Support

There is a huge range of help and support available from these organisations.

Given a lack of public awareness related to some aspects of mental illness, a common desire for anonymity when asking for help and the social stigma associated, these resources can offer you support when you feel most isolated.

This list is a work in progress – please contact us if you have suggestions for organisations we should add.

This list currently focuses on UK organisations, but it does include several internationally available resources like online forums and support groups. If you are outside the UK and you would like help sourcing details of organisations near you, please get in touch with olivia@everydaystigma.com.

The definitions and descriptions of different mental illness are constantly being updated, and symptoms / experiences naturally vary person to person. Nevertheless, if you would like to know more about a particular illness or disorder, please click the on the name (will hyperlink each illness to NHS page).

If you are in crisis and know somebody who is, please call the Samaritans (24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year) or the police in an emergency.

General

Samaritans – 116 123 / joe@samaritans.org

The Samaritans are a volunteer-based UK and Republic of Ireland organisation operating a full-time free counselling service. You can call any time of the day or night, any day of the week, and find someone who will listen.

Time to change – 020 8215 2356 / info@time-to-change.org.uk

An organisation dedicated to ending mental health discrimination. It doesn’t offer individual advice, but it does share personal stories about mental health. You can also share your own via their blogging service.

Mind – 020 8519 2122 / supporterservices@mind.org.uk

A leading UK mental health charity, Mind offers a range of services. You can request urgent help, read / watch stories of others suffering, keep yourself updated on mental health news or read up on latest treatments for various illnesses and disorders.

Sane – 020 3805 1790 / info@sane.org.uk

Another leading mental health charity. Sane pioneers the #StopStigma movement and the Black Dog campaign (hyperlink), offers the option to build your own profile, join the community, help fundraise or access vital emergency support. You can also access their ‘Saneline’, a support and advice number, on 0300 304 7000 (6pm-11pm).

Rethink – 0300 5000 927 / info@rethink.org

A mental illness advice line providing information and assistance, to experts, mental health sufferers and their carers. They also run a national network of services and free support groups across the UK.

Centre for Mental Health – 020 7717 1558 / contact@centreformentalhealth.org.uk

The Centre uses research to campaign for fairer policies related to mental health, up-to-date information on treatments, and advice from leading voices in the field. They also support mental illness sufferers in the criminal justice system.

Mental Healthy – customerservices@mentalhealthy.co.uk

This site provides news, features, and a community of support on various mental health disorders. There is also the Uncovered magazine, a shop and series of blog posts.

Specifically for young people

Childline – 0800 1111 / Online chat

Childline runs a free helpline for children and young people in the UK, which you can phone for free. Outside the UK, you can also also use their online chat service and one-to-one e-counselling.

The Mix – 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm) / Email form

The Mix provides support, information and group discussion boards to young people aged 13-25, on anything that might be worrying you. They provide phone, email, peer to peer and e-counselling support.

Papyrus – 0800 068 41 41 / pat@papyrus-uk.org

Specifically aimed at preventing the suicide of teenagers and young people up to 35, and helping those most at risk, Papyrus offers a specialised telephone service and a wealth of information.

Students Against Depression

This website provides support for students suffering low mood, stress or suicidal thoughts. It also offers blogs, information, action plans and emergency support. It produced a six-week course called Positive Minds, available for all students.

Specifically for men

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – 0800 58 58 58 / Online chat

This is aimed at men, particularly young men, who are suffering from low mood or emotional upheaval and feel they cannot express themselves.

Specifically for women

National Society for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS) – 0844 8157311 / contact@pms.org.uk

This organisation provides support, information and resources for those suffering from PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, sometimes described as a severe form of PMS/PMT), PMS or related symptoms.

Gia Allemand Foundation – Email form

A US-based non-profit foundation for sufferers of PMDD and female suicidal ideation. The organisation organises events, offers advice, information and support.

Anxiety

Anxiety UK – 08444 775 774

A charity for those who suffer from anxiety, or anxiety-related disorders such as anxiety-based depression, panic attacks and stress. They provide information, support and one-on-one services, access to therapy and a text and web-messenger service.

Depression

Depression UK

Depression Alliance (merged with Mind in 2016: same contact details)

While it does not offer a helpline, the Depression Alliance charity does provide extensive information and links to further resources, as well as the Friends in Need community support and wellbeing network.

Pre and post-natal depression

PANDAS Foundation – 01691 664275 / contact@pandasfoundation.org.uk

Offering advice and support for those suffering from pre or post-natal depression, as well as campaigning to combat the associated stigma, PANDAS also provides links to local support groups and a helpline.

OCD

OCD UK – 0845 120 3778 / support@ocduk.org

The charity is run by OCD sufferers, for OCD sufferers, but also provides information for health professionals and researchers. It offers an advice line which offers information and support.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar UK – 0333 323 3880 / info@bipolaruk.org

The national charity dedicated to supporting those with bipolar disorder, their families and carers, and providing information to combat ignorance surrounding the disorder. They also have a helpline and a diagnostic tool.

Addiction

Eating disorder

Personality disorder

Schizophrenia

Support groups

  • Beating the Blues
  • Mental Health Forum.net
  • Postsecret
  • Live Well
  • Big white wall