Contacts for your emotions and mental health

These organisations and communities can support you with all aspects of your emotions and mental health – whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression or stress, or you just need someone to talk to.

If you need emergency help

Young Lives vs Cancer is unable to offer a 24/7 support service. If you need help urgently, there are a number of organisations you can contact. If someone’s life is at risk and/or you do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe, call 999 or go to your nearest A&E immediately. 


Whatever you are going through, you can contact the Samaritans for support 24/7. Email or call 116 123. 

Young Minds textline 

Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis. Text YM to 85258. More information: 

The Mix – crisis messenger 

The Mix’s crisis messenger text service provides free 24/7 crisis support across the UK to those 25 and under. Text THEMIX to 85258.

NHS urgent mental health support (England) 

Find your nearest urgent mental health support service in England: 

C.A.L.L – mental health helpline in Wales

This helpline offers a confidential listening and support service – open 24/7. Call 0800 132 737 or text help to 81066. Visit: 

Lifeline 24hr – 24/7 counselling in Northern Ireland 

Lifeline is a crisis phone line for people in Northern Ireland experiencing distress or despair. The helpline is available 24 hours a day. 
Call on 0808 808 8000

Breathing Space (Scotland) 

Breathing Space’s experienced advisors are ready to listen to whatever is on your mind and offer information and advice. Call 0800 83 85 87 for free.
Weekdays: Monday-Thursday, 6pm to 2am
Weekends: Friday 6pm to Monday 6am  

Reviewed and updated in December 2021.

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