If you're experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help

NHS URGENT MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINES

NHS urgent mental health helplines are for people of all ages.

You can call for:

  • 24-hour advice and support – for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for
  • help to speak to a mental health professional
  • an assessment to help decide on the best course of care

LINK: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline

NHS England IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

If you're based in England, you can use webpage to find and refer yourself to mental health services in your area.

Website: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-psychological-therapies-service/

NEED SOMEONE TO LISTEN?

Samaritans

Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
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Website: https://www.samaritans.org

Provides confidential, non-judgmental 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.

Mind Infoline

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
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Website: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines

Mind provides confidential mental health information services.

With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
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Website: http://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice

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.

Saneline

Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Website: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline

Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.

Side by Side

Website: https://sidebyside.mind.org.uk/about

Side by Side is an online community where you can listen, share and be heard. Side by Side is run by Mind.

PANDAS Foundation
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.

Citizens Advice
Gives free confidential information and advice to help people sort out their money, legal, consumer and other problems.

SHOUT CRISIS TEXT LINE

Crisis Text Line

Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19

Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Website: https://www.giveusashout.org/

UNDER 25?

The Mix

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Email: Helpline email form
Crisis Support: Text 'THEMIX' to 85258.
Website: www.themix.org.uk/get-support

The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix's support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.

ChildLine

Telephone: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small. The number will not appear on your phone bill.

COPING DURING A CRISIS

The mental health charity Mind has information on ways to help yourself cope during a crisis.  This includes calming exercises and a tool to get you through the next few hours.

IF YOUR LIFE IS AT RISK RIGHT NOW

If you feel like you might attempt suicide, or may have seriously harmed yourself, you need urgent medical help. Please:

  • call 999 for an ambulance
  • go straight to A&E, if you can
  • or call your local crisis team, if you have their number.
LEGAL LINE

Legal line: 0300 466 6463

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Post: Mind Legal line, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS

Our Legal line provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law. We're open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Ask them about:

  • being detained under the Mental Health Act (sectioning)
  • mental capacity
  • community care
  • discrimination and equality.
SOMETHING ELSE?

If none of these options feel right for you, you might find what you're looking for in Mind’s directory:

MIND Peer Directory

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