Mental health & wellbeing matters: resources for those going through difficult times

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Just a few organisations and places that offer support – and please add any more you think we should have on the list.

One of the things we try to do with our weekly Mental Health and Wellbeing Matters section is discuss a whole range of things that may be making life just a little trickier. We never promise miracle cures, nor would we. But hopefully, over the course of the time we’ve been going, there’s been something of use to you. If not, please let us know.

A further thing we also try to do is maintain a list of useful resources, that we sometimes list on articles. Every now and then, we bring that list back to the top. As such, here it is, as we try and build something that could be a growing resource for the site.

Here, then, is a bunch of organisations that may be of help in difficult times. One request: please, if you know of others, drop them in the comments, and then we’ll try and refresh the list from time to time.

You all stay safe and take care. And if you need a little chat, just pop a comment below. Remember that as remote as a computer screen may feel, there’s a human being behind the comments at the bottom of our articles…

Support is available from the following organisations:

In an emergency, life threatening situation only, call 999 immediately. 24hrs a day every day.…/urgent-and…/when-to-call-999/

For urgent but none emergency medical attention call 111 (or 0845 46 47 in certain areas of Wales.) 24hrs a day every day.…/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/

For your local crisis team contact 111 at any time of day and ask for their details. Crisis teams are available to offer support in times of a mental health crisis. This number works in England, Wales (also call 0845 46 47) and Scotland.…/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/

S.O.S – Silence Of Suicide

Phone lines are open 9am until midnight 7 days a week (including every day over Christmas and New Year) Volunteers are waiting to listen to your worries so please don’t suffer in silence. If you are over 18 then call;

0300 1020 505

[email protected]


Young suicide prevention society for under 35’s

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 – (Mon to Fri, 10am to 5pm & 7 to 10pm. Weekends and bank holidays, 2pm to 5pm)


Child Line for any issues at all for under 16s

0800 1111


Phone UK and ROI 24hrs a day, 365 days a year

116 123

Text 07725 909090

Email [email protected]

Welsh language line 7pm to 11pm 7 days a week


No Panic

10am to 10pm then pre recorded crisis help after this time

0844 9674848 5p per min

Youth 13 – 20

0300 7729844

British Red Cross

0344 871 1111 Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm

Borrow a wheelchair / disability aid line

0300 456 1914 Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm

Mind Mental Health charity info line

0300 123 3393 Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm (closed 25th 26th Dec and 1st Jan and all bank holidays)

Text 86463

Re-Think Mental Health

0300 5000 927 10am to 2pm Mon – Fri

Email [email protected]

The Mix 13 to 25 year olds

0808 808 4994

Their crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you’re aged 25 or under, and are experiencing any painful emotion or are in crisis, you can text MIX to 85258.

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm)



CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)


Men’s Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.



Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)


Beat – for people battling eating disorders.

Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) 12pm – 8pm Mon to Fri and Weekends 4pm – 8pm or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)


Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)



Advice on dealing with domestic violence.

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)



Helping men escape domestic abuse.

Phone: 01823 334244


For people affected by or at risk of sexual abuse or rape.

Phone: 01926 402 498

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline

Advice and understanding for LGBTQ+

Phone: 0300 330 0630

Email: [email protected]

Financial difficulties and debt:

The websites below offer information on where to get benefits advice and financial support.

Take care, all.

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