Whilst ACAMH cannot offer personal advice, we do urge you to reach out you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice. For those based in the UK, if you need support please use these helplines as provided by NHS website. For those outside the UK please use an internet search to find an organisation that can offer direct support. Do not suffer in silence, reach out.
Anxiety UK: Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)
Beat: Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
Bipolar UK: A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight).
Cruse Bereavement Care: Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Mencap: Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Mental Health Foundation: Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Mind: Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
No Panic: Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OC). Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge.
NSPCC: Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline). 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline).
OCD Action: Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge.
PAPYRUS: Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays).
Rape Crisis: To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm)
Refuge: Advice on dealing with domestic violence. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Rethink Mental Illness: Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Samaritans: Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline).
SANE: Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm). Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare. Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum.
YoungMinds: Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)