National and local emotional support
If you have anxiety, depression or any other mental health problem, there are lots of local and national sources of support. Some of the following organisations can also offer emergency mental health support:
The Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental support for people feeling in despair, distressed, or who have suicidal thoughts. You can also visit your local Samaritans’ branch, or write to them. Full contact details are on their website.
Maytree is a registered charity supporting people who are in suicidal crisis within a non-medical setting. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a one-off stay in a safe and confidential space, you can telephone or email the service, which runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Rape Crisis England and Wales
National Rape Crisis helpline: 0808 802 9999 (lines open 12 noon-2.30pm; 7-9.30pm, every day of the year)
Rape Crisis England and Wales is the national umbrella body for a network of autonomous member Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales. You can call the national Rape Crisis helpline for confidential support and for information about your nearest service.
Local Rape Crisis Centres are women-led and offer a range of support, advocacy, counselling and information in women-only safe spaces. Some Centres also provide a separate space and service for male sexual violence survivors and men who are supporting a survivor. See below for details of the North London Rape Crisis centre.
Sms: 020 3322 1860
Whatsapp: 074 9181 6064
Chat services open: 10:30am-9pm, Monday-Friday; 10am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday
SurvivorsUK helps sexually abused men and their friends and family, no matter when the abuse happened. Their online helpline service allows you to have a confidential one-to-one chat with one of their trained helpliners.
Mind provides confidential mental health information services. Calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has approximately 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.
National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
Freephone support line: 0808 801 0331 (lines open 10am-9pm, Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm on Fridays)
Email via contact form on NAPAC website
The NAPAC is the UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. The NAPAC offers supportive and non-judgemental listening in calls of up to 30 minutes. You can ask any question, however painful your memories may feel that day. You can share whatever you need about your abuse history. Calls will not show on your phone bill.
Freephone: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a free, confidential service for children and teens up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about any problem at all, big or small. You can also post on the online message board, write an email from your secure ‘locker’ or write a letter to Sam. You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Helpline: 0808 808 1677 9 (lines open 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays); open until 8pm, Tuesday- Thursday)
The Cruse Bereavement Care national helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement. Their volunteers can talk things through with you, help you find your local Cruse service, or signpost you to other services and information.