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 feel suicidal, don't wait. Call the Samaritans free any time, from any phone on 116 123 and talk to someone now.
Beat – beating eating disorders
Beat is dedicated to supporting people with eating disorders. You can talk to others with similar experiences. They have message boards, online support groups, and regional support services. They also run phone and email helplines.
Call the Youth Helpline free on 0808 801 0711
Big White Wall
A safe online community of people who are anxious or finding it difficult to cope. They support each other by sharing what’s troubling them. Big White Wall is available 24/7 and is guided by trained professionals. It’s also completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly.
A free, safe and confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They aim to provide a safe and supportive space in times of difficulty by listening, offering advice and providing information.
Call free on 0800 83 85 87
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) has helpful information about a range of topics. They also have lifestyle articles and videos to encourage men to live life to the fullest and get the support they need. Their helpline is open 7 days a week from 5pm until midnight. You can talk through any issue. They’ll listen and offer information anonymously and confidentially.
Call on 0800 58 58 58 or use webchat from 5pm – midnight
The Counselling Directory provides information about different types of counselling and other therapies. It also has a postcode-searchable database of counsellors and psychotherapists from across the UK.
It can be hard to talk to people when you’re having difficulties with your mental health. Doc Ready helps you prepare for the first time you visit a doctor to talk about your mental health. You’ll build a checklist, so you don’t miss anything, and get simple info and tips on what to expect.
Fixers are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them. Young people aged 16 to 25 tackle issues that matter the most to them.
Head Above the Waves
Heads Above the Waves is an organisation that raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. They promote positive, creative ways of dealing with the bad days.
Straightforward information about mental health conditions and their medications. It also includes stories from other young people.
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
Meic is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales. Meic provides information, useful advice and the support you need to make a change.
Call on 08088 023456
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Call on 0300 123 3393, email email@example.com or text 86463
NHS Choices – Youth Mental Health
A hub for advice and help on mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and stress. You can also complete a mood questionnaire to help you understand how you feel.
Papyrus – prevention of young suicide
Confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. If this is how you feel, please visit their website. Or call HOPELineUK – a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information.
Call HOPELineUK on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209697
Samaritans volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide confidential support on any issue. They can be contacted by phone, email and letter, and also offer face-to-face support at local branches across the UK.
Call free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
SANE works to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. They run a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline. It offers specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.
Call on 0300 304 7000
stem4 supports positive mental health in teenagers. They help to stem mental health issues by providing education and building resilience. They encourage early identification and intervention of teenage mental health issues.
SupportLine is a confidential, non-judgemental service providing emotional support by phone, email or post, allowing young people from across the UK to talk through any issue they may be experiencing.
Call on 0170 876 5200
The Mix is here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Get in touch online, via social or a free, confidential helpline.
Call on 0808 808 4994 or have a 1-2-1 chat
Young Minds is a charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. You’ll find plenty of advice on their website about specific conditions like anxiety, depression and eating disorders, and where to go for more support.
Youth Access an advice and counselling network for young people. You can find free and confidential counselling, advice or information services locally using their postcode search.
Reviewed and updated in January 2020.