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Charity Support

Mental Health Charity Support

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these mental health charities, organisations and support groups can offer expert advice.

Urgent help in a crisis:  If you need help during a mental health crisis or emergency, the C.A.L.L Mental Health Helpline for Wales can help call free: 0800 132737 or text 'help' to 81066

Anxiety UK - Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm). Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK - A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM - CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight) - Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Men's Health Forum - 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation - Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind - Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm). Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic - Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD. Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge. Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action - Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD UK - A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Website: www.ocduk.org

PAPYRUS - Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends). Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness - Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm), Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans - Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline). Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE - Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

YoungMinds - Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm). Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

 
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)

NSPCC - Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline) 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline) Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Refuge - Advice on dealing with domestic violence. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline). Website: www.refuge.org.uk

 
Alcohol misuse

Alcoholics Anonymous - A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups. Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline) Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Al-Anon - Al-Anon is a free self-help “12 step” group for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking. Phone: 0800 0086 811 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Website: https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/

Drinkline - A free confidential helpline for people worried about their own or someone else's drinking. Phone: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).

National Association for Children of Alcoholics - National Association for Children of Alcoholics offers free confidential advice and information to everyone affected by a parent’s drinking including children, adults and professionals. Phone: 0800 358 3456 (Friday, Saturday and Monday 12pm to 7pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm to 9pm). Website: https://www.nacoa.org.uk/

SMART Recovery UK - SMART Recovery UK face-to-face and online groups help people decide whether they have a problem with alcohol and drugs, build up their motivation to change, and offer a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery. Phone: 0330 053 6022 for general enquiries about SMART Recovery UK (9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday). Website: https://smartrecovery.org.uk/

 
Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Society - Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.  Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on weekends). Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

 
Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care - Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).  Website: www.cruse.org.uk

 
Crime victims

Rape Crisis - To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm). Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Victim Support - Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline). Website: www.victimsupport.org

 
Drug misuse

Cocaine Anonymous - A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves stopping using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups. Phone: 0800 612 0225 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Website: https://cocaineanonymous.org.uk/

FRANK - Free, confidential information and advice about drugs, their effects and the law. FRANK's live chat service runs daily from 2pm to 6pm. Phone: 0300 1236600 (24-hour helpline). Text a question to: 82111. Website: https://www.talktofrank.com/

Marijuana Anonymous - A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves stopping using marijuana with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups. Phone: 0300 124 0373 (callback service). Website: http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org.uk/

Narcotics Anonymous - A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves stopping using drugs with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups. Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight). Website: www.ukna.org

SMART Recovery UK - SMART Recovery UK face-to-face and online groups help people decide whether they have a problem with alcohol and drugs, build up their motivation to change, and offer a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.  Phone: 0330 053 6022 for general enquiries about SMART Recovery UK (9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday). Website: https://smartrecovery.org.uk/

 
Eating disorders

Beat - Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s). Website: www.b-eat.co.uk

 
Gambling

Gamblers Anonymous - A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves stopping gambling with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups. Phone: 0330 094 0322 (24-hour). Website: https://www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk/

Gam-Anon - A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme is for those affected by someone else’s gambling with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups. Phone: 08700 50 88 80 Website: www.gamanon.org.uk

National Gambling Helpline - Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight). Website: www.begambleaware.org

National Problem Gambling Clinic - A specialist NHS clinic for problem gamblers aged 13 and over. Phone: 020 7381 7722 (callback). Website: https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/mental-health-services/addictions-and-substance-misuse/national-problem-gambling-clinic

 
Learning disabilities

Mencap - Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Website: www.mencap.org.uk

 
Parenting

Family Lives - Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying. Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm) Website: www.familylives.org.uk

 
Relationships

Relate - The UK's largest provider of relationship support. Website: www.relate.org.uk