Help and Support Links

Whether you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.

If you cannot find the information you need, please follow this link www.helplines.org/helplines/

Mental Health Helplines

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

CALM is leading a movement against suicide. They run a free confidential helpline and webchat.
Phone: 0800 585858 (5pm to midnight 365 days per year)
Webchat: https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/ (5pm to midnight 365 days per year)
Website: https://www.thecalmzone.net/

COMBAT STRESS

Supports veterans.
Phone: 0800 138 1619 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.combatstress.org.uk

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT

Grief is a natural process but it can be devastating. This organisation is there to help and support after the death of someone close.
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Mon & Fri 9.30am to 5pm, Tues, Wed, Thurs 9.30am to 8pm)
Website: www.cruse.org.uk

GRIEF ENCOUNTER

Supports bereaved children and their families.
Phone: 0808 802 0111 (Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm)
Website: www.griefencounter.org.uk

HOPE AGAIN

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone
Website: www.hopeagain.org.uk

LONELY NOT ALONE

In 2019, nine young people aged between 11 and 22, started to imagine a campaign about young people’s loneliness. You might be lonely but you are not alone, there are thousands of youngsters feeling this way who are there to help each other.
Website: https://lonelynotalone.org/real-stories/

THE LOSS FOUNDATION

Providing free bereavement support for loss to Cancer or Covid-19.
Phone: 0300 200 4112
Website: www.thelossfoundation.org

MIND – Coronavirus and your mental health

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting everyone. Here you will find information and tips to help you cope during this time. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)
Website: www.mind.org.uk

OCD ACTION

OCD can be very isolating, it can make a person feel trapped and cut off from the rest of the world. Find what support is available. Building up a support network can make a massive difference and help you to feel that you are not facing OCD on your own.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 or 020 7253 2664 (Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 8pm depending upon volunteer availability)
Website: https://www.ocdaction.org.uk/

OCD YOUTH

OCD Youth aims to increase awareness and access to support for anyone under 25 affected by OCD and is run by young people for young people.
E-Helpline youthhelpline@ocdaction.org.uk
Website: https://ocdyouth.org/

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society
Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)
Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

THE PRINCE’S TRUST

The Prince’s Trust supports young people from the ages of 11 to 30 years old. Many support networks are listed to provide help and support for young people’s good mental health.
Website: https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/who-else/housing-health-wellbeing/wellbeing/mental-health

SAMARITANS

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SELFHARM UK

SelfharmUK is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk. Sign up to ALUMINA for free online help and support for 14-19 year olds here: https://www.selfharm.co.uk/alumina/signup
Website: https://www.selfharm.co.uk

SHOUT

By texting ‘SHOUT’ to ‘85258’ a Texter will be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer who will chat to them using trained techniques via text.

SILVERLINE

Information friendship and advice for older people.
Phone: 0800 470 8090 (free 24-hour helpline)
Website: www.silverline.org.uk

SSAFA

SSAFA works to ensure the needs of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families are met in an appropriate and timely way. They help to relieve need, suffering and distress in order to support their independence and dignity.
Phone: 0800 731 4880 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Website: www.ssafa.org.uk

STUDENT MINDS

Student Minds empowers students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.
Website: https://www.studentminds.org.uk/findsupport.html

STUDENTS AGAINST DEPRESSION

A website by students for students offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
Website: https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/i-need-help-now/
Website: https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/making-changes/

Abuse (Child, Sexual, Domestic Violence)

NDAS (Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service)

Phone: 0300 0120154 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.ndas.co

NSPCC / CHILDLINE

Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0808 800 5000 for NSPCC for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.nspcc.org.uk
Website: www.childline.org.uk

DOMESTIC ABUSE (National Domestic Abuse Helpline)

Phone: 0800 200 0247 (daily, 24 hours)

REFUGE [The national domestic abuse helpline]

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 200 0247 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.refuge.org.uk

RESPECT [Male victims of domestic abuse helpline]

Phone: 0808 801 0327 (Monday and Wednesday 9am to 8pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Website: www.mensadviceonline.org.uk

GALOP [LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse helpline]

Phone: 0800 999 5428 (Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am to 8pm)
Website: www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse/

Addiction (Alcohol, Gambling, Drugs)

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

NACOA (The National Association of Children of Alcoholics)

Phone: 0800 358 3456
Website: www.nocoa.org.uk

NATIONAL GAMBLING HELPLINE

Phone: 0808 802 0133 (daily, 8am to midnight)
Website: www.begambleaware.org

FRANK (National Drugs Helpline)

Phone: 0300 123 6600 (daily, 24 hours)

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)
Website: www.ukna.org

Crime victims

RAPE CRISIS

To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm)
Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

VICTIM SUPPORT

Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.victimsupport.org

CIS’TERS (Surviving Rape and Sexual Abuse, from a family member)

Phone: 023 8033 8080 (24-hour helpline ansaphone)
Website: www.cisters.org.uk

MISSING PEOPLE – SAY SOMETHING (Child Sexual Exploitation)

Phone or test: 116 000 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.missingpeople.org.uk

Eating Disorders

BEAT

Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0811 (students) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
(Monday to Friday, 12pm to 8pm, weekends and bank holidays, 4pm to 8pm)
Website: www.b-eat.co.uk

Learning and Physical Disabilities

MENCAP

For people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Website: www.mencap.org.uk

CONTACT

For families with disabled children.
Phone: 0808 808 3555 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)
Website: www.contact.org.uk

Parenting

FAMILY LIVES

Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying.
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm)
Website: www.familylives.org.uk