Resources

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

Samaritans
Talk to Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
Call 116 123 - free any time, from any phone.

Mind
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
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ext: 86463

Elefriends
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.


Anxiety and depression

Anxiety UK
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

Depression Alliance
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.

Big White Wall
A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.


Eating disorders

Beat
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

Men Get Eating Disorders Too
A charitable organisation that seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders in men and to support sufferers, carers and their families.


Self-harm and suicidal feelings

Harmless
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.

The Mix
Helpline and online support for people aged 16–25, for self-harm and other mental health concerns.
Helpline: 0808 808 4994

Samaritans
Talk to Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
Call 116 123 - free any time, from any phone.


Addictions, drugs and alcohol abuse

Addaction
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.

Alcoholics Anonymous
National network of local Alcoholics Anonymous groups
Helpline: 0800 9177 650

Club Drug Clinic
For anyone concerned about their use of recreational drugs.
Advice line: 020 3315 6111


Gender, sexuality, diversity and LGBTQ

Metro
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.

Pink Therapy
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.

London Friend
Support for LGBTQ+ people including social and support groups, support around drugs and alcohol use, and sexual health advice and support.


For women

PANDAS Foundation
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

Women’s Aid
Domestic violence

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

Rape Crisis
Rape Crisis England & Wales is a national charity and the umbrella body for our network of independent member Rape Crisis Centres.


For the young

Young Minds
The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Parents helpline: 0808 802 5544

Childline
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 Mix
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


Low-cost counselling

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.

Psychosynthesis Trust
92-94 Tooley Street
London Bridge
London SE1 2TH


Mind
Mind’s services include talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. Check for your local Mind centre.

Spiral Centre
2 Shelburne Road
Islington
London N7 6DL


BACP
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy lists their accredited courses providers, majority of them would offer low-cost counselling with their trainee therapists.

The Centre for Better Health
1A Darnley Road
Hackney
London E9 6QH


The Free Psychotherapy Network
A group of psychotherapists offering free and low-fee psychotherapy to people on low incomes.