Helpful contacts

Emotions and mental health

Anxiety Alliance

Anxiety Alliance Helping and supporting those suffering from anxiety, Anxiety Alliance offers a confidential helpline, email support, telephone-based and online self-help groups, fact sheets about different conditions and relaxation CDs. The helpline number can also be accessed overnight for guided relaxation.

Call 0345 296 7877 - 10am to 10pm every day, charged at a local rate

CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably

CALM exists to prevent male suicide in the UK and offers support to men of any age, who are down or in crisis via a helpline, webchat and website. The helpline is confidential and anonymous – calls won’t show up on your phone bill.

Call 0800 58 58 58 - 5pm to midnight every day, free of charge


Advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, Mind supports people across England and Wales through supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

Call 0300 123 3393 - 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays) or text 86463

No Panic

Providing support to those suffering from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, related anxiety disorders, and their families.

Call 0844 967 4848 - open every day 10am to 10pm, 5p per minute plus your access charge


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. They offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

Find your nearest branch or call 116 123 free anytime


Emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through a helpline, email service and an online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences. The national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offers specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. 

Call 0300 304 7000 - open  every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm

Peer support groups

CLIC Sargent Facebook group for parents

Join our Facebook group now to meet other parents and carers with similar experiences, share your views and have your voice heard.

Find us on Facebook or email to join.

Carers UK - forum

Whether you need to share an experience, ask a question or simply let off some steam, this online forum provides peer to peer support on a range of caring related issues such as benefits, work and relationships.

Macmillan - online community and support groups 

Find a support group in your area or join the online community to chat with other parents online. You may want to join the Parents of children with cancer group, designed to provide support to parents who are struggling with their child's cancer, including adult children. 

Counselling and psychotherapy

BACP - It's good to talk

This is a database of therapists accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Therapists on the register have specialist skills and knowledge and have undergone relevant training and supervision. You can search by area, by therapy need, by type of approach or by therapy offered in languages other than English.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP aims to promote awareness of counselling and increase availability. BACP can refer people to a local counsellor, and there is also a searchable list on their website.

Counselling Directory

This website offers a directory of counsellors across the UK. It is a free, confidential service which also contains a number of sections about emotional disorders.

National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists

The NRHP keeps an up-to-date database of hypnotherapists throughout the United Kingdom and Overseas and provides a free referral service, for those seeking a reputable practitioner.

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. You can Access the CBT Register of all accredited CBT therapists in the UK and Ireland from the website.

Complementary therapies

Association of Reflexologists

Reflexology is a complementary therapy that is based on the theory that different points and areas on the feet, lower leg, hands, face and ears correspond with different areas of the body. Find more about it or find a qualified practitioner in your area.

British Association of Art Therapists

BAAT is the professional organisation for art therapists in the United Kingdom and has its own Code of Ethics of Professional Practice. You can learn more about art therapy might help and access a comprehensive directory of qualified art therapists in the UK.

British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture involves fine needles being inserted through the skin to stimulate nerves. British Medical Acupuncture Society seeks to enhance the education and training of suitably qualified practitioners. You can learn more about acupuncture and find practitioners on their website. 

British Wheel of Yoga

With a nationwide network of over 3,000 qualified teachers, British Wheel of Yoga offers a range of courses to enable members to learn more about yoga and also hosts an online list of regional practitioners. 

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)

FHT is the largest professional association for complementary therapists. They have a register of therapists who are qualified, professional and insured. You can search for a range of therapies including massage, reiki, homeopathy and nutritional therapy.

General Council for Massage Therapies

The GCMT holds a National Register of massage therapists that can provide contact information for those who are currently registered.


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSRT provides help and access to reliable information about sexual and relationship issues without embarrassment. You can find out more about some of the common issues that people bring to sexual and relationship therapy and find professional therapists.


Gingerbread works with single parent families. The helpline and online advice supports single mums and dads to meet their family's needs and make confident choices the future, whether that’s working or studying, managing money or making arrangements with your child’s other parent. The helpline provides support and expert advice on anything from dealing with a break-up  to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues.

Call 0808 802 0925 - free of charge, find opening times here


Relate's services include relationship counselling for individuals and couples, family counselling, mediation, children and young people's counselling and sex therapy. Relate Centres across the UK and licensed local counsellors provide face-to-face counselling and support. Relate also provide phone, email and Live Chat counselling so you can choose the support that works for you.

Call 0300 100 1234 - find opening times and charges here