Public resources for help and information in the UK and Republic of Ireland:
UK & IRELAND
Emergency Medical Services - 999 (24Hours)
If a situation is potentially life-threatening.
NHS 111 can be called using 111 if it is out of hours and you do not think it is an emergency situation. They will also link you to local services if you cannot find a local GP or hospital.
UK & IRELAND
08457 90 90 90 - UK (24 hours)
116 123 - Republic of Ireland (24 hours)
Many people say they don't call the Samaritans because they don't know what to say or ask. You don't have to. You don't have to talk about your feelings, thoughts or problems. You can talk about the weather or what's on television …. the simple dynamic of human contact can break barriers.
I simply walked into one of their offices when I was in need. I received the most non-judgemental support I could ever have hoped for.
Whether you are worried about yourself or someone else, I highly recommend them.
Confidential Young Suicide Prevention Advice:
HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41 Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Weekends 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
SMS: 07786 209697
PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by Jean Kerr, a mother from Lancashire. She and a small group of parents who had each lost a child to suicide were convinced that that many young suicides are preventable.
CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably
0800 58 58 58 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight.
Callers can talk through any issue, we’ll listen and offer information and signposting. Calls are anonymous & confidential and won’t show up on your phone bill. Calls are free from landlines, payphones and Orange, Virgin & 3 mobile networks. Other mobile networks and supermarket brand sims may charge.
Rethink Mental Illness: http://www.rethink.org
Rethink Crisis Contacts page : https://www.rethink.org/diagnosis-treatment/treatment-and-support/crisis-teams
0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 10am-2pm)
Mind is a mental health charity that provides support. There is a link at the top of their webpage titled “I need urgent help” which will ask a number of questions and provide you with advice in your situation. Links to crisis services can be found here
If you want to support someone who is feeling suicidal Mind also offer further information here about what you can do to help.
0300 123 3393 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
0845 787 6000 6.00pm – 11.00pm
Local GPs can be found on the NHS Choices website http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search which allows you to enter what service you need and your location, it will then provide you with a phone number and address
If you have a good relationship with your doctor, you may find this a helpful start.
Many people find it difficult to talk to a GP about mental health problems. Www.mentalhealth.org.uk publish a free guide to download entitled
“ How To Talk To Your GP About Mental Health”.
UK - ONLINE
NHS Choices lists a comprehensive list of helplines and websites here:
IRELAND - ONLINE
Mental Health Ireland lists different ways of finding help here:
UK & IRELAND
Founded in 2011 as a social networking platform for people affected by depression and other mental health conditions, the Black Dog Tribe (BDT) website is intended to be a place in which like-minded people can find their own ‘tribe’ and share experiences in a supportive online community through forums, blogs, daily news and mental health information. It is now part of Sane
I am a proud member of Black Dog Tribe and my blog posts are regularly featured on their site.
I have come across many different mental health forums, chat rooms etc. Some are affiliated to official organisations, and others growing from groups of like minded individuals. I found many on Twitter, it's worth doing your own research and having a go to see if something appeals to you.
There are a lot of different types of services that can help with mental health and wellbeing. Physical activity and diet can contribute so getting involved in yoga or sports in your local area can be very positive. Groups and socialising are also important, whether that is through social networks or sitting down for a cup of tea with a friend.
There are a number of apps available for smartphones which you might find helpful. These can be found both in the NHS Apps Library http://apps.nhs.uk/ and MindApps http://mindapps.org/. Both include applications that can deliver interventions such as CBT and mindfulness as well as provide a way of tracking your mental state. Tracking can give you more confidence in approaching a GP for the next stage on your journey to good mental health but should be avoided by those within a depressive state unless used for a short period. It also means that you have something with you wherever you go that can help you cope, can record how you feel or even offer a way of notifying your support team in times of crisis
Talking therapies involve a professional therapist who will listen and help you through any issues you may have. They can be accessed through your local GP who will provide more information about the services available in your area or you can choose to access them privately (http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/). For more information about services in your area try NHS Choices (http://www.nhs.uk/service-search) which also will provide information about whether you are eligible for free therapy or counselling through the NHS (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/Free-therapy-or-counselling.aspx).
If you would prefer to contact online services initially, which include instant messaging and apps amongst others such as forums, a great resource is available at
Within the UK the Samaritans, Mind and Rethink offer a helpline, email and instant messaging service for anyone who needs a listening ear.
Websites can provide information through articles and links that can help with a wide variety of daily issues that can be difficult to cope with when going through a touch time. Check out Mind and Rethink for some great advice pages.
Voluntary organisations can provide a huge amount of support with a community as they provide connections as well as, in some cases, acting as an advisory service. Organisations such as Mind http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds/ run local services such as counselling, support groups and drop-in centres throughout the country.
Your local GP might be able to provide you with some more information about services in your area or alternatively you could ask some of your friends or colleagues. Whilst there is still stigma around mental illness you might be surprised at how many people deal with issues every single day and by asking it might help spark a conversation that helps fight that stigma. Time to Change is a brilliant website for further information http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
Sometimes it can be very helpful reading about other people’s experiences with mental health although it can also be a ‘trigger’ so do be careful. If you are interested in watching some videos the NHS Choices website have a number of personal stories as well as informative discussions from clinicians http://www.nhs.uk/Video/Pages/childhood-liver-transplant-episode1.aspx?searchtype=Tag&searchterm=Mental%20health&#browse-media-top.
Time to Change contains interesting blogs and personal stories https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/join-the-conversation
as does the Mental Health Foundation http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/get-involved/your-stories/.
Children and Young People
There are many websites and helplines dedicated to providing support for children and young adults who are worried about their mental health but the best thing to do is to speak with someone you trust, perhaps your GP. They will be able to direct you to the appropriate services, for instance CAMHS (children and adolescent mental health service), in your area.
If you would like further information you could try one of the following services
Childline (website and helpline) https://www.childline.org.uk
Young Minds http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people (be careful of stories with Trigger Warnings as these can be uncomfortable to read).
Lists of Services
A number of national mental health helplines can be found on the NHS Choices website http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/mental-health-helplines.aspx
Difficult to Understand?
Sometimes the information online and from other people can be confusing, especially when it comes to mental health. There are a number of ‘jargon busters’ which help you to understand some of the more difficult terms that health services might use.
From South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
A mental health jargon buster from Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sometimes it’s nice to have information explained simply and clearly. EasyHealth provide accessible leaflets with information about mental health issues , information about services and videos .
I would like to thank Aislinn Bergin for all of her help in compiling this list.