Links and Organisations
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
NHS Direct (England) Phone: 111
NHS Direct (Wales) Phone: 0845 4647
NHS 24 (Scotland): Phone 08454 242424
Time to Change – anti-stigma campaign in England
See Me… – anti-stigma campaign in Scotland
Breathing Space (Scotland) Phone: 0800 83 85 87
Mental health helplines
Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.
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 selfhelp groups. Website: www.depressionalliance.org
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
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24hour helpline)
Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.
Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm11pm)
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. Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
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
Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
Information and support for people with dissociative identity disorders.
Phone: 0800 181 4420 (Tuesday 6pm to 8pm or by appointment)
If U Care Share Foundation
Charity promoting emotional wellbeing in young people and supporting families affected by suicide.
Phone: 0191 387 5661
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: 0808 808 1111 Website: www.mencap.org.uk
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
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)
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