If you feel like you need more immediate support, the following national helplines are available;
Whatever you’re going through, call Samaritans free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
They are available round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us.
CALM offer an accredited confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through our helpline. Calls are taken by trained staff who are there to listen, support, inform and signpost. And because calls are confidential and anonymous they don’t and can’t offer a counselling service. They also offer a web chat service.
The National helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Callers can talk through any issue, they’ll listen and offer information and signposting. Calls are anonymous & confidential and won’t show up on your phone bill. Calls are free from landlines, payphones and all mobiles.
For Veterans and Family Members
Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds offers support to Veterans and Armed Forces family members struggling with depression, anxiety, anger and those wishing to change their drinking habits. Free and confidential support is available nationally by Skype, phone or face to face.
To speak to a member of the team, please call 0808 2020 144 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or request a call back here.
Combat Stress (part of Contact, the military mental health coalition)
If you’re currently serving, or have served in the UK Armed Forces, you can the Combat Stress free 24 Hour Helpline for confidential advice on your mental health problems and how to get help. If you are a family member or carer, you can use it too.
Call 0800 138 1619
Text 07537 404 719
For anyone who may be experiencing a mental health problem or a family or friend
Mind’s Infoline advisors provide information on a range of topics including:
- types of mental health problem
- where to get help
- medication and alternative treatments
They will look for details of help and support in your own area.
The Helpline is open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Tel: 0300 123 3393
For young people under 25
The Mix is the here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that people under 25 have in order to give them the best support through our digital and phone services in the following ways:
- A free and confidential helpline– 0808 808 4994. Available 365 days via phone, email or webchat with a free appfor instant access to help
- The Mixwebsite – offering essential support and advice on everything from sex and relationships to mental health and well being
- Discussion boards– an online community for young people where they can talk anonymously about anything on their mind
- Live Chat– online chat rooms allow young people to have a safe space to share what’s on their mind
YoungMinds run a free, confidential parents helpline, which dads and other parents / carers can call if they are worried about how a child or young person is feeling or behaving. (https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/ 0808 802 5544)
They also run a group called Parents Say, for parents whose children are accessing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services:
If you would like to know what other support is available in your area, then use the State of Mind ‘in your area’ pages which can be found through the below link: