Help and support for mental health

Help and support for mental health

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Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Childline – If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small. 0800 1111 (free 24hr)

The Mix (Especially for people 25 and under) offers help and support through a free and confidential multi-channel service.
If someone feels like they can’t cope they can contact The Mix’s crisis messenger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Text THEMIX to 85258 Tel: 0808 808 4994.

Samaritans – for mental health support or suicidal thoughts – You can call on the telephone help line free on 116 123 or email

Young Minds Text Line – Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis. Text YM to 85258.

Papyrus UK is a charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35) in the UK. Their suicide prevention helpline, HOPELINEUK, is staffed by trained suicide prevention advisers, who work with young people – and anybody concerned for a young person – to help keep them safe from suicide. It is a free and confidential call, text and email service, which is available from 9am to midnight, every day of the year.

Other information and advice

Get Connected:

Student Minds empowers students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Kooth offer Online support Monday-Friday 12-10pm and Sat/Sun 6pm -10pm

Tellmi is a safe, anonymous app where you can talk about absolutely anything. From anxiety to autism, dating to depression, or self-harm to self-esteem, sharing your experiences with our awesome community helps you to feel better. Our moderators check everything to keep you safe and our in-house counsellors are always on hand if you need extra support.


Web of Loneliness – Online community and website which provides information and tips on loneliness. Also allows users to share artwork and poetry.

Next Door:

Do-it  Lists UK volunteering opportunities.

Meet up Website that allows you to find face-to-face groups of people who share your interests or aspirations.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) – Information about volunteering, including details of local centres.

Social Farms and Gardens – Information on care farming and community growing projects, including a network of local farms.


Rethink – Advice and information about depression.

Eating disorders

National Centre for Eating Disorders for more information about eating disorders, body image and access to counselling.

Overeaters Anonymous GB:

Eating Disorders Support:

Beating Eating Disorders – Helplines are open 365 days a year from 9am–midnight during the week, and 4pm–midnight on weekends and bank holidays. You can also talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline (under 18) on 0808 801 0711.

Anorexia & Bulimia Care
National charity offering helplines, 1:2:1 befriending support, and nutrition guidance


The Royal College of Psychiatrists produce leaflets, including:
Anorexia and bulimia
Worries about weight and eating problems: information for young people
EDs in young people – info for families and teachers

Self-harm support

Self Harm UK  – Alumina Project supporting 14-19 year-olds.

Harmless: Email:

National Self Harm Network Forum:

Self injury Support:

Helpline: 0808 800 8088 (Tue & Wed 7-10pm, Thur 3-6pm & 7-10pm) Text: 0780 047 2908 (Sun – Fri 7-9pm)

For further help and support, please contact