Get help now

Get help now

The festive season can be a tough time of year for many people: the reality of Christmas is often far from the image portrayed on TV and in movies.

It’s important to remember that no-one should suffer in silence, and that none of us should feel that we are alone, either at Christmas or at any time of the year: help, be it a friendly voice or an expert who can help you out of a crisis, is only a phone call, a text or an email away.

As dark as the day may seem, things can – and usually do – get better if you ask for help. There are lots of organisations out there who are ready and waiting to get you through challenging times, so please, reach out and take the first steps to becoming the better, healthier, happier you.

Here are a few of the organisations who are here for you:

THE SAMARITANS

You can get in touch with the Samaritans about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. Call now for free on 116 123

The Samaritans are there to listen, no judgment, no pressure, and to help you work through what’s on your mind. They’ll never tell you what to do.

If you need advice or specialist support for a specific issue, such as a bereavement or domestic abuse, the Samaritans have put together a list of specialist organisations, including their contact details, which you may find helpful.

More on the Samaritans here

MIND

MIND provideS advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Local Minds support people in communities across England and Wales. Their range of services includes supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. Find out if there is one where you live by clicking here.

The MIND website features a wealth of information for people suffering poor mental health, and those supporting someone who is, including advice and what to do in the event of a crisis.

Find out more here

SHELTER

Home is a human right. It’s our foundation and it’s where we thrive. Yet, every day millions of people are being devastated by the housing emergency. Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home. Because home is everything.

Shelter’s free emergency helpline is open 365 days a year to answer calls from anyone struggling with a housing issue or homelessness – call for free on 0808 800 4444

More information on Shelter here

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) are taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling crap, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living.

125 lives are lost every week to suicide. And 75 per cent of all UK suicides are male. CALM exist to change this by provoking conversation, running life-saving services, and bringing people together so they reject living miserably, get help when they need it and don’t die by suicide.

To access support from CALM click here

THE SILVER LINE

Run by Age UK, The Silver Line offer friendship, conversation, and support to older people aged 55 and over. Whatever the day or time, you can pick up the phone and speak to one of the friendly Silver Line team members.

Whether you’d like to exchange a quick “good morning” with someone, fancy a chat about how your day has gone, or need a trusted listening ear to share your thoughts and feelings with, The Silver Line is there to talk.

Click here for more details

WOMEN’S AID

Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.

Women’s Aid have been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic violence and abuse through practice for almost 50 years. They empower survivors by keeping their voices at the heart of their work, working with and for women and children by listening to them and responding to their needs.

Women’s Aid was founded on women’s struggle against patriarchy, sexism and male violence and grew out of the women’s movement in the 70s and 80s. Today they take an intersectional approach to our work to end domestic abuse and stand with other feminist organisations leading the way in eradicating violence against women and girls.

To access support from Women’s Aid click here

CHILDLINE

Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, the charity’s trained counsellors are there to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night, on the phone, email or 1-2-1 counsellor chat.

Find out how to contact Childline here