Contacts for your emotions and mental health

These organisations and communities can support you with all aspects of your emotions and mental health - whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression or stress, or you just need someone to talk to.

If you feel suicidal, don't wait. Call the Samaritans free any time, from any phone on 116 123 and talk to someone now.

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.
Call the Youth Helpline free on 0808 801 0711

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.

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.
Call free on 0800 83 85 87


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.
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.

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.


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.

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.


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


Lifeline is a crisis phone line for people in Northern Ireland experiencing distress or despair. The helpline is available 24 hours a day.
Call on 0808 808 8000


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.
Call on 08088 023456


Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Call on 0300 123 3393, email 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.

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.
Call HOPELineUK on 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209697


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.
Call free any time, from any phone on 116 123.


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.
Call on 0300 304 7000


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.


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

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.

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.

Reviewed and updated in January 2020.