UK Emergency Hotline Numbers and links:
Breathing Space Scotland
Free, confidential phone line you can call when you're feeling down.
Helpline: 0800 838 587
CALL Helpline Wales
Confidential listening and support service for people in Wales.
Tel: 0800 132 737
Information and help for the UK's six million carers.
Tel: 020 7490 8818
Carers line: 0808 808 7777
Carers Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 9043 9843
Tel: 0141 221 9141
Tel: 029 2081 1370
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
Database of UK counsellors, with information on training, experience and fees.
An online resource for anybody working with children and young people, providing practical information and techniques on developing positive mental wellbeing.
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
Mental Health Care
Comprehensive information about mental illnesses.
Mental Health Foundation
Uses research and practical projects to help people survive, recover from and avert mental health problems.
Tel: 020 7803 1101
Mental Health Foundation Scotland
Tel: 0141 572 0125
Offers many services including helplines, drop-in centres, supported housing, counselling, befriending, advocacy, employment and training schemes.
Information line: 0845 766 0163
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health
Offers acessible information on NICE mental health guidelines.
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
Mental health and psychology directory.
Helpline: 0845 122 8622
Support and advice for everyone affected by severe mental illness.
General enquiries: 0845 456 0455
National advice service: 020 7840 3188
Provides 24-hour, confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing.
UK helpline: 0845 790 9090
ROI helpline: 1850 609 090
Offers information, crisis care and emotional support.
Helpline: 0845 767 8000
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
Time to Change
England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.
1 in 4 Forum
UK's largest mental health online forum.
Information and support for people with the condition, their families and carers.
General enquiries: 020 7423 3500
Helpline: 0845 300 0336
Services for people with the condition, their carers and families.
Tel: 0131 243 1453
Helpline: 0808 808 3000
Help for people with panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders and general anxiety disorders.
Helpline: 0808 808 0545
AnxietyUK (formerly the National Phobics Society)
A user-led organisation dealing with anxiety disorders.
Tel: 08444 775 774
First Steps to Freedom
Offers help and advice on phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety and panic attacks.
Helpline: 0845 120 2916
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
Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK)
Structured self-help groups to help with phobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Tel: 0845 600 9601
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
Young persons' helpline: 0808 808 1677
Bipolar Fellowship Scotland
Provides information and self-help groups for people in contact with bipolar disorder.
Tel: 0141 560 2050
MDF - The BiPolar Organisation
User-led organisation for people whose lives are affected by bipolar disorder.
Tel: 0845 634 0540
Tel: 020 7793 2600
Focuses on borderline personality disorder.
Helpline: 0870 005 3273
Aware Defeat Depression
Information, advice and support groups for those affected by depression throughout Northern Ireland.
Tel: 028 9032 1734
Helpline: 0845 120 2961
UK's leading depression charity, with a network of self-help groups.
Tel: 0845 123 2320
Supporting people to find their own route to recovery from depression.
Tel: 029 2069 2891
Depression Alliance Scotland
A charity based in Scotland working for people with Depression living in Scotland.
Tel: 0845 123 2320
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.
A self-help group running a network of meetings across England, Scotland and Wales.
Helpline: 0845 373 3366
Narcotics Anonymous Northern Ireland
Helpline: 07810 172991
Helplines, information and network of self-help groups for those with eating disorders.
Adult helpline: 0845 634 1414
Youth helpline: 0845 634 7650
For people with obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder, compulsive skin picking and trichotillomania.
Helpline 0845 390 6232
Run by people with obsessive-compulsive disorder for people with OCD.
Association for Post Natal Illness
Advice and support for mothers experiencing postnatal illness.
Tel: 020 7386 0868
Welsh charity for those with severe mental illnesses.
Tel: 01792 816600
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
Helping those affected by schizophrenia and other forms of serious and enduring forms of mental illness.
Tel: 01925 571680
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
User-led self-injury awareness organisation.
National Self-Harm Network
Supports people who self-harm, providing information, contacts and workshops.
Women's Therapy Centre
Provides psychotherapy for women with mental health problems.
General enquiries: 020 7263 7860
Psychotherapy enquiries: 020 7263 6200
Information and advice relating to older people.
UK-wide information line: 0800 009966
Age Concern Cymru
Tel: 029 2043 1555
Age Concern England
Helpline: 0800 009966
Age Concern Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 9024 5729
Age Concern Scotland
Scottish Helpline for Older People: 0845 125 9732
Aquila Care Trust
Support for men and women after a broken relationship or divorce. Offers courses at venues across the UK.
Childhood Bereavement Network
Information, guidance and support for bereaved children and young people.
Tel: 020 7843 6309
Free national helpline for children and young people in danger and distress.
Helpline: 0800 1111
Textphone: 0800 400222
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
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
Young persons' helpline: 0808 808 1677
A network of nearly 16,000 trained parent volunteers who can help families with young children.
Freephone: 0800 068 63 68
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
Confidential national helpline for anyone in a parenting role.
Tel: 0808 800 2222
Textphone: 0800 783 6783
Counselling and psychosexual therapy for adults experiencing relationship difficulties. See your phone book for your nearest Relate centre.
Appointments booking line: 0300 100 1234
Christian organisation promoting religious retreats.
Tel: 020 7357 7736
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.
Understanding Childhood leaflets available from: www.understandingchildhood.net
Offers confidential emotional support for children, young adults and adults.
Helpline: 020 8554 9004
Works to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.
General enquiries: 020 7336 8445
Parents Helpline: 0800 018 2138
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.
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
Provides accessible, culturally sensitive counselling to ethnic immigrant groups in the UK, particularly those of Irish origin.
Tel: 020 7272 7906
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
Jewish Mental Health
Helps people in the Jewish community with mental health problems, their carers, and mental health professionals.
National Black & Minority Ethnic Mental Health Network
To reduce inequality and promote good practice in mental health for racialised groups.
Tel: 020 7582 0400
Can provide information on mental health services to refugees and their advisers.
General enquiries: 020 7346 6700
Institute of Family Therapy
Provides a range of services for families, couples and other relationship groups.
Tel: 020 7391 9150
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Use their website to find accredited cognitive behavioural practitioners.
Tel: 0161 797 4484
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Lists of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists available.
General Enquiries: 01455 883300
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
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
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
British Psychoanalytic Council
An advisory board made up of representatives from the mental health professions.
Tel: 020 7267 3626
British Psychological Society
The representative body for psychologists and psychology in the UK.
Tel: 0116 254 9568
Institute of Psychiatry
Tel: 020 7836 5454
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
Nothern Ireland division: 028 9027 8793
Scottish division: 0131 220 2910
Welsh division: 029 2048 9006
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
UK Council for Psychotherapy
Publishes the National Register of Psychotherapists, which lists more than 5,000 therapists.
Tel: 020 7014 9955