Mental health organisations in the United Kingdom

Mental health organisations in the United Kingdom

In my last post for Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to create a space full of mental health organisations for anybody who needs help. It contains as much information as I could get my hands on!

These mental health organisations are based in the U.K. because that’s where I live. They do have helpful advice and information on their websites so, even if you are outside the U.K., there may still be something of value to you. This Wikipedia page has information for mental health organisations all over the world, and this is a blog post with a focus on US support systems.

Please be aware that if you need urgent help (for example, you feel suicidal, like harming yourself or hurting other people), you should call 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E). You can search for your local department through the NHS Choices website. The Samaritans (details below) are available 24/7 so you could also contact them.

If you would like to be seen by your GP as soon as possible, you can request an emergency appointment, or call 111 for out-of-hours help from the NHS.

There is a lot of information in this post, but I don’t want anybody to feel overwhelmed. Each of the mental health organisations has a line beneath it with a general idea of who they aim to help, so it should be easy to find somewhere that fits with you. As a starting point, I would recommend talking to your GP. This can be difficult, but Mind has a campaign called “Find The Words” to give you some direction on how to go about it. You can access the information here.

Below are some other mental health organisations who can help you. Waiting times for the following organisations vary. If you want to reduce your waiting time, you should try calling. Other services, such as text and email, can take longer.

Mind

If you would like to discuss how you have been feeling and receive advice on what you can do next.

Website: www.mind.org.uk
Call: 0300 123 3393
(Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays). Phone calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates. Charges from mobile telephones vary considerably. The charge for your call will depend on your mobile phone provider.)
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Text: 86463
They have a community called Elefriends where you can talk to other people who are struggling with their mental health.

Samaritans

If you need someone to listen. You do not have to be suicidal to contact the Samaritans.

Website: www.samaritans.org
Call: 116 123
(Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This number is free to call, from both landlines and mobiles.)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Text: 07725909090
If you would prefer to speak to somebody in person, you can find your local branch here.

SANE

If you are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to

Website: www.sane.org.uk
Call: 0300 304 7000
(Lines are open 4.30pm to 10.30pm, seven days a week. Charges from mobile telephones vary considerably.  The charge for your call will depend on your mobile phone provider.)

IMAlive

An online crisis network

Website: www.imalive.org
This is an instant messaging service for anyone who would like to speak to someone urgently but is not comfortable using the phone. Phone calls can be difficult at the best of times when you have a mental health illness, but when it all gets too much, it can seem impossible to pick up the phone and speak to someone. IMAlive aims to give people an alternative option.

CALM

For men aged 15-35 who need help

Website: www.thecalmzone.net
Call: 0800 58 58 58 (Nationwide), 0808 802 58 58 (London)
(Lines are open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. This number is free to call, from both landlines and mobiles.)
There is a webchat option available, which has the same opening times as the helpline.

The Mix

For young people under the age of 25

Website: www.themix.org.uk
Call: 0808 808 4994.
(Lines are open 11am-11pm every day. This number is free to call from landlines and mobiles.)
Email: Click here to access an email form.
There are others way to contact the mix here, including a webchat option. You can use the helpline or the webchat to ask to speak to a counsellor.
They have a variety of group chats throughout the week, and you can access discussion forums to connect with other people who may be feeling the same way you are.

Papyrus

For people under 35 who are feeling suicidal

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org
Call: 0800 068 41 41
(Lines are open 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-10pm Bank Holidays. This number is free to call from landlines and mobiles.)
Text: 07786209697
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

The Silver Line

Helpline for older people

Website: www.thesilverline.org.uk
Call: 0800 4 70 80 90
(Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This number is free to call, from both landlines and mobiles.)

Anxiety UK

If you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and need support

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Call: 03444 775 774
(Lines are open 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays). Phone calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates. Charges from mobile telephones vary considerably.  The charge for your call will depend on your mobile phone provider.)
Text: 07537416905

Bipolar UK

To support people who have been diagnosed with Bipolar, as well as their friends and family

Website: www.bipolaruk.org
Call: 0333 323 3880
(Lines are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Phone calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates. Charges from mobile telephones vary considerably.  The charge for your call will depend on your mobile phone provider.)
Email: info@bipolaruk.org
They also have an eCommunity which you can join here.

Moodswings

To offer information and advice to people with mood swing disorders

Website: www.moodswings.org.uk
Call: 0161 832 37 36
(Lines are open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Phone calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates. Charges from mobile telephones vary considerably.  The charge for your call will depend on your mobile phone provider.)
Email: info@moodswings.org.uk

Spark

A charity which encourages and supports others

Website: www.sparksupport.co.uk
1Spark is a Facebook group, set up as space for others to celebrate the good days and have support through the tough times. There are over 1000 members, so it’s a big community of people who need help, and would like to help others such as yourself. It’s managed by volunteers between 9am and midnight. Although you may not be able to receive professional help or advice, it can be a helpful place to talk to others and meet new people. Sometimes, talking to the people you know is hard so you may prefer to get a perspective from people who aren’t as close to you. You can submit a form to join this group here.

Rethink Mental Illness

They have a lot of information available on their website, www.rethink.org. If you would like to know more about anything relating to mental health, you are likely to find it there. They do also have ways to contact them if you want to discuss anything you’re unsure of. You can use the contact form or use the webchat option (open 10am-1pm, Monday to Friday) here.

Mental health organisations in the UK

Asking for help is hard, but it’s important that you do it. There’s no shame in it. I did it, and I’m glad I did. These mental health organisations are supporting thousands of other people like you. They are trained to provide you with the help and information you need to start feeling better.

Your mindset could be that it won’t make a difference, but I promise you it does. The way you are feeling right now doesn’t have to be permanent.

If you are aware of other mental health organisations I have missed, please leave their details in the comments. These are nationwide organisations, so I would urge you to include local support charities in your area if you think it would be helpful for others.

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7 Comments

  1. 18th May 2018 / 11:12 am

    Great go to place for resources & support. Thank you for sharing.

  2. 18th May 2018 / 5:39 pm

    What a great resource this blog post is and it’s such a great way to end #MHAW18

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      18th May 2018 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks Leah! 🙂

  3. 18th May 2018 / 6:31 pm

    This is such a brilliant list, thanks for compiling and sharing! 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      18th May 2018 / 7:10 pm

      No problem at all. 🙂

  4. 19th May 2018 / 12:14 pm

    This is such a perfect post! What a great way to share a tonne of resources for those who need them! Ruth youre just amazing! x
    Neve | https://lifewithneve.com/

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      19th May 2018 / 12:58 pm

      You’re too sweet, Neve! Thanks lovely x

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