Mental health problems can affect anyone at any stage in their lives. Around one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and there is support available.

Mental health support

Worried about your mental health?

There are confidential helplines and listening services you can call and websites you can visit if you are worried about your mental health.

nhs.uk have a full A-Z list of mental health helplines and more support.

Anxiety UK provides support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition or call 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm).

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably. It offers help and support for men aged 15 to 35 or you can call them on 0800 58 58 58 (5 pm to midnight).

Mental Health Foundation provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

OCD Action support for people with OCD including information on treatment and online resources or call 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5 pm).

PAPYRUS is a young suicide prevention society. You can call the HOPElineUK on 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm).

Rethink Mental Illness offers support and advice for people living with mental illness or call 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4 pm).

The Men's Health Forum offers 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

The Samaritans provide emotional support for anyone in emotion distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide or call 116 123.

The Silver Line offers help and support for older people or call 0800 470 8090.

Concerned about someone you know?

Young Minds runs a free, confidential helpline for parents and carers who are worried about a child or young person. Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4 pm).

Time to change has lots of advice on how to start a conversation about mental health. It also has useful tips on listening to someone if they decide to talk to you about their mental health issues.

Worried about work?

The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions. It aims to make sure more people who have mental health conditions can overcome them and stay in work. The service is free and delivered by Able Futures whose mental health professionals could give you nine months of mental health support, to help you cope with work while you manage a mental health condition.

Want to practice positivity at home?

We have pulled together a list of apps and websites to support good mental health while staying at home.

Need help for a mental health emergency? 

If you need help during a mental health crisis or emergency, NHS urgent mental health helplines provide:


  • 24-hour advice and support - for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for
  • help to speak to a mental health professional 
  • an assessment to help decide on the best course of care

Find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline.