If you have been affected by any of the topics we discuss or you find yourself struggling with your mental health then there are lots of fantastic places you can go to for help. Remember, not being okay isn’t a weakness. The strongest thing you can do is to ask for help.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It is a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Helpline: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
The Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Sometimes fighting anxiety can feel like a losing battle, however you’re not alone – Anxiety UK are here to help. You’re not alone in feeling anxious – millions of people experience short and long-term anxiety. Being a member of Anxiety UK enables you to access a package of support and to become part of a community of people who live with and understand anxiety.
Helpline: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri: 9:30am – 5.30pm)
Text support service: 07537 416905
Helpline: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything – no problem is too big or too small.
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. The Mind Infoline provides an information and signposting service. They are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They have fantastic resources with detailed information on different challenges that university life can bring. Please note that these resources are not intended as a substitute for professional help with mental health difficulties but as something to exist alongside other support that you may be receiving or whilst you are waiting for support.