving their health and wellbeing; helping vulnerable young people build life skills. 

Call 0300 30 33 111


Restore Support Network 

A charity providing personalised one-to-one support for older people in prison prior to release, as well as for those with criminal convictions in the community who are over 50 years of age with physical, mental health or social care needs.

Main Helpline  0300 102 1032

Helpline for Veterans and older Seafarers: 0300 102 1032.  

Urgent 24-hour Helpline: 07742377744


Evenbreak Career Hive

Help in getting work if you are mental health problems and/or are disabled.


Covid Aid Charity

General help on all sorts.



At-home Free computer/tablets/smartphone support to older people and disabled people of all ages. Freephone: 0800 269 545.  Arrange a home visit with carefully selected and vetted ITCanHelp volunteers.



The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service, delivered on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, provides nine months of tailored mental health support to employees who are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress to help them stay in, or return to, the workplace, at no cost to the individual or employer.


Be Scam Wise

Advice from Trading Standards South West on how to spot, avoid and report scams.


National Asbestos Helpline

Freephone 0800 083 0411  [email protected]

You could be entitled to financial support.


Organ Donation


Tel. 0300 303 2094,

Text relay 18001 0845 730 0106,  Text chat SMS 07860 034 343


South Western Ambulance Service

 [email protected]

Tel. 01392 261585


Boots the Chemist Services

Malaria Prevention Service Travel Vaccinations & Health Advice Service

Find out more & book an appointment at


Social Help

NAPS – National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome


Online Menopause Centre


Women’s Health Concern


Society for Endocrinology


Daisy Network

Premature onset menopause (POI)


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


Endometriosis UK


Support and helpline  0300 330 0630



Find Information and support near you.  


Intercom Trust 

Help and Support community help, information and support in the South West. 

Tel. 0800 612 3010, text 07934 2517 29,

[email protected]


LGBT Foundation



LGBT+ Anti Abuse Charity

Tel. 0300 999 5428

If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

OCD Action

[email protected]




Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK)

OCD and Phobia Charity


A Parent’s Guide to OCD


Maternal OCD

The Silver Line

For those aged over 55 Tel. 0800 4708 090 –  24 hour a day helpline



Telephone befriending and more.


Age UK Telephone Friendship

For over 60s

No Panic

Tel. 0844 967 4848

Young Minds

Free parents’ helpline with trained advisors who can talk to you about any aspect of your child’s mental health.  0808 802 5544, Mon-Fri 9.30 am to 4 pm


The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Free resources and help for parents and professionals.



Charity supporting single parent families.  Tel. 0808 8020925


Missing People

Missing Persons Message Home

on 0800 700740, [email protected]

National Missing Persons Helpline:  116 000


Salvation Army Family Tracing Service

Tel. 020 7367 4747


Prisoners’ Families

Offenders’ Families Helpline:  0808 808 2003


Prison Advice

Prisoners’ Families Helpline 0808 808 3444


Action for Children Parent Talk

“Ask your question in the chat box and one of our parenting coaches will reply as soon as they are free.

We’re here to talk to parents and carers: 12:00-19:30 Monday & Thursday, 09:30-16:30 Tuesday & Wednesday, 09:30-16:00 Friday.  We can talk about anything that supports family life, caring for children or managing your own wellbeing. Some parents get in touch to chat about their day or talk about things they can’t tell anyone else. Remember, we’re hard to shock. Between us, we’ve seen and heard every kind of parenting question, concern or worry – nothing fazes us.”


Family Lives

“Family Lives offers a confidential and free* helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). Tel. 0808 800 2222 for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. Helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.”


Dad Info



Support for families with disabled children.


A Parent’s Guide to OCD


Maternal OCD


Acts Fast

Abused Children’s Trauma Support, Family Advice and Strategy Team (help for non-abusive parents, carers and their families)


Minded for Families

For parents and carers, a free learning resource about the mental health of children, young people and older adults.



Help for families of those affected by drug or alcohol abuse.


Grandparents Association


National Family Mediation

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMS)

Tel. 0300 4000 636

Offers high-quality family mediation and support services to all families affected by relationship breakdown, divorce or separation.


NSPCCA practical guide to parenting


Parent Carer Foundation

Parent Carer Foundation provides a central voice for Parents and Carers of children and adults of all ages with SEN/complex learning/medical needs/all kinds of disabilities and mental health issues. 

Maternal Mental Health Alliance


PANDAS Foundation

Supports people affected by pre and postnatal depression.

Helpline:  0843 28 98 401

Peer support community.


Association for Post Natal Illness

Tel. 020 7386 0868


APP – Action Postpartum Psychosis


Birth Trauma Association




Parents 1st


Rainbow Trust

Supporting parents with a seriously ill child


Mumsnet and other mumsnet Talk pages.



For babies born premature or sick


National Childbirth Trust (NCT)  in particular:

Postnatal Help Line:

0300 330 0773


Best Beginnings

Simple, educational and interactive tools to support parents-to-be and new parents.



UK charity offering help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems.



A UK mental health and wellbeing app for mums. Created by a team of experts, the app provides a self-care toolkit and support team to give you instant moments of calm when you need it


Perinatal Treatment

Free evidence-based mental health resources and courses website for new parents


Healthier Together

Maternal mental health information


Helping your baby


The Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH)

AIMH have developed a set of video resources for parents with newborns and expectant parents to help them bond with their baby and foster emotional well-being. The videos include guides on understanding and responding to the cues your baby is giving you.


Baby Massage Videos

Short clips demonstrating how a baby can be soothed and relaxed through massage.


Andy Mayers

Andy Mayers is a leading academic based at Bournemouth University in the field of Perinatal Mental Health.  His very useful and informative website can be found here:



ASSIST Trauma Care

Offers support for people and families affected by a wide range of traumatic events.  01788 560800,


EMDR Association

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a treatment for PTSD.


PTSD Resolution

For armed services, veterans and families.


Talking 2 Minds

The Priory Group

Provides private outpatient and inpatient treatment.  The website has good information on conditions etc. too.  Nearest inpatient hospitals are Southampton and Bristol.

Hearing Voices Network

For people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual perceptions.


Understanding Voices



YANA: Help for those in farming who may be affected by stress and depression.

Provides fast track access to appropriate counselling, mental health first aid training and promotes a suicide prevention campaign TRACTOR FACTS (see urgent page).

Directory of other rural support organisations available to download.

Confidential Helpline: 0300 323 0400,

email: [email protected]


The Addington Fund

Main aim is to provide homes for farming families who have to leave the industry, through no fault of their own, and by doing so will lose their home.  Also might be able to assist with a grant towards certain business costs in times of emergency and where hardship prevails.


The Farm Safety Foundation

Tackling the stigma around risk-taking and poor mental health, ensuring that farmers are resilient and equipped with smart strategies and specific skills to live well and farm well.


The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust

Helpline 0300 123 3088.  Office 01677 470180

Helpline with information and support on a wide variety of issues.  Financial help in times of hardship and educational grants for young people.


The Maytree Centre

A Suicide Respite Centre – in London, but available to all.  Supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting.  Provides a stay in a safe and confidential space.


Cornish Mutual

Directory of organisations who can help.


The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Workshops and bespoke sessions providing free business skills training to family farms

Emergency Funding

National Rural Mental Health Forum

The Agricultural Chaplains Association

Seek to serve people of all faiths or none.  Through national membership share good practice, provide mutal support, initiate relevant training.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Tailored financial support, practical care and guidance to farmers, farmworkers and their dependents.

The Farming Community Network

Practical and pastoral support to farmers and farming families through difficult times.  Find regional groups via website.


Free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people working in, or retired from, horticulture.

Gay Farmer

Confidential support for gay farmers and their families.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention



Please look at the main,  general organisations at the top, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Hearing Voices tabs for information about this.


For instance:


A great factsheet to download from here.

Living with Schizophrenia


Also general organisations, particularly Rethink

Self Injury Support

TESS service offers emotional listening support for women and girls affected by self injury and a space where you can explore what is going on for you alongside a trained female volunteer with knowledge of self injury. 

Open 7 pm – 9.30 pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

Text 07537 432 444, email [email protected] or start a webchat.


National Self Harm Network Forum



Self harm and suicide support, advice and information.

Jewish Association for Mental Illness


Muslim Women’s Helpline

Webchat 10-4 M-F, text 07415 206 936


Premier Lifeline (Christian)


Neal’s Yard Holidays



Mellulah Yoga and Spirit


Chill Out Retreats


Dorset Mindfulness Centre 

In Bournemouth but some services online.


Hartridge Buddhist Monastery

Near Honiton, Devon.  Although the monastery is primarily a place of monastic training for monks, visitors and guests are also welcome, to share the lifestyle of the community.  Accommodation for 4-5 guests.


Queen of Retreats – Sharpham Trust

The charity runs a variety of mindfulness and meditation retreats throughout the year in  Devon.  The retreats are aimed at people with a range of meditation experience.  Secular retreats in a gorgeous Palladian mansion, nature retreats under canvas in woodland or Buddhist retreats at The Barn.

There are many more – Google “Spiritual retreats Dorset” or insert a county of choice.  The cost will vary a great deal so look at that first if it is a concern.

For more Yoga, massage, Tai Chi Qi-Gong, Mindfulness and meditation look at the “Clubs and Organisations” PDF at the foot of this page and keep an eye on the news pages.


Mindfulness UK Virtual Wellbeing Service 

Mindfulness and compassion courses online (Browser or on Zoom)

Live mindfulness and fitness sessions.

Voluntary donations to NHS/Mat Unit, Tibet


Curvy Girl Yoga – in Bristol but also on Zoom


Stress Management Society


NHS Help and Support

Try our 6 tips to help you be happier

NHS tips on helping you to be happier, more in control and able to cope.

Man About a Dog (MaaD)

For Survivors of a suicide attempt

They provide peer support based on the message that suicidal thoughts and attempts should not be hidden away or feared.  Speak about your thoughts and attempts.  All MaaD workers have survived a suicide attempt and still experience thoughts of wanting to kill themselves.  Survivors; surviving surviving.  Read about their own stories and find out more about Albert the Dog!


Stamp out Suicide

Counselling available

Veterans UK – Government Contact Us Webpage

Veterans Helpline

The Ministry of Defence’s Veterans UK helpline provides assistance on many issues including benefits, housing and welfare.

Veterans UK helpline
Veterans UK
Ministry of Defence
Thornton Cleveleys

Email: [email protected]

Freephone (UK only): 0808 1914 2 18

Telephone (overseas): +44 1253 866 043

Normal Service 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday

When the helpline is closed, callers in need of immediate emotional support will be given the option to be routed to The Samaritans 24 hour helpline.



0800 260 6767


Combat Stress

Helpline:  0800 138 1619,  24 hours a day

Help with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.


The PTSD Project UK

Veterans in Crisis Line 0300 365 0333, 10 am until Midnight, 7 days a week


Veterans Gateway

24/7 contact for all welfare needs.  From healthcare and housing to employability.

Tel. 0808 802 1212


PTSD Resolution

Help and support for veterans, reservists, families.



Op Courage:

Op COURAGE can help you and your family with a range of support and treatment



Developed in partnership with The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign, the Ministry of Defence and King’s College London. 

It is an online platform which  provides the military with 24/7 access to self-help tools to help them manage the stresses of everyday life. 


The Royal British Legion


Help for Heroes


Restore Support Network

For those older people with criminal convictions, in the community or in prison prior to release.  

Helpline for Veterans and older Seafarers – 0300 102 1032. 

Urgent 24 hour helpline 07742377744

Safe Lives

Includes information on staying safe from domestic violence and abuse during COVID-19. 



Free 24/7 helpline

0808 2000 247 

and a lot more help.


National Centre for Domestic Violence

Specialises in getting emergency injunctions.

24 hour Helpline:

 0800 970 2070

Text “NCDV” to 60777, email [email protected]



For Men experiencing domestic abuse Helpline for men suffering domestic violence: 

Tel. 01823 334244


Respect Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 – Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).


Rape Crisis

Tel. 0808 802 9999

Or Live Chat service


Stop Hate UK

One of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and Discrimination.  


Action on Elder Abuse – The National Careline

Tel. 08088 088 141

Mon – Fri 9am – 5 pm



Free national helpline for non-abusing parents and carers.

Tel. 0800 980 1958


Victim Support



Help for people abused in childhood.


One in Four

Supporting survivors of child sexual abuse and trauma.



For people with learning disabilities and/or autism who have experienced trauma.


Survivors UK

Men overcoming sexual violence (man, boy or non-binary)


Into the Light

Sexual Abuse support 



“Surviving rape and sexual abuse”


The Survivors Trust

Helpline 08088 010818


Karma Nirvana

Honour Based Violence (HBV)

Tel. 0800 5999247 

Supporting men and women who are being pressured to get married against their will, fear bringing shame or dishonour to their family or are concerned about being disowned.



For people who have experienced LGBT+ abuse and violence

Several Helplines 

We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.


Suzy Lamplugh Trust

National Stalking Helpline:

0808 802 0300



For people COMMITTING domestic violence

Tel. 0808 802 4040

A confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner.


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