If you find yourself in urgent need to talk to someone or want to find out more information - there are countless specialist organisations which can help you with your mental health and wellbeing. They can support, inform, create communities and help you get well. I hope you find this small selection helpful.
General mental health support and information
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Anxiety and depression
A national charity formed for those affected by anxiety disorders. Today they are still a user-led organisation, run by people with experience of living with anxiety or anxiety-based depression, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.
Infoline: 08444 775 774
Text: 07537 416 905
For almost 40 years, Depression Alliance has been bringing people together to end the loneliness and isolation that can come with depression. Including Friends in Need (the online community and its wellbeing network) and 60 self-help groups.
The UK’s eating disorder charity, supporting people with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating disorder, Emotional Overeating, Disordered eating / eating problems.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Youthline: 0808 801 0711
Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC)
ABC provides on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends.
Helpline: 03000 11 12 13
Self-harm and suicidal feelings
User led organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm, their friends and families and professionals.
Helpline and online support for people aged 16–25, for self-harm and other mental health concerns.
Helpline: 0808 808 4994
Addictions, drugs and alcohol abuse
Addaction support adults, children, young adults and older people to make positive behavioural changes. Whether that's with alcohol, drugs, or mental health and wellbeing.
Gender, sexuality, diversity and LGBTQ
A leading equality and diversity charity, providing health, community and youth services. They work with anyone experiencing issues related to gender, sexuality, diversity or identity.
The UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients. For people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being gender or sexual diversities.
Pre and postnatal depression
Support every individual with pre (antenatal), postnatal depression or postnatal psychosis. They campaign to raise awareness and remove the stigma. They provide help line, support groups and offer online advice to all.
Helpline: 0843 28 98 401
Working together until women and children are safe. A grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247
For the young
The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Parents helpline: 0808 802 5544
A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.
Helpline: 0800 1111
The UK’s leading support service for young people. Help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us 24 hours a day via online, social or our free helpline.
Helpline: 0808 808 4994
If you claim benefits or on low income, you can apply to a low-cost counselling service, there are many dotted around London.
TIP: Many counselling and psychotherapy training organisations offer low-cost services with their trainee therapists.
92-94 Tooley Street
London SE1 2TH
Mind’s services include talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. Check for your local Mind centre.
2 Shelburne Road
London N7 6DL
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy lists their accredited courses providers, majority of them would offer low-cost counselling with their trainee therapists.