Mental health crisis helplines
If you or your children, children or adults under your care are in crisis and need to talk right now, there are many helplines staffed by trained people ready to listen. They won’t judge you and could help make sense of difficult feelings.
Childline 0800 11 11
To help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you.
Hopeline UK 0800 068 41 41
A confidential support and advice service for Children and Young People under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. Text: 07860 039967 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Text Beyond to 85258 for free, 24/7 text support across the UK.
Trained volunteers will listen to how you’re feeling and help you think the next step towards feeling better.
Samaritans are available day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope and who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.
Switchboard 0330 330 0630
We are Switchboard, the LGBT+ Helpline. We are a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. We support people to explore the right options for themselves. We aspire to a society where all LGBT+ people are informed and empowered.
85258 (textline) giveusashout.org
Shout is a confidential and anonymous 24/7 text support service for anyone struggling to cope. It is free to text Shout from all major mobile networks in the UK. To speak to a trained volunteer, text SHOUT to 85258.
National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).
If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (24 hours, 7 days a week), email email@example.com or text 07786 209 697.
If you’re a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too
0300 123 3393 can also help you find services that can support you. If you’re outside the UK, the Befrienders Worldwide website has a tool to search by country for emotional support helplines around the world.
General support for young people
Action for Children
Supports children, young people and families across England with emotional and practical care.
Practical information and emotional support for:
- Young people
- Young people leaving care
- Young carers
Provides local services for further support in some regions.
NHS Every Mind Matters
Information and advice on mental health and wellbeing for young people. Includes videos about dealing with change, social media and sleep.
On My Mind
Information and workshops for children and young people whose parents or carers experience mental health problems
Self-help books to help people understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing. Also available in Welsh.
Mental health support for young people, parents and carers. Includes information about mental health problems and medication.
Advice and counselling network for young people. Includes a search tool for finding free local services.
List of Support Helplines