A list of Helping Lines & Helping Places.

“My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully and yell for help if you need it.”
Judy Blume
http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/pages/helplines.aspxWhether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.General

  • Counselling Directory was set up as a free, confidential service to encourage those in distress to seek help. Visitors can read about different areas of distress, view useful articles written by counsellors and refine their search to find the most appropriate help. Every counsellor on the site has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism. Website:  http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/
  • •Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.
Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 1pm-11pm)
SANEmail email: sanemail@org.uk
Website: www.sane.org.uk

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0845 766 0163
Website: www.mind.org.uk

•The Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for everyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Phone: 020 7802 0300
Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: 0800 018 2138
Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Helps to prevent deaf people developing mental health problems.
Phone: 01494 687600
Website: www.signcharity.org.uk

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 PAPYRUS is a National UK charity working to prevent suicide in young people (35 years and under) though no one is turned away.

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

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
Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247
Website: www.refuge.org.uk
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)

•Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: 0845 769 7555
Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

•Narcotics Anonymous
Phone: 0845 373 3366
Website: www.ukna.org

•Gamblers Anonymous
Phone: 020 7384 3040
Website: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk

•Alzheimer’s Society
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0845 300 0336
Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

•Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0844 477 9400
Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk
Crime victims

Find your local helpline at:

•Rape Crisis
Website: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/members.html
•Victim Support
Phone: 0845 30 30 900
Website: www.victimsupport.org
Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health

Phone: 0845 766 0163
Website: www.mind.org.uk

Phone: 0845 767 8000
Website: www.sane.org.uk

•Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 020 8974 6814
Website: www.rethink.org

•Depression Alliance
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
Phone: 0845 123 2320
Website: www.depressionalliance.org

CALM is The Campaign against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Website: www.thecalmzone.net

•Manic Depression Fellowship
A charity helping people with manic depression/bipolar disorder.
Phone: 0845 634 0540
Website: www.mdf.org.uk
Eating disorders

Phone: 0845 634 1414
Website: www.b-eat.co.uk
Learning disabilities

Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 020 7454 0454
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: 020 7226 4000
Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

Charity website run by obsessive compulsives. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0870 126 9506
Website: www.ocduk.org
Panic and anxiety

•Panic attacks
Website offering free online course for people who suffer from panic attacks.
Phone: 01273 776 770
Website: www.panic-attacks.co.uk

•No Panic
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 0808 808 0545
Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

•No more panic
Information for sufferers and carers of people with panic, anxiety or phobias (OCD). Has a discussion forum.
Website: www.nomorepanic.co.uk

•Parentline Plus
Phone: 0808 800 2222
Website: www.parentlineplus.org.uk

•Anxiety UK
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774
Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Phone: 08451 304016
Website: www.relate.org.uk


11 thoughts on “A list of Helping Lines & Helping Places.

    Kathleen Alman said:
    December 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Nice to see your resource list. For PAPYRUS, could you update it to say that PAPYRUS is a National UK charity working to prevent suicide in young people (35 years and under)though no one is turned away.

    Kind regards,
    Kathleen Alman
    Suicide Prevention Coordinator
    PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide

    Paul Davidson said:
    December 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

    hello dawni you caught me out chatting to much.

    be good if you could just browse my link’s on my site and pick out any you might like to add. including the Amazing Mike Skinner. in my Inspirational people list.

    I wonder Dawn. I have found the most awesome individual’s on facebook. and groups organisations. some to do with mental health some rare disease and A Grieving mothers/fathers group’s. P.C. SUPPORT Info group. I wonder canwe put a little list together.

    going by my experiences it’s not always say a mental health illness that is causing Mental distress. trust me on this people. a life long physical hidden disability is to thiscday causing me great emotional pain. but due to finding just one amazing website They helped me in a way I could finally fight for a diognosis and get my condition managed. a monumental difference to my life. and losing a child to a rare disease was extraudinarily distressing for me. anyone already in deep depression and p.t.s.d. who suddenly find’s out their child is going to die, really need’s the most incredibly ugent information. but when i discovered a rare disease network wow wow wow. wonderful people wonderful possitivity while in most extreme adversity. Then Dawni things just all into place. they lot’s are on my website. so please take a peek. gaucher page for sure.

    chat very soon.

    Paul Davidson said:
    December 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Hello Dawni. looking through the list is so comforting. many of thes Organisation’s have helped me. and in return I promote them on my own website plus many more.

    It would be wonderful if you could add some more if at all possible. I have many link’s you could just copy by the page. as did a User Forum who set up last year.

    if only one link helped ”ONE PERSON” You would make such a difference to their life. if they pick up the phone and say ”CAN YOU HELP ME PLEASE”.


      Dawn Willis responded:
      December 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Paul send me the links you’d like to include xx

    cathy said:
    October 17, 2010 at 12:24 am

    just came across this post and thanks for all these addresses and phone numbers,they will come in handy,keep up the good posts dawn.

    Fiona said:
    March 31, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Please may I borrow all of this information to post on my blog? It will be read by two people, Me and Lauren from USA!

      Dawn Willis responded:
      March 31, 2010 at 12:15 pm

      But of course….

        Ron said:
        April 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm


        Just a tip but always insist on being credited when anyone uses your material. Basic courtesy, really, and it puts your name in front of a potential new audience.

        Ron. (@rantsfromron)

    Douglas Bickel said:
    March 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Just keep making good posts.

    Brenda Jamison said:
    March 10, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Great post, thank you! I really like it!

    Nida Decuir said:
    February 25, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I am the wife of a high functioning alcoholic. He is a worthy employee in a middle level management occupation. He is an exemplary male parent who adores his two little boys and he has been a good hubby to me (I can in all likelihood count the times we have raised our voices in angriness, in fourteen years) and he is a great and sincere friend. His boozing has increased and stepped up since the birth of our first son about 10 years past. I inadvertently learned that he had been hiding vodka in our home office in the form of vodka airplane bottles. He drinks beer in front of us but only drinks vodka behind closed doors. After 5 PM he gets drunk promptly and often doesnt even last until the childrens bedtime. I want to screen my sons from his alcoholism. I looked for out assistance in the form of personal therapy and al-anon, which has helped. I urged him to search out therapy and he did but was quickly released because, (by his own admission), he did not in full reveal. He has only recently looked for the assistance of AA and it seems to be of some help. I am very definitive in the fact that I do not want to be co-dependant and that I want him to know that I strongly disapprove of the drinking while I want to extend some positive reinforcement when he does not imbibe.

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