Respiratory diseases helplines

Respiratory diseases helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiritory diseases

NHS Choices - COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.

British Lung Foundation

BLF Helpline: 03000 030 555

Respiritory disease

Our support can make your life better. We can give you information and advice to make you feel more in control of your condition. And, we can help you connect with other people in similar situations, so you can talk things through and don’t feel alone.

NHS Go Smoke Free

Smokefree National Helpline: 0300 123 1044

Ways to quit

Find out about all of the free NHS services available to support you as you go smokefree. Explore the options below, or if you are not sure where to start please call the NHS Smokefree Helpline. Our trained, NHS advisers can talk you through the options and help you to decide what would suit you best. Also details for a free Quit Kit and Smokefree Kit


Helpline: Freephone 0800 84 84 84

Smokeline is Scotland's national stop smoking helpline.

British Lung Foundation

Helpline: 03000 030 555

Stopping smoking

Breathe Easy is the local support network of the British Lung Foundation. To find a group near you, please click on one of the following links:

BLF Scotland & Northern Ireland

BLF Wales

BLF England - London and South

BLF England - Midlands

BLF England - North

BLF England - North West

BLF England - South West

Loneliness helplines


If you'd like advice and support for overcoming loneliness, see our helplines


MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393

How to cope with loneliness

The MindinfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.

Campaign to End Loneliness

Feeling lonely?

We help people to maintain and create personal connections in their later life. We draw on research and inspiration from across the country to offer information and ideas to both individuals and those working with older people. We deliver projects and campaigns with a range of other organisations. Together, we aim to end loneliness in older age.

British Red Cross – Connecting Communities

Feeling lonely? Contact us on 0300 456 1155 (Mon to Fri, 9.30-5)

Loneliness and isolation

Our brand-new connecting communities service offers up to three months of support to suit you.

We help people feel better connected and enjoy the benefits of being more involved in their local community. You’ll be paired up with one of our local team members. Together you will rediscover your interests, rebuild your independence and find new friends. Our services are delivered by our skilled and dedicated volunteers and staff. They can draw on decades of experience in helping people to live independently and confidently in their communities. Our support is also tailored. Everything we offer allows people to realise the things they want to achieve.

Male fertility helplines

NHS Choices - IVF

Information on IVF from NHS Choices including why, when and how it should be performed and with links to other useful resources.

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA)

Egg donation and egg sharing

The UK's independent regulator overseeing safe and appropriate practice in fertility treatment and embryo research

National Gamete Donation Trust

Helpline: 07940 191 406

Practical information for those wishing to donate eggs and sperm, and those requiring treatment with donor gametes

The Donor Conception Network

Tel: 07434 626 411

Telling your child

We are a supportive network of 1,700 mainly UK based families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those considering or undergoing donor conception procedures; and donor conceived people. If you or members of your family are affected by any of these issues, you have come to the right place! We welcome to this site couples and individuals – heterosexual, lesbian, gay, single, married, divorced or cohabiting - who are facing issues about donor conception at any stage, and would like to hear the experiences of those of us who have been there before. We also welcome professionals working in this area and donor conceived adults.

The Donor Conceived Register

Helpline: 0845 643 6353

This contact register, formerly known as UK DonorLink (UKDL), has been set up to enable people conceived through donated sperm or eggs, their donors and half-siblings to exchange information and, where desired, to contact each other. The register is available throughout the UK and is intended for anyone who donated in a UK clinic or was conceived following treatment in a UK clinic before August 1991. The register has been running since 2004 leading to several links between donors and their donor offspring and donor offspring sharing the same donor. Contact has taken place in various ways, dependent on the wishes of the parties involved. Information can be shared via an independent third party, emails can be exchanged or people can meet up.

Fertility Network UK

Helpline: 01424 732 361

Fertility Network UK provides free and impartial support, advice, information and understanding for anyone affected by fertility issues. We are the nation’s leading patient-focused fertility charity and are here on a practical and emotional level whatever your experience of fertility issues to offer support services, information and access to a community of people affected by fertility problems.

Fertility Friends

We are the Leading infertility community in the UK, with members at every stage of their journey.

Infertility, Adoption, Parenting after infertility and Moving on - Our community is there to help you every single step of the way.

Surrogacy UK

UK voluntary organisation that provides help and advice to surrogates, intended parents and anyone with an interest in surrogacy.

Helplines and information about gynaecological cancers


There are five gynaecological cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vaginal and vulval.

In the UK alone each year, there are over 21,000 women who are told they have a form of gynae cancer - that's 58 women diagnosed daily. Sadly, 21 women will lose their life to a form of gynae cancer every day.

Regular awareness and checks will enable you to notice any gynaecological changes in your body.

Symptoms to look out for: raised and thickened patches of skin on the vulva, that can be red, white or dark, a mole that changes shape or colour, a lump or wart like growth.

The Eve Appeal

If you would like to speak to a nurse-specialist about any gynae health issue, you can contact The Eve Appeal’s nurse-led information service Ask Eve on 0808 802 0019 – which is free to call from landline sand mobile phones.
Or get in touch via email
Alternatively, for more information please visit

The Lady Garden Campaign

A campaign by a group of British women on a mission to change the future of female cancers. Celebrity supporters include Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Naomi Campbell, Poppy Delevingne and Charlotte Tilbury.

Baby loss and miscarriage helplines and advice

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on baby loss

The Lullaby Trust (formerly FSID the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death)

Bereavement Helpline: 0808 802 6868

The UK's leading baby charity working to prevent sudden deaths and promote health. Lullaby funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice, including helpline for bereaved parents and their families, friends, neighbours and anyone else who has experienced the sudden death of a baby.

The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

Helpline: 0808 164 3332

SANDS provide support for bereaved parents and their families when their baby dies, before, during or soon after birth as well as information and support for healthcare professionals.

The Miscarriage Association

Helpline: 01924 200 799

We know that miscarriage can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. If you have been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, whether recently or long ago, we hope that you will find here support, information and comfort.


Helpline: 0800 0147 800

When a baby dies

Funds medical research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth and provides information on having a healthy baby. Raises awareness of the facts and provides free, accurate and up-to-date information for medical professionals and parents-to-be. This includes a dedicated telephone midwife service, a comprehensive website and free books and leaflets dedicated to promoting health in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy

Child abuse and survivor support helplines

If you've witnessed an assault or think a child is in immediate danger contact the police on 999 or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 without delay.

If you're worried about a child but unsure, contact the NSPCC helpline for advice. You can discuss your concerns with our trained counsellors who will assess the information you give them and can take action on your behalf, if necessary. Alternatively, you can contact your local police or children's services.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide helplines


See our helplines page for more information on euthanasia and assisted suicide

Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

NHS Choices - Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide
Euthanasia and assisted suicide
Information from NHS Choices on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

The National Council for Palliative Care
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We believe that everyone approaching the end of life has the right to the highest quality care and support, wherever they live, and whatever their condition. We work with government, health and social care staff and people with personal experience to improve end of life care for all.

Dying Matters
Helpline: 08000 21 44 66
Many of us have specific wishes about how we’d like to die, or how long we want doctors to keep us alive, or what we’d like to happen after our death. There are a range of organisations that can help you plan the support and care you need towards the end of life, advise on writing wills and living wills, and provide advice on the emotional issues surrounding dying. Our members include organisations from across the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors (including hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement); social care and housing sectors; a wide range of faith organisations; community organisations; schools and colleges; academic bodies; trade unions; the legal profession and the funeral sector.

Care Not Killing
Care Not Killing is a UK-based alliance of individuals and organisations which brings together human rights groups, healthcare groups, palliative care groups and faith-based organisations with the aims of promoting more and better palliative care. Ensuring that existing laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide are not weakened or repealed during the lifetime of the current Parliament. Influencing the balance of public opinion further against any weakening of the law .

Dignity in Dying
Dignity in Dying is the leading campaigning organisation promoting patient choice at the end of life.

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