Get help

Mental health problems are REAL. Asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness and your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You need and deserve help and support.

If you’re feeling anxious or depressed please go to see your GP to discuss the best treatment plan for you.

If you're feeling suicidal or that you might harm yourself then please call the Samaritans immediately on 116 123. 

 

Helplines

  • Samaritans. Call 116 123. Open 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. For everyone.

  • SANEline. Call 0300 304 7000. Open everyday 4.30pm -10.30pm. For everyone.  

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). Call 0800 58 58 58 nationwide or 0808 802 58 58 from London. Open everyday from 5pm to midnight. For men.

  • Papyrus Hopeline. Call 0800 068 4141. Open Monday -Friday 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm-5pm. For children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35. Or for anyone worried about a young person.

  • Childline. Call 0800 1111 (the number won’t show up on your phone bill). Open 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. For children and young people under 19. 

  • The Silver Line. Call 0800 4 70 80 90. Open 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. For older people.

  • PANDAS. Call 0843 28 98 401. Open from 9am-8pm, 365 days a year. For women suffering from pre or post natal depression.

 

Peer support

  • Mind is one of the largest mental health charities in the UK. They have a peer support directory which you can access here.

  • Big White Wall is an online community which provides safe and anonymous peer support which is accessible anytime anywhere.

  • Andy’s Man Club is a volunteer led organisation which runs men’s groups across the UK to support men and tackle depression. Their mission is to halve the number of male suicides in men under 45.

  • PANDAS organise some self-help groups in England and Wales for women suffering from pre or post natal depression.

 

Therapy

It goes without saying that you should speak to your GP about accessing therapy on the NHS. If you cannot wait then here are some links to find a therapist and therapeutic services near you.

 

Mental health organisations

  • Time to Change is a charity which is fighting to end mental health discrimination. They have lots of information and resources about mental health and lots of personal stories of depression.

  • Mind are the UK’s mental health charity.  They have lots of information and advice as well as links to their nationwide services.

  • Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

  • PANDAS provides pre and post natal depression advice and support. They run peer support groups, a helpline and have lots of useful information and resources.

  • Sanctus is working to change the perception of mental health. Their mission is to see a world where people view mental health like physical health and to put the world’s first mental health gym on the high street. They run workshops, talks and other live events where people share their mental health experiences.

  • Mental Health Foundation has lots of information, advice, stories and research on mental health.

  • Together are a UK charity which promotes mental wellbeing. They run a range of support services - including accommodation services - which you can check out here.

  • Young Minds promotes the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

  • Beyond Blue is an Australian organisation but I’ve included it here since it provides lots of really useful information and advice.

  • Make it OK is an American organisation which is tackling the stigma around mental ill-health and has lots of really good tips on how to talk about mental illnesses.

 

Other things…

I’ve listed some key information resources below. This is obviously not exhaustive. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add and I will keep updating this page as I come across new books, talks, podcasts etc.

Podcasts

  • The Hilarious World of Depression. This is my favourite podcast on depression. It’s a series of conversations with comedians who’ve been affected by depression. Every story is different, but equally moving and honest.

  • The Calmer You podcast by Chloe Brotheridge, author of 'The Anxiety Solution', gives guidance and inspiration to help people to be their calmest, happiest and most confident selves. There are practical tools, expert interviews, audio hugs, encouragement and a reminder that you are not alone.

  • The New Psychology of Depression, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. This is quite an academic podcast but offers excellent information and insight into depression, how it’s treated, the role of mindfulness and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in treating depression.

  • Bryony Gordon’s Mad World, interviews a different person each podcast to talk about how events in their life have shaped their mental health.

 

Talks