In a medical emergency
Please phone the emergency services on 999
Helplines when you feeling distressed
or are concerned about someone else
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional
support, 24 hours a day. The Samaritans can be called on
116 123. You can also contact your local Samaritans branch
if you'd like to talk to someone in your region.
Anxiety UK helpline on 03444 775 774,
open Mon-Fri 09:30-22:00 and Sat-Sun 10:00-20:00
If you need help out of
normal working hours
If you can't reach a GP during normal
(9am-5pm, Monday – Friday),
or are unable to access your GP,
ring NHS direct on 111 for
You can also visit your
nearest A&E department.
Urgent help &
If you are worried about a child or young person
YoungMinds Parents Helpline offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and
advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person
up to the age of 25. The helpline is open from 9:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. You can also call them on 0808 802 5544.
If you are under 19
Childline offers help and support to children and teenagers. If you ring you will be put through to a counsellor who
can offer you free, confidential advice and information. The Childline helpline can be called on 0808 802 5544..
If you would like further information or support.
SANE runs a national, out-of-hours
mental health helpline offering
specialist emotional support and
information to anyone affected by
mental illness, including family,
friends and carers. The helpline is
open every day of the year from 6pm
to 11pm. The helpline can be
reached on 0300 304 7000
Mind offers advice, legal information,
and support across a range of
mental health conditions. The line
is open from 9am-6pm, Monday to
Friday (except for bank holidays).
The infoline can be reached
on 0300 123 3393. You can also text
Mind at 8646
Rething Mental Illnes
Rethink Mental Illness offers
practical advice and support to
those experiencing severe
mental illnesses, such as
schizophrenia, and to their carers
and relatives. The Rethink Advice
Line can be reached
on 0300 5000 927.
If you would like to talk to others.
There are a range of mental health forums where you can talk to others about your experiences and hear their
stories too. Below are a few popular support forums:
Elefriends A community forum hosted by the charity Mind, where individuals can talk about any aspect of their
The Mix Open forums for under-25s to discuss mental health and other topics.
Bipolar UK community A support forum for everyone affected by bipolar disorder