Help Is always Near
What services are on offer?
Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, recover a better quality of life. It provides effective services and support and campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding.
National Advice Service: 0300 5000 927 (Open 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday)
Parents helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm)
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: text YM to 85258
Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
116 123 (free to call from within the UK and Ireland), 24 hours a day
Mind offers advice, support and information to people experiencing a mental health difficulty and their family and friends. Mind also has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.
Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm (except bank holidays).
InfoLine: 020 7803 1101
Improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning difficulties.
InfoLine: 020 7827 8300
Working to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems.
InfoLine: 01455 883300
Through the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) you can find out more about counselling services in your area.
InfoLine: 0843 28 98 401 (every day from 9am-8pm)
PANDAS Foundation vision is to support every individual with pre (antenatal), postnatal depression or postnatal psychosis in England, Wales and Scotland. We campaign to raise awareness and remove the stigma. We provide our PANDAS Help Line, Support Groups offer online advice to all and much more.
General advice and support
Gives free confidential information and advice to help people sort out their money, legal, consumer and other problems.
Support for children and young people
InfoLine: 020 7336 8445
Provides information and advice for anyone with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person.
InfoLine: 0800 1111
Free, national helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger.
InfoLine: 0800 009966
Infoline on issues relating to older people.
InfoLine: 020 7837 7324
Provides information, support and referral services.
InfoLine: 020 7346 6700
The UK’s largest organisation working with refugees and asylum seekers.
InfoLine: 0300 100 1234
Offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support.
InfoLine: 08000 562 561
A 24/7 telephone support line which gives teachers access to professional coaches and counsellors 365 days a year. The network also campaigns for change within schools and education policy in order to improve the wellbeing, mental and physical health of teachers.
InfoLine: 08444 775 774
Works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy.
Common Signs to look out for
It’s important to recognise and pay attention to various warning signs such as increased risk-taking behaviour, addiction, loss of enthusiasm and changes in diet or routine, remember warning signs can be multiple or singular.