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Britain Get Talking Programmes

On World Mental Health Day, 10th October, we had an hour of special Britain Get Talking programmes. If you or someone you know has been affected by issues covered in our programmes please see below for relevant information, advice and support.

Martin Lewis Money Show - Britain Get Talking Special

Money expert Martin Lewis presents a special edition of his show for World Mental Health Day, to tackle the "toxic combination" of money and mental health, with practical advice for those struggling with finances.

Where to go for further support

As things are becoming increasingly difficult, it’s more important than ever to look after your mental health. We wanted to share some trusted places where you can speak to someone if you are struggling:

Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. You can call their 24 hour helpline on 116 123.

Every Mind Matters is run by NHS England and provides tools and resources to help improve people's mental health and well being.

Free, expert debt help and advice online or call on 0800 138 111

(in England, Scotland or Wales) - Shelter is a charity that provides housing advice for those who are homeless, losing their home or dealing with abuse at home. Their hotline runs Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, call 0808 800 444

If you are struggling with the rising costs of energy, the charity National Energy Action offers a range of advice and support.

You can report fraud or cyber crime to Action Fraud any time of the day or night by going to their website. You can also report and get advice about fraud or cyber crime by calling 0300 123 2040.

Susanna Reid: Can Britain Get Talking? A Tonight Special

With mental health reported to have declined in almost 40% of England's school children Susanna Reid investigates a health system struggling to cope and asks the question: what can be done to help our kids? In this Tonight special, people at the heart of the crisis tell their stories, as Susanna finds out how long it can take for children to get much needed talking therapy and how some schools and charities are stepping in to help.

Getting further support for your child

If you’re worried about anything that your child has said, seek out further support from an expert. Below is a list of the key charities and helplines available to help with your child’s mental health.

YoungMinds is a mental health charity for children, young people and their parents making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need. You can call their Parents Helpline on 0808 802 5544, Monday-Friday 9:30am - 4:00pm.


Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. You can call their Infoline on 0300 123 3393, Monday-Friday 9:00-6:00pm.

The Scottish Action for Mental Health charity operates over 70 services in communities across Scotland, providing mental health social care support, addictions and employment services, among others. You can call their Information Service on 0344 800 0550, Monday-Friday 9:00-6:00pm.

Mental Health Matters Wales promotes mental and emotional health and wellbeing of the public through championing information, advocacy, training and support for all of Wales. They also aim to deliver culturally capable mental health services for Black and Ethnic Minorities.

Anna Freud is a mental health charity for children and families. You can contact them via The AFC Crisis Messenger, which provides 24/7 crisis support for young people in the UK by texting AFC to 85258.

AWARE is a Derry-born charity with a network of support groups across Northern Ireland, run by trained volunteers supporting people with depression, bipolar disorder and carers of people with those illnesses. You can contact them through their Support Mail service by emailing

Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. You can call their 24 hour helpline on 116 123.

Shout is a 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. Text 85258.

Childline is a counselling service provided by the NSPCC for children and young people. You can call their 24 hour helpline on 0800 1111.

The Mix is a charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile services. You can call their helpline on 0808 808 4994.

ITV Britain Get Talking, supported by YoungMinds and Mind

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