Help & support

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Mental health should be something we can all talk about openly, without fear of stigma or prejudice. We support Time-to-Change‘s campaign to end mental health discrimination. In the same way that we all have physical health, we all also have mental health. From time to time, when a problem occurs, we may need to get help with our health. Mental health problems can be difficult to recognise, but if you are worried about your own mental health, or the mental health of a friend or family member, it’s important to talk to someone about it. Friends and family can be a great source of support, but if you don’t feel comfortable discussing your concerns with them right away, we recommend that you contact your GP. They will provide confidential support and help direct you to the appropriate health service.

On these pages you can find out more about what support is available. One in four people will experience a mental health problem in their life time, meaning it’s very common. Getting the right help and support as soon as possible is also important, so don’t be afraid to talk to someone about your concerns. We recommend that you contact your local GP if you are worried about your own mental health, or someone else’s. They will be able to provide you with support and direct you to the appropriate health service.

Research shows that getting help as early as possible is important in recovering from mental illness, so don’t be afraid to contact your GP – they are trained to help. Alternatively you can call NHS Advice by dialling 111 or visit NHS Mental Health pages for more information.


Mental Health contacts

  • Dial NHS Advice on 111
  • Contact your local GP: if you’re unsure who this is, find your nearest GP here
  • NHS Mental Health pages
  • Samaritans: Offer emotional support 24 hours a day: 08457 90 90 90
  • Sane helpline: Specialist mental health emotional support, 6pm – 11pm daily:  0845 767 8000
  • Rethink advice line: Practical mental health information, 10am – 2pm, Mon – Fri: 0300 5000 927

Mental health charities

  • Time-to-Change: Tackling mental health discrimination
  • Rethink: UK charity campaigning for better mental health. Website has lots of advice and support for people with mental health concerns
  • Mind: UK mental health charity campaigning to improve mental health support and respect
  • Sane: UK charity promoting support, research and advice on mental health
  • Mental Health Foundation: Working to ease the suffering caused by mental ill health

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