Emotions and mental health

Communities and group support

CLIC Sargent community

Our online community is a friendly digital space for 16 to 24-year-olds to share experiences, make friends, find useful information and support each other through difficult times. You must be aged 16 to 24, and have, or have had cancer to join.

community.clicsargent.org.uk

Big White Wall

A safe online community of people who are anxious or finding it difficult to cope who support each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly.

bigwhitewall.com

Mind - peer support directory

Describes peer support services and lists places to access them by area, including community groups, mentoring, befriending, self-help groups, online communities and support groups.

mind.org.uk

Organisations

Beat - beating eating disorders

Beat is dedicated to supporting people with eating disorders and have message boards, online support groups, and regional support services so you can talk to others with similar experiences. They also run phone and email helplines.

b-eat.co.uk

Call the Youth Helpline free on 0808 801 0711

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, safe and confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They aim to be there in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information.

breathingspace.scot

Call free on 0800 83 85 87

CALM

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a charity has helpful information about a range of topics, as well as lifestyle articles and videos to encourage men to live life to the fullest and be able to get the support they need. Their helpline is open 7 days a week from 5pm until midnight, where you can talk through any issue and they’ll listen and offer information anonymously and confidentially.

thecalmzone.net

Call on 0800 58 58 58 or use webchat from 5pm - midnight

Counselling Directory

The Counselling Directory website provides information about different types of counselling and other therapies, as well as a postcode-searchable database of counsellors and psychotherapists from across the UK.

counselling-directory.org.uk

Doc Ready

It can be hard to talk to people when you're having difficulties with your mental health. Doc Ready helps prepare for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health by building a checklist so you don't miss anything and simple info and tips on what to expect.

docready.org

Fixers

Fixers are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them. Young people aged 16 to 25 tackle issues that matter the most to them.

fixers.org.uk

Head Above the Waves

Heads Above the Waves is an organisation that raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. They promote positive, creative ways of dealing with the bad days. 

hatw.co.uk

HeadMeds

Straightforward information about mental health conditions and their medications. It also includes stories from other young people. 

headmeds.org.uk

Lifeline

Lifeline is a crisis phone line for people in Northern Ireland experiencing distress or despair. The helpline is available 24 hours a day.

lifelinehelpline.info

Call on 0808 808 8000

Meic

Meic is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales. Meic provides information, useful advice and the support you need to make a change.

meiccymru.org

Call on 08088 023456

Mind

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

mind.org.uk

Call on 0300 123 3393, email info@mind.org.uk or text 86463

NHS Choices - Youth Mental Health

An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. You can also complete a mood questionnaire to help you understand how you feel.

nhs.uk/Livewell/youth-mental-health

Papyrus - prevention of young suicide

Papyrus provides confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. If this is how you feel, please visit their website or call HOPELineUK - a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information.

papyrus-uk.org

Call HOPELineUK on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209697

Samaritans

Samaritans volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide confidential support on any issue. They can be contacted by phone, email and letter, and also offer face-to-face support at local branches across the UK.

samaritans.org

Sane

SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. SANE works to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. 

sane.org.uk

Call on 0300 304 7000

Stem4

stem4 is a teenage mental health charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage. stem4 encourages early identification and early intervention of mental illness as well as building emotional resilience in teenagers and young people.

stem4.org.uk

SupportLine

SupportLine is a confidential, non-judgemental service providing emotional support by phone, email or post, allowing young people from across the UK to talk through any issue they may be experiencing.

supportline.org.uk

Call on 0170 876 5200

The Mix

The Mix is here to 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. Get in touch online, via social or a free, confidential helpline.

themix.org.uk

Call on 0808 808 4994 or have a 1-2-1 chat

TheSite.org

TheSite.org provides online information and advice on a variety of issues that affect 16 to 25-year-olds – from sex and relationships, to health and wellbeing, to legal and money problems – through articles, an online community and their confidential question and answer service.

thesite.org

Young Minds

Young Minds is a charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. You'll find plenty of advice on their website about specific conditions like anxiety, depression and eating disorders, and where to go for more support.

youngminds.org.uk

Young Scot

Young Scot Extra provides information for 11 to 26-year-olds in Scotland on a range of topics to help make the transition into independent living, including articles on keeping healthy and managing money. Young people can also request information from Young Scot through their confidential phone or email help services.

youngscotextra.org 

Youth Access

Youth Access an advice and counselling network for young people. You can find free and confidential counselling, advice or information services locally using their postcode search.

youthaccess.org.uk

Apps

In Hand

In Hand acts as a digital friend to help you in times of stress or low mood, taking you through different activities depending on how you're feeling.

Headspace

Headspace helps you learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness aimed to help with everything from stress to sleep.

StepFinder

Got a problem, need local help? StepFinder pin-points your nearest local support service and shows you how to get there using your phone.

WellMind

Wellmind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.

Updated March 2018, next review due 2019.

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