Free Support

Confidential, anonymous and free of charge resources and contacts that can help you access mental health professional’s advice and support.

AA
Telephone: 0800 9177 650
Email: [email protected]
Alcoholics Anonymous supports individuals with drinking problems.

Anxiety UK
Telephone: 03444 775 774, Text: 07537 416 905
Email: [email protected]
Charity that supports people who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder or wish to learn more about anxiety.

BEAT
Phone: 0808 801 0677
Email: [email protected]
BEAT is the UK’s eating disorder charity, providing information and specialised support as well as training for adults and young people and their loved ones.

CALM
Telephone London: 0808 802 58 58 (open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight)
Telephone Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58 (open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight)
Webchat (open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight)
Is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

DrugFam
Telephone: 0300 888 3853
Drug and Alcohol addiction
The helpline line is available between 9am and 9pm seven days a week.

Frank
Telephone: 0300 123 660, Text 82111
Email: [email protected]
Webchat (open 7 days a week, 2pm – 6pm)
The charity Frank offers honest information on drugs and various kinds of addiction, through specialised help and advice.

Harmless
Email: [email protected]
Harmless is a national voluntary organisation for young people and adults who self-harm, their friends, families and professionals.

Mental Health Foundation
Telephone: 020 7803 1100
The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity, whose mission is “to help people to thrive through understanding, protecting, and sustaining their mental health.

Papyrus
Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 ( Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, weekends: 2pm-10pm)
Email: [email protected]
Provides resources to help young people who are having suicidal thoughts.

Refuge
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
Refuge supports clients, helping them rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of violence and abuse; for example domestic violence, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery, and female genital mutilation.

Relate
Email: [email protected]
Relate help you make the most of your couple and family relationships, past, present or future. They can help you even if you’re not currently in a relationship.

Rethink Mental Illness
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am — 4pm Monday to Friday)
Email: [email protected]
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.

Safeline
Rape Crisis England and Wales Helpline for Female Survivors: 0808 802 9999
National Male Survivor Helpline: 0808 800 5005
Email: [email protected]
Safeline is an independent and non-discriminatory charity that provides specialist, tailored support for anyone affected by sexual abuse and rape.

Samaritans
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Email: [email protected]
Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face or over the phone.

Saneline
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.

Support Line
Telephone: 01708 765200
Email [email protected]
Support Line is a national emotional support charity that specialises also in anger management, that helps young people and adults with healing, recovery and moving forward with life.

Women’s Aid
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
Email: [email protected]
Women’s Aid aims to end domestic violence against women and children. It offers online support and resources.

Support for Young People

Action for Children
Telephone: 0300 123 2112
Email: [email protected]
UK charity supporting children and their families around the country.

Anxiety UK
Telephone: 03444 775 774, Text: 07537 416 905
Email: [email protected]
Charity that supports people who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder or wish to learn more about anxiety.

BEAT
Telephone: 0808 801 0677
Email: [email protected]
BEAT is the UK’s eating disorder charity, providing information and specialised support as well as training for adults and young people and their loved ones.

CALM
Telephone London: 0808 802 58 58 (open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight)
Telephone Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58 (open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight)
Webchat (open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight)
Is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Centre Point
Telephone: 0800 587 5158
Email: [email protected]
Centrepoint provides homeless young people with accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education, training and employment.

Childline
Telephone: 0800 1111
Childline helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Trained counsellors offer free and confidential support available any time, day or night.

Grief Talk
Telephone 0808 802 0111
Support for anyone from any phone for free Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm.

HeadMeds
HeadMeds is a website for young people about mental health medication.

Hope Again
Telephone: 0808 808 1677
Email: [email protected]
Hope Again is a safe place where young people can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

Kooth
Kooth offers free and confidential online therapy to young people via chat and mental health resources on their website. Therapy is available everyday until 10:00 pm.

Mencap
Telephone: 0808 808 1111
Mencap work to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families by fight alongside them for a better future. Mencap teams up with over 400 local groups to reach people across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

NHS Go
NHS Go is a confidential health advice and information service for 16-25 year olds. That offers free, confidential advice, instant access to local services, quizzes and guides around key health issues.

No Panic
Telephone: 0844 967 4848
Email: [email protected]
No Panic specialises in self-help recovery from anxiety disorder and provides people with the skills they need to manage their condition and work towards recovery, enabling them to lead more fulfilled lives.

Mind Infoline
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday), Text 86463
Email: [email protected]
Mind provides confidential mental health information services.Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind has around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services. You can find a lot of useful information of various mental health conditions on Mind’s website.

OCD Youth
Telephone: 020 7253 5272
Email: [email protected]
OCD Youth aims to increase awareness and access to support for anyone under 25 affected by OCD.

On My Mind
Telephone: 020 7794 2313
Email: [email protected]
Information for young people to make informed decisions about their mental health and wellbeing.

Respect
Freephone: 0808 802 4040
Email: [email protected]
A confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner.

Safeline
Young People’s Helpline: 0808 800 5007
Email: [email protected]
Safeline is an independent and non-discriminatory charity that provides specialist, tailored support for anyone affected by sexual abuse and rape.

Young Minds
Telephone: 0808 802 5544, Text: 85258, Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544
Young Minds is leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. They provide support, information and training for young people, their families and professionals.

The Hide Out
Women’s Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you.

The Lullaby Trust
Telephone: 0808 8026868
Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, Weekends and Public holidays, 6 pm – 10 pm

The Mix
Telephone: 0808 808 4994
Support and resources for under 25 year olds. Including online chats and community blog posts.

Time to Change
Telephone: 020 8215 2356
Email: [email protected]
Time to change charity is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. Resources and information available to be downloaded.

Victim Support
Telephone: 08 08 16 89 111
Victim Support is an independent charity in England and Wales that provides specialist practical and emotional support to victims and witnesses of crime.

Voice Collective
Telephone: 020 7911 0822
Email: [email protected]
Voice Collective is a UK-wide, London-based project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs.

Women’s Aid
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
Email: [email protected]
Women’s Aid aims to end domestic violence against women and children. It offers online support and resources.

How to find a Therapist or Coach

NHS
Your local GP can refer you for free therapy.

InsideOut
Email: [email protected]
If you or someone you care about are in need of further support and would like to speak to a therapist, counsellor or practitioner, then InsideOut provide free therapy and coaching through your benefits package.

Specific Support Services

If you are looking for support around what you believe is a niche or specialised challenge particular to you, then you may find useful some of the below specialist services.

1 in 4
London based counselling services available for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Adult Social Services
London based social care services to reduce risk with adults.

Alopecia UK
Alopecia UK is a small national charity working to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia through aims of support, awareness and research.

Baby Loss
Babyloss is a UK-based resource of information and support for bereaved parents and their families who have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or due to neonatal death.

Black, African & Asian Therapy Network
Nationwide services for a variety of mental health related issues.

British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Independent healthcare charity advocating and caring for women and couples who decide to end a pregnancy.

Brook
Free & confidential sexual health & wellbeing experts

Caba
Lifelong support to past and present ICAEW members, ACA students, past and present ICAEW staff and their close families. All of our services are free, impartial and strictly confidential.

 

Care of the Family
Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.

Citizens Advice
Network of charities offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free.

Children Social Services
London based social care services to reduce risk with children.

Chinese Mental Health Association
Support services and counselling for mental health problems, gambling addiction and depression within the Chinese community.

Cruse
Nationwide bereavement support

Child Bereavement UK
Supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.

Depression UK
National Self-Help Organisation helping people cope with their depression.

Halo Project
The Halo Project has been set up specifically to support victims suffering abuse in the name of honour and those experiencing forced marriage.

Inspired Minds
Mental Health support working within the Muslim faith community.

HAVOCA
Support, friendship and advice for any adult whose life has been affected by childhood abuse.

LGBT Foundation
Support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans.

Life Centre
We are a UK based charity that supports male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse of all ages.

LondonFriends
LGBT health and wellbeing.

Mankind
Mankind exists to support men affected by unwanted sexual experiences.

MalePsychology
Network, conferences and events around men and boys wellbeing and mental health.

Maytree
A free sanctuary offering four nights of support for the suicidal.

Marie Stopes
Helping women and men with their reproductive health for over 40 years

Men’s Advice Aid
Help and support for male victims of domestic abuse

Money Saving Expert
The site’s dedicated to cutting your bills and fighting your corner with journalistic research, cutting-edge tools, all focused on finding deals, saving cash and campaigning for financial justice.

NAPAC
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

NCT
Our mission is to support parents through the first 1,000 days, to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Net Mums
The UK’s biggest parenting website offering local info, expert parenting advice, chat, competitions, recipes and friendly support.

No Panic
Recovery support for anxiety, panic attacks and OCD.

OCD UK
The national OCD charity, run by and for people with lived experience of OCD.

One in Four
Supporting people who have experienced child sexual abuse and trauma.

Rape Crisis
Feminist organisation that supports the work of Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales. We also raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence and abuse in all its forms.

Relate
UK’s largest provider of relationship support resources. Available on telephone, webcam, live chat, email and in-centre support across the UK.

SANDS
Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Sleep Counselling
Psychotherapy and coaching specifically around anyone experiencing problems with sleep.

Shelter
Helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.

Shout
Crisis Text Line’s US service is a free, nationwide, text-based, 24/7 service for people experiencing crisis.

Solace Women’s Aid
Counselling and group work to help women recover from traumatic abuse.

Step Change
We provide the UK’s most comprehensive debt advice service. We help people
with debt problems take back control of their finances and their lives.

Sue Ryder
We support people who are living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or who have lost a loved one – we are there when it matters.

Switchboard
We are a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional wellbeing.

Terrance Higgins Trust
Counselling and support to those affected and living with HIV.

The Lantern Project
Support for victims of child abuse.

The Survivors Trust
National Umbrella Organisation for Specialist Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Services.

The Stress Management
Non-profit organisation dedicated to helping individuals and companies recognise and reduce stress.

Weight Matters
Therapy and counselling services near Bank and Old Street around weight, food, eating and health issues.

Winston’s Wish
Support children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling

Woman’s Trust
Free counselling, groups and workshops for women with experience
of domestic abuse across London.

The Forced Marriage Unit
Information and practice guidelines for professionals on how to protect, advise and support victims of forced marriage.

Support in Dealing with Addictions

If you are looking for support specifically around addiction, then some of these organisations might be right for you.

ADDaction
UK’s leading charity for drug, alcohol and mental health addictions.

Adfam
National charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.

AL-ANON Family Groups
Support for anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not.

Alcoholics Anonymous
For those interested in learning more about alcoholism and finding twelve-step AA meetings in your area.

Brief Interventions Team @ Reset Drug and Alcohol Service
For high functioning adults with low to medium drug or alcohol use.

Drinkaware
Independent UK-wide alcohol education charity, funded largely by voluntary and unrestricted donations from UK alcohol producers, retailers and supermarkets.

Gamblers Anonymous
A twelve-step program for people who have a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.

Narcotics Anonymous
For recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Support for children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem.

NHS Alcohol Support
Extensive resources on alcohol recovery and supporting alcoholics.

NHS Smoking Services
Find local services who can help you stop smoking.

Rehab-online
Directory of residential rehabilitation services for adult drug and/or alcohol misusers in England and Wales.

Sex Addicts Anonymous
SAA is a twelve-step program for the purpose of finding freedom from addictive sexual behaviour and helping others recover from sex addiction.

Turning Point
National Charity Offering Support for Mental Health and Substance Addiction.

Westminster Drug Project
A national charity that supports adults with drug and alcohol addiction.

Supporting friends and family

We all have mental health and it is very likely that a friend, colleague, family member or acquaintance may struggle with their mental health at some point and we may want to help support them. Below is a list of resources to help you have those conversations if you feel you need to.

Mental Health Foundation
A good list on what to look out for and how to help someone in need of mental health support.

MIND
Extensive list on supporting different mental health conditions.

NHS Mood self-assessment quiz
Assess if someone is anxious or depressed and links to useful advice on mental wellbeing.

Time to Change
Questionnaire for directed action on how to support others.