Antenatal screening helplines


ARC Antenatal Results and Choices

Helpline: 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 via mobile


ARC is a national charity helping parents and healthcare professionals through antenatal screening and its consequences.

It offers non-directive individualised information and support to parents who are making decisions around antenatal testing and helps parents cope with the uncertainty and anxiety which is an inevitable part of the testing process.

It recognises that expectant parents who are told that their baby has a significant anomaly need emotional support and practical information to make the right decision for them in their individual circumstances about how the pregnancy should proceed.

ARC gives long term support to parents whatever decision is made about the future of their pregnancy through a national helpline, coordinated network of volunteer parent contacts, password-protected internet support forums, face-to-face meetings, regular newsletters and a range of publications for parents and their families.

It provides specialised training for healthcare professionals so that they can respond both practically and emotionally to parents' needs.

In the UK approximately 800,000 women become pregnant every year and every one of these women will be offered some form of screening test, such as an ultrasound scan and/or a blood test. As a result more than 40,000 women will be told there is a risk that their baby may not be developing as expected. This causes a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty for expectant parents and their families.

Stroke helplines and how to spot the signs of a stroke

Stroke helplines

Get more advice and information about strokes and how to recognise the symptoms from our helplines

The most effective stroke treatments must be given within the first three hours after stroke symptoms start. By recognising signs of stroke and acting fast, you can help lessen a stroke's damage to the person's brain.

What to look out for:
* A severe headache - often the first complaint
* Speech difficulties
* Eye movement problems
* Numbness

If you suspect a stroke, do the following:

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast.

Domestic abuse and violence helplines

If you are in immediate danger always call the police, and always dial 999 if it is an emergency. They have a duty to protect and help you. If you visit any of these websites, please read the ‘hide your visit’ / ‘cover your tracks’ / safety information – or click on ‘Exit Website’

24hr Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women's Aid)
Freephone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Gov UK– Controlling or Coercive Behaviour

The offence closes a gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviour that occurs during a relationship between intimate partners, former partners who still live together or family members. This offence sends a clear message that this form of domestic abuse can constitute a serious offence particularly in light of the violation of trust it represents and will provide better protection to victims experiencing repeated or continuous abuse. It sets out the importance of recognising the harm caused by coercion or control, the cumulative impact on the victim and that a repeated pattern of abuse can be more injurious and harmful than a single incident of violence.

Refuge -

Recognising Abuse
Thirty-five years ago Refuge set up the world's first refuge for women andchildren escaping domestic violence. Since then, Refuge has grown to become thelargest provider of emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women andchildren in the country and the leading voice in the campaign to end domesticviolence.

Women's Aid Federation of England Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours) - Emotional Abuse
For women who are experiencing or have experienced physical, mental, sexual ordomestic violence or abuse. Offers advice, support and crisis intervention toabused women.

Advice for families with mums in prison


Every year an estimated 17,000 children experience their mum being sent to prison. Last year, 83% of women sentenced to prison had committed a non-violent crime and 62% were serving a sentence of six months or less.

A new report by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) reveals that a mother’s imprisonment not only damages the child’s relationship with her, but can affect every area of their lives, including their housing, education, health and well-being.

Only one in 20 children whose mother is sent to prison each year is able to stay in the family home. They may be placed with a number of different carers during their mother's sentence. Many children face financial hardship and encounter significant disruption to their lives such as moving school and being separated from brothers and sisters.

There are no corresponding statistics for NI and Scotland but the Prison Reform Trust estimate that 65% of women in prison in Scotland are mothers.

Birth Companions supports women experiencing severe disadvantage during pregnancy, birth and early parenting including mothers who give birth in prison
Support for prisoners’ children
The prison reform trust believes prison should be reserved for those whose offending is so serious that they cannot serve their sentence in the community

Body dysmorphic disorder helplines

Body dysmorphic disorder helplines

NHS Choices


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

Comprehensive advice and information on BDD and OCD from NHS Choices with links to external sites.

MIND – Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mindinfoline: 0300 123 3393

Help and information about BDD

The Body Dysmorphic Foundation

Our charity is dedicated to the relief of suffering from BDD. It aims to advance education and understanding of BDD. It supports research into BDD and its treatments. Whilst we are based in the UK, our reach is international and we are proud to be the only charity for BDD in the world. You’re not alone. BDD is a recognised clinical condition, and it is treatable. This website may help you find the answers to your questions.

BODY Charity

BODY is a national charitable organisation that actively celebrates individuality and strives to cure those with Body disorders. We believe in 'Being One Distinguished You' because we are ALL unique and we are ALL beautiful. On this website, you'll find everything you need to know about our FREE therapy and how we help people directly. This includes: Support groups for loved ones and carers. Self help classes. One on one therapy. Creative expressive therapy workshops and our BODY Buddy national befriending system.



OCD-UK works independently working with and for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, their objective is to make a positive and meaningful difference in the everyday lives of people affected by OCD by providing accessible and effective support services and by campaigning for improved access and quality treatment and care.

Anxiety UK

Helpline: 08444 775 774

About Anxiety:


Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. We work regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety disorders. We also campaign to raise awareness of anxiety disorders.

Drug addiction helplines

Drug addiction helplines

Drug addiction

Drug addiction helplines9:27 - 16 APR 2018Use our helplines to find more information and advice on drug addiction

NHS Choices – Drugs

Drugs Overview


Drug Addiction Support

Cannabis - the facts

Legal highs

Find services for drug addiction support that are right for you or someone you know. Provide your postcode to search for the nearest Drug addiction support service.

Royal College of Psychiatrists - Cannabis and Mental Health

This leaflet looks at the research on the effects of cannabis use and mental health and is for anyone who is concerned about the issue. We hope that this will help people to make informed choices about using - or not using - cannabis.

GovUK – Drugs & Driving – The Law

Drug driving law

It’s illegal to drive if you are either unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs or you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they haven’t affected your driving). Legal drugs are prescription or over-the-counter medicines. If you’re taking them and not sure if you should drive, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional


Drug driving

THINK! provides road safety information for road users. Our aim is to encourage safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads every year.

Talk to Frank

Helpline: 0300 123 6600

How do I know if I've got a problem?



Over the Counter Painkillers

Legal highs

Smart drugs

Offers free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day. Helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't).

The Mix

Helpline: 0808 808 4994

What are legal highs?

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all. So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome.

We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs. We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.


Helpline: 0800 1111


ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chatwith us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.

Drugwise Cannabis - Legal Highs

Provides drug information which is topical, evidence-based and non-judgemental – and to promote this through media work, public speaking and lecturing.

Action on Addiction


Prescription and over the counter drugs


Provides help and information to families and individuals who are worried about alcohol or drug misuse problems.

Breast cancer screening helpline


Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not receive invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening. Speaking in the Commons, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt said 450,000 women aged 68-71 had failed to get invitations since 2009, due to a computer error.

The NHS intended to contact these women if they were still living in the UK and registered with a GP by the end of May, with the first 65,000 letters going out this week.

Jeremy Hunt said anyone who does not receive a letter this month is not likely to have been affected. Those under the age of 72 will receive an appointment letter informing them of the time and date.

Those over 72 will be offered access to a helpline to decide if it will be beneficial for them.

If you're concerned you can call the breast screening helpline number 0800 169 2692.

Go the NHS Choices website for more information.