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Places to Seek Help

If you are concerned that you have a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local Accident & Emergency department (A&E). There are also a number of mental health organisations that provide helplines. Some are listed below.

For urgent medical advice, you can call NHS 111 (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland) or NHS Direct (Wales) 0845 46 47.

Useful mental health resources and helplines can be found at:


Offering emotional support 24 hours a day.

116 123


The Mind Infoline can help you to find out what services are available in your area and can advise on types of mental health problems and types of treatment, as well as giving mental health advocacy advice. Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

0300 123 3393

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness has a number of helpline and advice services, which offer practical and emotional support and signposting to those experiencing severe mental illness, their carers and relatives. Local lines are open 24 hours a day.

0300 5000 927


SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. Their helpline is open 4.30-10.30pm every day.

0300 304 7000


The UK’s leading charity championing the well-being and mental health of young people. Their helpline for parents is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.

0808 802 5544

Alcoholics Anonymous

Offers a national helpline if you need support for a drinking problem.

0800 9177 650


FRANK gives friendly, confidential 24-hour advice on drugs.

0300 123 6600