Mental health charities, groups and services
Mental Health Foundation
020 7803 1101
Improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning difficulties.
020 7780 7300
Supports people through mental health services.
The Centre for Mental Health
020 7827 8300
Working to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems.
0845 123 2320
Provides information and support to those who are affected by depression via publications, supporter services and a network of self-help groups.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Through the BACP you can find out more about counselling services in your area.
0843 28 98 401 (every day from 9am-8pm)
PANDAS Foundation vision is to support every individual with pre (antenatal), postnatal depression or postnatal psychosis in England, Wales and Scotland. We campaign to raise awareness and remove the stigma. We provide our PANDAS Help Line, Support Groups offer online advice to all and much more.
General advice and support
Gives free confidential information and advice to help people sort out their money, legal, consumer and other problems.
Support for children and young people
020 7336 8445
Provides information and advice for anyone with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person.
Free, national helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger.
Listening, support and information service run by students for students.
Other places you could go for support
Infoline on issues relating to older people.
Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
020 7837 7324
Provides information, support and referral services.
020 7346 6700
The UK’s largest organisation working with refugees and asylum seekers.
0300 100 1234
Offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support.
A free, confidential directory of trained, professional counsellors and therapists in the UK.
Teacher Support Network
08000 562 561
A 24/7 telephone support line which gives teachers access to professional coaches and counsellors 365 days a year. The network also campaigns for change within schools and education policy in order to improve the wellbeing, mental and physical health of teachers.
08444 775 774
Works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy.
Carers UK is the voice of carers. It improves their lives by providing information, advice, support and by campaigning for change.
Crossroads Care is Britain’s leading provider of support for carers and the people they care for.
NHS UK – Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)
This has an incredible amount of information, including detailed posts about all types of anxiety and symptoms.
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.
Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6-11pm)
SANEmail email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
Other sources of support
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily until midnight)
Drug Rehab (US)
Provides information on dementia, including fact sheets and helplines.
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Weekends, 10am-4pm)
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm)
Phone: 0808 168 9111 (Mon-Fri, 8pm-8am. Weekends, Sat 5pm-Mon 8am)
Phone: 0845 634 1414 (adults) or 0345 634 7650 (for under-25s)
Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying.
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm. Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm)
Phone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services)
These resources were published in October 2015
LGB&T People and Mental Health – Resources for practitioners and for service users.
Research consistently finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people experience higher rates of mental health problems than other groups. Additionally, LGB&T people often do not feel able to be open about their gender and/or sexual identities with health professionals, and some still sadly experience discrimination from services or practitioners.
These resources consist of two documents:
This booklet aims to give you the basic information that you need about gender identity and sexuality, and the needs of LGB&T people in relation to mental health. Throughout the booklet we provide clear lists of good practice when working with LGB&T people, which can be implemented in services and by practitioners.
This fact sheet provides information to LGB&T people who may be seeking mental health support.
You may also be interested in our series of Trans Health Factsheets, which include a fact sheet on mental health.
Once you have downloaded and read these resources, we would be grateful if you would complete a very short survey about them to help inform our future work. Please click here to take the survey.
LGBT people who are seeking counselling and mental health support may be interested in accessing the following directories:
As outlined in the resources please find below the research reports underpinning the LGB&T mental health resources
Smith, G., Bartlett, A. & King, M. (2004). Treatments of homosexuality in Britain since the 1950’s – an oral history: experience of patients. BMJ, 328, 7437, 427.
Bartlett, A., Smith, G. & King, M. (2009). The Responses of Mental Health Professionals to Clients seeking help to change or re-direct same-sex sexual orientation. BMC Psychiatry, 9, 11.
UKCP (2014). Conversion Therapy Consensus Statement
McNeil, J., Bailey, L., Ellis, S., Morton, J., & Regan, M,. (2012). Trans mental health survey 2012
Grant, J., Mottet, L., Tanis, J., Harrison J., Herman, J., & Keisling, M. (2011) Injustice at every turn: A report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
Barker, M., Richards, C., Jones, R., Bowes-Catton, H., & Plowman, T. (2012) The Bisexuality Report. Milton Keynes: Open University
METRO Youth Chances, 2014. Youth Chances Summary of First Findings: the experiences of LGBTQ young people in England. London: METRO.
Williams, H. Varney, J., Taylor, J., Fish, J., Durr, P. & Elan-Cane, C. (2013). The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Public Health Outcomes Framework Companion Document. Manchester: LGB&T Partnership.
Further resources for services and practitioners
Richards, C. & Barker, M. (2013). Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A Practical Guide. London: Sage.
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (wpath.org)
European Professional Association for Transgender Health (epath.eu)
Ettner. R., Monstrey, S., & Eyler, A. E. (Eds.) (2007). Principles of transgender medicine and surgery. New York: The Haworth Press.
Lev, A. I. (2004). Transgender emergence. London: Haworth Clinical Practice Press.
Stonewall Health Briefing: Bisexuality (www.stonewall.org.uk/documents/bisexuality.pdf)
Beyond Babies & Breast Cancer – Expanding our understanding of women’s health needs (www.lgf.org.uk/womenshealth)
Stonewall Health Briefing: Mental Health (http://www.healthylives.stonewall.org.uk/lgb-health/briefings/mental-health.aspx)
The Reading Agency
Get involved with Reading Well Books on Prescription
- Health professionals and users can find out more about the booklists on our Reading Well site.
- Librarians can find resources for running Reading Well Books on Prescription on our resources page.
- Print materials supporting Reading Well, including user leaflets and posters, can be ordered from our online shop
Get involved with Reading Well Mood-boosting Books
- See all the Mood-boosting Books lists
- You can order promotional materials from the reading agency shop
- If you have a book to recommend, email email@example.com the title and a short comment or tweet your suggestions using #moodboosting.
Addiction Blog is a network of writers and bloggers managed by Lee Weber. Contributors are industry leaders who are interested in the field of addiction treatment. We embrace new ideas and alternative therapies for the treatment of all types of addiction.
Services they offer:
MENTAL HEALTH BLOGS
The following blogs are taken from and list of 80, taken from HERE.
100 Pedals is run by Dave Cooke. Dave is the father of a son battling with heroin addiction. Dave shares his story about faith, and how God guides him through the most difficult experiences to discover a place of peace, clarity and purpose.
Lou offers personal blog posts, how-tos, interviews and workshops, which combine to offer an excellent resource for anyone living in recovery. Lou also includes a section on mocktails, including recipes and photos.
Adam was addicted for 27 years. Following this, he decided to get clean by entering a drug court program. Adam favours what he terms ‘self-directed, empowered recovery’ over the 12 step alternative and has now recovered from his longterm substance use disorder.
The Addict’s Mom” is a group focusing on the mothers of addicted children.
Alcohol Drug SOS is run by Jan Edward Williams who is a licensed addiction counsellor. He helps people addicted to alcohol and drugs, while in recovery himself.
For many more blogs, click this link.
Stay brave, bold, safe and unique.