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UK Emergency Hotline Numbers and links:


General Organizations

Breathing Space Scotland

Free, confidential phone line you can call when you're feeling down.

Helpline: 0800 838 587

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Website: www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk

CALL Helpline Wales

Confidential listening and support service for people in Wales.

Tel: 0800 132 737

Website: www.callhelpline.org.uk

Carers UK

Information and help for the UK's six million carers.

Tel: 020 7490 8818

Carers line: 0808 808 7777

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Website: www.carersuk.org

Carers Northern Ireland

Tel: 028 9043 9843

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Website: www.carersni.org

Carers Scotland

Tel: 0141 221 9141

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Website: www.carerscotland.org

Carers Wales

Tel: 029 2081 1370

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Website: www.carerswales.org

CAUSE (Carers and Users Support Enterprise)

Northern Ireland charity providing practical and emotional support to relatives and carers of people with mental illness.

Tel: 028 9023 8284

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Website: www.cause.org.uk

Counselling Directory

Database of UK counsellors, with information on training, experience and fees.

Website: www.counselling-directory.org.uk

HandsOnScotland

An online resource for anybody working with children and young people, providing practical information and techniques on developing positive mental wellbeing.

Website: www.handsonscotland.co.uk

Maytree

A sanctuary for the suicidal: a place where, during a brief stay, a person will find the support that can alleviate despair and isolation.

Tel: 020 7263 7070

Website: www.maytree.org.uk

Mental Health Care

Comprehensive information about mental illnesses.

Website: www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Uses research and practical projects to help people survive, recover from and avert mental health problems.

Tel: 020 7803 1101

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Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation Scotland

Tel: 0141 572 0125

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Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/scotland/

Mind

Offers many services including helplines, drop-in centres, supported housing, counselling, befriending, advocacy, employment and training schemes.

Information line: 0845 766 0163

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Website: www.mind.org.uk

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health

Offers acessible information on NICE mental health guidelines.

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Website: www.nccmh.org.uk

Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health

Provides local support, including housing schemes, home support, advocacy services and information, for those with mental health needs.

Tel: 028 9032 8474

Website: www.niamh.co.uk

PsychNet-UK

Mental health and psychology directory.

Helpline: 0845 122 8622

Website: www.psychnet-uk.com

Rethink

Support and advice for everyone affected by severe mental illness.

General enquiries: 0845 456 0455

National advice service: 020 7840 3188

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Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans

Provides 24-hour, confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing.

UK helpline: 0845 790 9090

ROI helpline: 1850 609 090

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Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

Sane

Offers information, crisis care and emotional support.

Helpline: 0845 767 8000

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Website: www.sane.org.uk

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Campaigns and provides services across Scotland for people with mental health problems, homelessness, addictions and other forms of social exclusion.

Tel: 0141 568 7000

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Website: www.samh.org.uk

Time to Change

England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.

Website: www.time-to-change.org.uk

1 in 4 Forum

UK's largest mental health online forum.

Website: www.1in4-forum.org


Specific organisations

Alzheimer's Society

Information and support for people with the condition, their families and carers.

General enquiries: 020 7423 3500

Helpline: 0845 300 0336

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Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Alzheimer Scotland

Services for people with the condition, their carers and families.

Tel: 0131 243 1453

Helpline: 0808 808 3000

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Website: www.alzscot.org

No Panic

Help for people with panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders and general anxiety disorders.

Helpline: 0808 808 0545

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Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

AnxietyUK (formerly the National Phobics Society)

A user-led organisation dealing with anxiety disorders.

Tel: 08444 775 774

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Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

First Steps to Freedom

Offers help and advice on phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety and panic attacks.

Helpline: 0845 120 2916

Website: www.first-steps.org

Shaw Trust

Provides training and work opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the workplace due to disability, ill health or other social circumstances.

Helpline: 0800 085 1001

Website: www.shaw-trust.org.uk

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK)

Structured self-help groups to help with phobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Tel: 0845 600 9601

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Website: www.triumphoverphobia.com

Cruse Bereavement Care

Offers help to anyone who has been bereaved. Free counselling, advice and publications.

Tel: 020 8939 9530

Day-by-day helpline: 0844 477 9400

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Young persons' helpline: 0808 808 1677

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Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Bipolar Fellowship Scotland

Provides information and self-help groups for people in contact with bipolar disorder.

Tel: 0141 560 2050

Website: www.bipolarscotland.org.uk

MDF - The BiPolar Organisation

User-led organisation for people whose lives are affected by bipolar disorder.

Tel: 0845 634 0540

Tel: 020 7793 2600

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Website: www.mdf.org.uk

BPD World

Focuses on borderline personality disorder.

Helpline: 0870 005 3273

Website: www.bpdworld.org

Aware Defeat Depression

Information, advice and support groups for those affected by depression throughout Northern Ireland.

Tel: 028 9032 1734

Helpline: 0845 120 2961

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Website: www.aware-ni.org

Depression Alliance

UK's leading depression charity, with a network of self-help groups.

Tel: 0845 123 2320

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Website: www.depressionalliance.org

Journeys

Supporting people to find their own route to recovery from depression.

Tel: 029 2069 2891

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Website: www.journeysonline.org.uk

Depression Alliance Scotland

A charity based in Scotland working for people with Depression living in Scotland.

Tel: 0845 123 2320

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Website: www.dascot.org

Depression UK (D-UK)

A national self-help charity promoting mutual support between individuals affected by depression, through pen/phone friend schemes and newsletters with members' contributions.

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Website: www.depressionuk.org

Narcotics Anonymous

A self-help group running a network of meetings across England, Scotland and Wales.

Helpline: 0845 373 3366

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Website: www.ukna.org

Narcotics Anonymous Northern Ireland

Helpline: 07810 172991

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Website: www.nanorthernireland.com

B-eat

Helplines, information and network of self-help groups for those with eating disorders.

Adult helpline: 0845 634 1414

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Youth helpline: 0845 634 7650

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Website: www.b-eat.co.uk/Home

OCD Action

For people with obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder, compulsive skin picking and trichotillomania.

Helpline 0845 390 6232

Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD-UK

Run by people with obsessive-compulsive disorder for people with OCD.

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Website: www.ocduk.org

Association for Post Natal Illness

Advice and support for mothers experiencing postnatal illness.

Tel: 020 7386 0868

Website: www.apni.org

Hafal

Welsh charity for those with severe mental illnesses.

Tel: 01792 816600

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Website: www.hafal.org

Hearing Voices Network

A user-led group offering information, support and understanding to people who hear voices, and to those who support them.

Enquiries: 0845 122 8641

Helpline: 0845 122 8642

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Website: www.hearing-voices.org

Making Space

Helping those affected by schizophrenia and other forms of serious and enduring forms of mental illness.

Tel: 01925 571680

Website: www.makingspace.co.uk

National Schizophrenia Fellowship Scotland

Dedicated to the needs of carers of people affected by schizophrenia or other severe mental health problems.

Tel: 0131 662 4359

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Website: www.nsfscot.org.uk

Equilibrium

User-led self-injury awareness organisation.

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Website: www.selfharmony.co.uk

National Self-Harm Network

Supports people who self-harm, providing information, contacts and workshops.

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Website: www.nshn.co.uk

Women's Therapy Centre

Provides psychotherapy for women with mental health problems.

General enquiries: 020 7263 7860

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Psychotherapy enquiries: 020 7263 6200

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Website: www.womenstherapycentre.co.uk



Family organisations

Age Concern

Information and advice relating to older people.

UK-wide information line: 0800 009966

Age Concern Cymru

Tel: 029 2043 1555

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Website: www.accymru.org.uk

Age Concern England

Helpline: 0800 009966

Website: www.ace.org.uk

Age Concern Northern Ireland

Tel: 028 9024 5729

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Website: www.ageconcernni.org

Age Concern Scotland

Scottish Helpline for Older People: 0845 125 9732

Website: www.ageconcernscotland.org.uk

Aquila Care Trust

Support for men and women after a broken relationship or divorce. Offers courses at venues across the UK.

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Website: www.aquilatrust.org

Childhood Bereavement Network

Information, guidance and support for bereaved children and young people.

Tel: 020 7843 6309

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Website: www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk

ChildLine

Free national helpline for children and young people in danger and distress.

Helpline: 0800 1111

Textphone: 0800 400222

Website: www.childline.org.uk

Contact a Family

Offers support and advice to parents of children who have a mental or physical disability, and enables families to get in touch with each other.

General enquiries: 020 7608 8700

Helpline: 0808 808 3555

Textphone: 0808 808 3556

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Website: www.cafamily.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care

Offers help to anyone who is bereaved. Free counselling, advice and publications.

Tel: 020 8939 9530

Day-by-day helpline: 0870 167 1677

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Young persons' helpline: 0808 808 1677

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Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Home-Start

A network of nearly 16,000 trained parent volunteers who can help families with young children.

Freephone: 0800 068 63 68

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Website: www.home-start.org.uk

National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS)

Information and advice for parents, young people and professionals on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Tel: 020 8952 2800

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Website: www.addiss.co.uk

Parentlineplus

Confidential national helpline for anyone in a parenting role.

Tel: 0808 800 2222

Textphone: 0800 783 6783

Website: www.parentlineplus.org.uk

Relate

Counselling and psychosexual therapy for adults experiencing relationship difficulties. See your phone book for your nearest Relate centre.

Appointments booking line: 0300 100 1234

Website: www.relate.org.uk

Retreat Association

Christian organisation promoting religious retreats.

Tel: 020 7357 7736

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Web: www.retreats.org.uk

Scottish Child Psychotherapy Trust

Works to increase access to effective child and adolescent psychotherapy services.

Contact: The Administrator, 5 La Belle Place, Glasgow G3 7LH.

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Understanding Childhood leaflets available from: www.understandingchildhood.net

SupportLine

Offers confidential emotional support for children, young adults and adults.

Helpline: 020 8554 9004

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Website: www.supportline.org.uk

YoungMinds

Works to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

General enquiries: 020 7336 8445

Parents Helpline: 0800 018 2138

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk


Ethnic minority organisations

Black and Asian Therapists Online

Discusses mental health issues from a Black and Asian perspective and has a directory of Black and Asian counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK.

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Website: www.baato.co.uk

Chinese Mental Health Association

Works to preserve and safeguard the mental health of people of Chinese ethnic origin in the UK.

Tel: 020 7613 1008

Helpline: 0845 122 8660

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Website: www.cmha.org.uk

ICAP

Provides accessible, culturally sensitive counselling to ethnic immigrant groups in the UK, particularly those of Irish origin.

Tel: 020 7272 7906

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Website: www.icap.org.uk

Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill

Provides services and support to people in the Jewish community with mental illnesses, and their carers.

Tel: 020 8458 2223

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Website: www.jamiuk.org

Jewish Mental Health

Helps people in the Jewish community with mental health problems, their carers, and mental health professionals.

Website: www.jewishmentalhealth.info

National Black & Minority Ethnic Mental Health Network

To reduce inequality and promote good practice in mental health for racialised groups.

Tel: 020 7582 0400

Website: www.bmementalhealth.org.uk

Refugee Council

Can provide information on mental health services to refugees and their advisers.

General enquiries: 020 7346 6700

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Website: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk



Professional organisations

Institute of Family Therapy

Provides a range of services for families, couples and other relationship groups.

Tel: 020 7391 9150

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Website: www.instituteoffamilytherapy.org.uk

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Use their website to find accredited cognitive behavioural practitioners.

Tel: 0161 797 4484

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Website: www.babcp.com

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Lists of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists available.

General Enquiries: 01455 883300

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Website: www.bacp.co.uk

British Association of Psychotherapists

Runs a reduced-fee scheme offering psychotherapy at a considerably lower cost to patients who are able to commit themselves to sessions three times a week for a minimum of two years, and who are assessed as suitable to be treated by psychotherapists in training under supervision.

Tel: 020 8452 9823

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Website: www.bap-psychotherapy.org

Mental Health Shop

Run jointly between Rethink and Mental Health Media, offering free downloadable leaflets and publications on all aspects of mental health

Tel: 0845 456 0455

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Website: www.mentalhealthshop.org

Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

North of England NHS centre for psychoanalytic psychotherapy training for professionals working with children, young people and their families. .

Tel: 0113 305 8750

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Website: www.nscap.org.uk

British Psychoanalytic Council

An advisory board made up of representatives from the mental health professions.

Tel: 020 7267 3626

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Website: www.psychoanalytic-council.org

British Psychological Society

The representative body for psychologists and psychology in the UK.

Tel: 0116 254 9568

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Website: www.bps.org.uk

Institute of Psychiatry

Tel: 020 7836 5454

Website: www.iop.kcl.ac.uk

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Publishes factsheets, leaflets and books for the public on common mental health problems and psychiatric treatments, some of which are available in other languages such as Chinese.

National headquarters: 020 7235 2351

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Nothern Ireland division: 028 9027 8793

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Scottish division: 0131 220 2910

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Welsh division: 029 2048 9006

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Website: www.rcpsych.ac.uk

Society of Analytical Psychology

Provides reduced-fee analysis to members of the public through the work of the CG Jung Clinic. Also offers recognised training in adult and child analysis.

Tel: 020 7435 7696

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Website: www.jungian-analysis.org

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Publishes the National Register of Psychotherapists, which lists more than 5,000 therapists.

Tel: 020 7014 9955

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Website: www.psychotherapy.org.uk