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Helplines

Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health

  • Rethink
    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 
  • Samaritans
    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. 
    Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)
    Website: www.samaritans.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 everyone 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

    Eating disorders

  • 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: 0808 808 0545
      Website: www.nopanic.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

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 
  • Rapecrisis
    main freephone helpline
    0808 802 9999
  • Survivors UK
  • 0845 122 1201 
  • on Mondays and Tuesdays between 7pm and 9.30pm or Thursdays between 12pm and 2:30pm.
  • Support for men & boys - Rape Crisis

Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)

Alzheimer's

  • Alzheimer's Society
    Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
    Phone: 0845 300 0336
    Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Bereavement


Learning disabilities

  • Mencap
    Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
    Phone: 0300 333 1111 
    Website: www.mencap.org.uk

Parenting

Relationships

  • Relate
    Phone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services)
    Website: www.relate.org.uk