Helplines

Mental health helplines for children and adults

Young Minds
youngminds.org.uk
The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
0808 802 5544

Place2Be
https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/about-place2be/

Papyrus (Prevention of young suicide)
https://papyrus-uk.org/

HopelineUK - part of Papyrus
https://papyrus-uk.org/hopelineuk/
Contact HopelineUK if you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HopelineUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786209697 or
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm weekdays 2pm – 10pm weekends 2pm – 10pm bank holidays. Our Suicide Prevention Advisers are ready to support you.

RETHINK
Tel: 0300 5000 927
rethink.org
Working together to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

Time to Change
time-to-change.org.uk
Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Our vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination and to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health.

Bi-Polar UK
Tel: 020 7931 6480
bipolaruk.org.uk
BiPolar UK is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives.

Mind
MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393
mind.org.uk
Depression and anxiety leaflet
Elefriends online support community

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.

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

lullabytrust.org.uk

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

uk-sands.org

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

miscarriageassociation.org.uk

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.

Tommy’s

Helpline: 0800 0147 800

tommys.org

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

Miscarriage and baby loss helplines

Baby loss helplines

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

Sands (Stillbirth & neonatal death charity)

Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. We operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

sands.org.uk

Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is here to provide support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.

miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Tommy’s

We are the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We also provide information for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

tommys.org

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

sayinggoodbye.org

Loneliness helplines

If you'd like advice and support for overcoming loneliness, here are some helplines...

Mind

MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393

mind.org.uk

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

campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk

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 0344 871 11 11 (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.

Nextdoor

nextdoor.co.uk

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbours and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbours to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it's free. Nextdoor’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbours work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world.

Meet Up

meetup.com

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Where lonely people make friends. Be lonely no more.

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.

Anti-bullying helplines and information

Bullying is described by the Anti-Bullying Alliance as “the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.”

Bullying includes a whole range of behaviours from name-calling and spreading rumours through to spitting, cutting or sticking chewing gum in someone’s hair, groping and unwanted touch, hitting, kicking and pushing, manipulation and bribery. Bullying behaviour can be criminal behaviour if a child is harmed or threatened with harm and is always a child protection issue.Here is a list of organisations that can provide help, further advice and support:

Information for young people

Anti-Bullying Alliance visit anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk. You can also follow them on Twitter at @ABAonline or like them on Facebook.

antibullyingpro.com
The Diana Award, Anti-Bullying Campaign gives young people, teachers and parents the skills and confidence to tackle all forms of bullying

bulliesout.com

childline.org.uk

cybersmile.org

ditchthelabel.org - advice, research and content tailored to young people aged 13-25 aimed to reduce the prominence and harmful effect of bullying

kidscape.org.uk - website with information and resources relating to bullying and other child protection issues

Anxiety and panic helplines

Use our helplines to find out more information and advice on anxiety and panic attacks.

According to Mental Health Foundation, 13.2% of people have experienced a panic attack in their lives. A panic attack is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that can see symptoms such as palpitations, pounding heart, sweating and shortness of breath.

If someone has a panic attack you can help them:
Stay calm and comfort them until the feelings pass.
Reassure them that they are not in danger and you won't leave them until they feel better.
Encourage them to breathe slowly and deeply.
Use positive language and don't be dismissive of how they feel.
Try to get the to focus on something they can see, feel and smell.
Ask them what they need afterwards - water or something to eat. They might need to go home and rest to make sure they are well enough to do so.