A list of regional NHS led mental health crisis lines can be found at the bottom of this page. The following support organisations are available nationally.
Beat Eating Disorders
You are never alone with your eating disorder. The team are there to support people who have or are worried they have an eating disorder, as well as others affected such as friends and family. Helplines are open 365 days a year from 12pm-8pm on weekdays, 4pm-8pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
Youthline: 0808 801 0711
Bereavement Support Network
Resources to help guide through the stages of bereavement and offer practical guidance on what to do when dealing with the deceased’s estate and personal matters.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
A helpline for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.
0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight)
Child Bereavement UK
Supports families when a baby or child of any age dies or when a child is facing bereavement.
0800 02 888 40
Choice and Medication
The Choice and Medication website offers patient information about mental health conditions and the treatments available to help make informed decisions about choosing the right medicine.
The UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today we provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict to give them hope and future.
0800 138 1619
Helpline text: 07537 404719
Cruse Bereavement Care
Support, advice and information for children, young people and adults when someone dies. The helpline is available Monday to Friday 9.30am-5pm (8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).
0808 808 1677
National provider of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.
0808 8020 133
A free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
A national charity that provides services in the heart of local communities.
Information and advice for people with a learning disability, families and carers.
0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)
Mental Health Foundation
Prevention is at the heart of this organisation. Their mission is to help people to thrive through understanding, protecting and sustaining their mental health.
Information and support about mental illness.
0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm)
A registered charity which helps people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders, including those people who are trying to give up tranquilisers.
Confidential support and advice for young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, or anyone worried about a young person.
0800 068 4141
PTSD UK is dedicated to raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder – no matter the trauma that caused it.
A free to use online counselling and wellbeing service for adults, with a strong focus on recovery and prevention and offering pre-assessment care.
Relate: relationship support
The UK’s largest provider of relationship support. Last year they helped more than two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships.
Rethink Mental Illness
Improving the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through their network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. Their goal is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.
Whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans at any time for free. They offer a safe place for you to talk in your own way about whatever is getting to you.
116 123 (24 hour)
SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity)
Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care of bereaved parents.
0808 164 3332
Emotional support and information for anyone affected by mental illness.
0300 304 7000 (4.30pm-10.30pm daily)
The UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. A place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
You can use the Stay Alive app if you’re having suicidal thoughts or you’re concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app isn’t a substitute for professional services but provides a tool to help support yourself. Anyone can download the Stay Alive app from the app store on their mobile phone.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
We exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.
0300 111 5065 (Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm)
For members of the LGBT community – a place for calm words when you need them most. Switchboard is available to help with whatever you want to talk about, nothing is off limits.
0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm)
Essential support for the under 25s. Available to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, homelessness to finding a job, break-ups to drugs.
0808 808 4994
The Silver Line
A free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people. Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
0800 470 8090
Women’s National Domestic Violence Helpline
The 24 hour freephone helpline is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. The helpline is answered by fully trained female support workers and volunteers who will answer your call in confidence, supporting survivors of domestic abuse, friends and families, as well as professionals who are in contact with domestic violence survivors.
0808 2000 247 (seven days a week)
Fighting for children and young people’s mental health.
0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4pm)
Regional NHS led mental health crisis lines
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – Bolton, Salford, Trafford and Manchester
Telephone: 0800 953 0285
Pennine Care Foundation Mental Health Trust – Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop
Telephone: 0800 014 9995
Additional services for Stockport residents
Telephone: 0800 138 7276
Additional services for Wigan residents
Telephone: 0800 051 3253
Text: ‘REACH’ to 85258
Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust
Telephone: 0800 915 4640
Text: ‘Hello’ to 07862 022846
Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust mental health crisis line
Telephone: 0800 953 0110
Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Telephone: 0800 652 2865
For those with communication difficulties, text 07795 656 226
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Telephone: 0800 145 6485
Text: ‘BLUE’ to 85258
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby
Telephone: 0800 145 6570
Text: ‘HEAL’ to 85258
For children up to the age of 16 call 0808 196 3550 or 0151 293 3577
Text: ‘GREEN’ to 85250
For Warrington, St Helens, Halton and Knowsley residents
Telephone: 0800 051 1508