Mental Health, for many, is always a difficult subject to talk about and many struggle to come to terms with and/or open about their struggles including day to day issues. it can be a dark place at times, but there is help out there!

Ideally going to your GP would be a first point of call, or if in a emergency call 999.

I thought I’d list a few helpful services, who are just on the other end of the phone, or if you don’t want to speak direct, there’s some services which you can ‘speak’ via text, if you feel it’s easier.

Friends are always a good point of call also


Breathing Space: (Scotland): Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can overwhelm us. It helps to get some Breathing Space. Pick up the phone – we’re here to listen.

Weekdays:Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am
Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am –

Need help now? Call free on 0800 83 85 87


CALM: The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. You can talk to CALM about anything.  Call the CALM helpline on 0800 58 58 58 or use their webchat here.

The helpline and webchat are both open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.


Childline: You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call us on 0800 1111 or chat to us online. (for anyone up to the age of 19)

When you call us on 0800 1111 you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about. Or you can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online.

You can also send us an email from your locker. We’ll try to answer this within a day, but sometimes it can take a little longer. Childline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So you can talk to us any time. But we might not be able to talk for as long when it’s after midnight.


Giveusashout: Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text us from wherever you are in the UK. If you are struggling to cope and need to talk, our trained Shout Volunteers are here for you, day or night. If your life is at imminent risk, please call 999 for immediate help.


Hub Of Hope: Find Mental Health Support in, and around, your area. The Hub of Hope website has a postcode search that you can use to find local services


Mind: Mind offer an information line to answer questions about types of mental health problem, where to get help drug and alternative treatments, advocacy. Infoline: 0300 123 3393


The Samaritans: Call us any time, day or night – Whatever you’re going through, you can call us any time, from any phone for FREE. Call 116 123


NHS: Find out how to access NHS mental health services and where to get urgent help.


Another helpful source is Citizens Advice which can give advice on Debt, Benefits, Housing, Family & more.

Also in Wales, there’s Melo.
Melo contains information, advice and self-help resources to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Finally, many local councils / authorities have various free support hubs/contacts. If you’re unsure of your local, you can find them here – England, ScotlandNorthern Ireland and Wales

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