There is a whole world of support out there whenever you need it. For medical, health or welfare matters, take a look below for links and phone numbers to the groups and organisations who can offer help and advice.
- NHS Direct 0845 46 47 - stacks of health help, including a self-help guide, medical encyclopedia and a feature for finding your nearest doctors/dentist/opticians/pharmacy.
- NHS 24 0845 424 2424 - health information and self-care advice for people in Scotland
- NHS Direct Wales - health information for people in Wales
- NHS England - make the most of your health and get the best out of the NHS in England
- Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
- youthhealthtalk - real people talking about their emotional experience with illness
- Terrence Higgins Trust 020 7242 1010 - get help, support and advice on dealing with AIDS and HIV
- Sex and young people - NHS advice about sex/relationships/contraception, 0800 28 29 30
- Family Planning Association - 0845 122 8690, 9am-6pm Mon-Fri
- Brook - 08000 185 023, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, or 020 7950 7700 for the 24 hour helpline
- SH:24 - online webchat, sexual health advice, information and support.
- The Samaritans - 116 123 (UK + ROI) - provides confidential non-judgmental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Also a text service - 07725909090 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org - replies within 24 hours.
- Nightline - Student-run helpline open throughout the night, providing confidential, non-judgmental and non-advisory support. Basically like an alternative to The Samaritans, geared towards students. Has branches in most major UK universities. Also has an IM and email service.
- Recover Your Life - self-harm support community.
- B-eat - eating disorder charity with a number of helplines, including one especially for young people who need support with eating disorder related problems
Information & Advice
- Mind - 0845 766 0163 - information about mental illness
- www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk - here you will find symptoms, treatments, therapy and medication and ways of coping
- Are you experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings? - advice on where you can turn for support.
- Depression Alliance - general information and support on depression. Here you can share your story of mental illness, or read about others.
- National Eating Disorders - useful information pages on eating disorders.
- OCD UK - OCD info and support.
- Rethink - helping people recover from mental illness.
- SANE - mental health information and support via SANEline and SANEmail
- Recover your life - this site offers support and advice for self-harmers. It also offers support for eating disorders and other mental health issues. As well as the main site with information about self-harm, there is also a forum and you can make your own online journal. The distractions forum has plenty of games to get you through those hard times.
- National Self-Harm Network - this site also offers support and advice for self-harmers and their families. As well as providing information there is also a forum.
- BBC Metal Health Webpage - provides information about mental health issues.
- Victim Support - for those who have suffered abuse or rape, this site can provide support.
- National Drugs Helpline - 0800 776 600 - Mon-Fri 24 hours - see here for the phone line in languages other than English
- Talk To Frank - a place to ask about drugs
- Victim Support - a national charity dedicated to helping victims of crime. You can call their national supportline on 0845 30 30 90 for a confidential conversation, or to get information about your local Victim Support service who will be able to assign you a volunteer to meet with you and talk further, if you'd like.
- Rape Crisis - website has details of local rape crisis organisations