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

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

general help


National list of helplines

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Good page on all the different conditions and more.

Mental Health Foundation


MIND - 0300 1233393 (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.

Rethink Mental Illness

Call 0300 5000 927
(9.30 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday)
Email [email protected]

Mental Health UK

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

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


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

Usually provides SANELINE but see Coronavirus page.

Staying Safe

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

Mental Health Supports

Mental Health Supports Facebook Group

Together UK

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

Self Management UK

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

National Institute Of Mental Health

National Institute Of Mental Health


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.

Health Talk

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

Mental Health Today

information, blogs, resources, news, research

The Advocacy People

Independent advocacy support for mental health, NHS complaints, care and support, and children and young people.
Tel. 0330 440 9000
Email [email protected]

The Brain Charity

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.

Extra for young people and children


A confidential line for children if they need help or advice.
0800 1111 – 24 hours a day


HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141
[email protected]
Suicide prevention charity


Support for children and teens, plus a helpline for parents and guardians.
0808 802 5544


A free, confidential online service for ages 11 to 18 (up to their 19th birthday)  

Kooth can be accessed on any mobile, desktop or tablet device and offers a range of services such as unlimited free counselling sessions with trained professionals, moderated forums, self-help materials and a mood journal where they can record their thoughts and feelings.

The Mix

The Mix
Age 13 – 25
0808 808 4994  11am to 11pm (free)
Crisis support – text ‘THE MIX’ to 85258

On Your Mind

We are the Wiltshire Early Mental Health Service, run by Barnardo’s. This website has lots of practical tips and advice about supporting children and young people’s mental health focusing on a range of different subjects.


“Young People Using Their Past to Fix the Future”

Get Connected

Under 25 helpline
0808 808 4994 1 pm to 11 pm
Free text support 80849

Brook Advisory Service

Free and confidential sexual health and well-being experts.
“Healthy Lives for Young People”

Bullying UK

Part of Family Lives
Helpline 0808 800 2222

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Information and short films on mental health services.

Reading Hack

Books recommended by young people and health experts for self-help.

Charlie Waller

Lots of information, support and training for parents, educators and clinicians helping young people too.

Students Against Depression

A website by students for students.

One Space – 25 and under

Connect, find information and mental health support.

Specific Help

Alcoholics Anonymous – 0800 9177 650

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

020 7403 0888

FRANK – “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 0300 999 1212

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Smart Recovery

Cocaine Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous


National Gambling Helpline – 0808 8020 133

National Problem Gambling Clinic –

Anxiety UK – text 07537416905, tel. 08444 775 774, Youth (13-20) 0330 606 1174

Anxiety Alliance

National Autistic Society 

Autism Helpline – 0808 800 4104

Support for children and young people

A conference by and for autistic people once a year.

“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

Matthews Hub

peer mentoring, support service.

Autism Links

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

CRUSE – Bereavement Counselling, 0808 808 1677

The Bereavement Trust

0800 435 455

Child Death Helpline:  0800 282986

Compassionate Friends, supporting bereaved parents and their families.  Helpline 0345 123 2304

SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society) 020 7436 5881 – helping the bereaved find support.  Specialist help for men, young adults etc.

Sue Ryder – palliative, neurological and bereavement support. 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)

Supporting families affected by Suicide If U Care Share Foundation – Helpline 0191 3875661,

The Matthew Elvidge Trust.

National Suicide Prevention Alliance

Suicide Bereavement UK

Baby Loss

Provides specialist counselling

Cot death 24 hour helpline 0207 235 1721

Bipolar UK Website

Bipolar UK – 0333 323 3880

Bipolar Foundation Website

Equilibrium – The Bipolar Foundation. 

Stumbling Mind Website

A Blog – living with Bipolar

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Website

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

International Bipolar Foundation

International Bipolar Foundation Website

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


  • 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 ‘National Help’ or ‘Local Help’.

Send A Text To Save A Life

Find Out More

“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

My Family Our Needs

Find Out More

care choices

Care Choices

Find Out More

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

British Acupuncture Council – Find an acupuncturist.

Find Out More

Search for Complementary Therapists in your area:

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – 01455 883300

British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists 01455 88 3300 –

Find a nutritionist

Therapy Directory

Dementia Connect Support Line Website

National Dementia Helpline

Telephone: 0300 222 1122

Dementia UK Website

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.

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)

Provides impartial advice, information and training on independent living.

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

Living with a long term condition.

NHS Choices

Helps you to make the best choices about your health and lifestyle.

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

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

A tool to help you to know if your sleepiness in the daytime is an issue you should talk to your GP about.

Macmillan Cancer Support.

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

Support Line:  0808 808 00 00. 

Online Community:

Asthma UK

Helpline 0300 222 5800

Arthritis Care

Helpline 0808 800 4050

Brain Tumours


British Heart Foundation

Helpline 0300 330 3311

British Lung Foundation

Helpline 03000 030 555

Diabetes UK

Helpline 0345 123 2399

Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is the largest UK charity helping people who are confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss. 

We give support and care develop technology and treatments, and campaign for equality.  We rely on donations to continue our vital work.

Questions about deafness, tinnitus or 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 IBS Network

Pain UK

Stroke Association

Helpline 0303 3033 100

The British Tinnitus Association

Learning disability –

PODS – Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors –01480 878409-0800181 4420, [email protected]

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation –

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

Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC) –

Overeaters Anonymous.  0700 078 4985

BPD World – Borderline/Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder


Free and impartial advice about finances, 0800 138 7777

Stepchange Debt Charity (advice and live chat available)

Skills for care

Tel. 0113 245 1716

0808 808 4000

Information and financial support when times get tough.

Debt charity

Christians Against Poverty

Help to get out of debt

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


NAPS – National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome


Society for Endocrinology

Premature onset menopause (POI)

Polycystic ovary syndrome.

Switchboard – for LGBT+ support – helpline – 0300 330 0630

Stonewall- Find Information and support near you.  LBGT+ 

LGBT Help and Support community help, information and support in the South West.  Tel. 0800 612 3010, text 07934 2517 29, [email protected]

OCD Action:  [email protected]


The Silver Line – for those aged over 55 – 0800 4708 090 – 24 hour a day helpline

Reengage – telephone befriending and more.

No Panic – 0844 967 4848

YoungMinds – a 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

Gingerbread, charity supporting single parent families.  0808 8020925

Missing Persons:

Message Home 0800 700740, [email protected]

National Missing Persons Helpline:  116 000

Salvation Army Family Tracing Service:  020 7367 4747

Offenders’ Families Helpline:  0808 808 2003

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

Support for families with disabled children.

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

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

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMS)

National Family Mediation.  Tel. 0300 4000 636

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

NSPCC – A practical guide to parenting

PANDAS Foundation – supporting people affected by pre and postnatal depression.

Helpline:  0843 28 98 401

Association for Post Natal Illness: 020 7386 0868

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

Postnatal Help Line:  0300 330 0773

APP – Action Postpartum Psychosis

PTSD UK – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

ASSIST Trauma Care – Offers support for people and families affected by a wide range of traumatic events.  01788560800,


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment –

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

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

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

Find Out More

“provides fast track access to appropriate counselling, mental health first aid training and promotes a suicide prevention campaign TRACTOR FACTS (see urgent page) Runs a Helpline 0300 3230400 and has a directory of other rural support organisations available to download.”

Rural Mental Health Support.  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.

Please look at the general, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Psychosis tabs for information about this.

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.

Harmless – 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)

Stoke Wake, Dorset.  (Neal’s Yard Holidays is closing but website open until Feb 2021)

Bournemouth, courses on-line.

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.

“A more mindful, compassionate and environmentally-sustainable world is the vision of The Sharpham Trust. And it is working towards that goal, one retreat at a time. The charity runs a variety of mindfulness and meditation retreats throughout the year in different venues on its inspirational 550-acre estate, which borders the River Dart near Totnes in Devon, UK.  Sharpham’s retreats are aimed at people with a range of meditation experience – from meditation newbies to those with a deeper practice. Choose 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. – virtual well-being service

Mindfulness and compassion courses online (Browser or on Zoom)

Live mindfulness and fitness sessions.

Voluntary donations to NHS/Mat Unit, Tibet – in Bristol but also on Zoom

Stress Management Society

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!

Positive steps forward in suicide prevention

Veterans UK Contact Us Webpage

Veterans Helpline

Telephone: 0808 1914 2 18

SSAFA Website

0800 7314880

Combat Stress Website

Helpline:  0800 138 1619 24 hours a day

For over a century we’ve been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today we provide 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

South Central and South West of England TIL service: call 0300 365 0300 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

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

HeadFIT is a new online platform which will provide the military with 24/7 access to self-help tools to help them manage the stresses of everyday life. 


Help for Heroes


Tel: 01980 844388,

National Domestic Violence Freephone 24 hour Helpline – Run in partnership between Refuge and

Women’s Aid –– 0808 2000 247

Victim Support 0808 168 9111

Mankind (helpline for men suffering domestic violence):  01823 334244

Live Chat Helpline

Isolated Communities Engagement Project – working together against domestic abuse with courage, change and hope.  You First, 0800 032 5204, [email protected]

One of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and Discrimination.  24 hour helpline -0800138 1625

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Specialises in providing legal assistance to obtain injunctions.

24 hour emergency helpline 0844 8044 999

Text “NCDV” TO 60777, email: [email protected]

Free national helpline for non-abusing parents and carers.

0800 980 1958

Help for people abused in childhood.

The Survivors Trust

Helpline 08088 010818 – Domestic Violence


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