for better mental health

Antidepressants

Explains what antidepressants are, how they work, possible side effects and information about withdrawal.

Mind's services

  • Helplines – our Infolines provide information and support by phone, email and text.
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services across England and Wales. These might be talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side – our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

Anxiety UK

03444 775 774 (helpline) 
07537 416 905 (text)
anxietyuk.org.uk
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.

Beat

0808 801 0677 (adult helpline)
0808 801 0711 (youthline)
0808 801 0811 (studentline)
beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Offers information on eating disorders and runs a supportive online community. Also provides a directory of support services at helpfinder.

British National Formulary (BNF)

bnf.org
Publication listing recommendations for the use of medications and medical treatments in the UK. Information about specific medications, including their recommended use, side effects and safety guidance, is available at bnf.nice.org.uk.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

0800 58 58 58 (UK helpline)
0808 802 58 58 (London helpline)
thecalmzone.net
Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide, including a web chat.

Depression UK

depressionuk.org
Depression self-help organisation made up of individuals and local groups.

Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

gov.uk/government/organisations/medicines-and-healthcare-products-regulatory-agency
Government agency responsible for regulating medicines and medical devices in the UK. Provides an online library of medication Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) at products.mhra.gov.uk.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

nice.org.uk
Produces guidelines on best practice in healthcare.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

rcpsych.ac.uk
Professional body for psychiatrists. Includes information about mental health problems and treatments.

Samaritans

116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
samaritans.org

Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK)

topuk.org
Provides self-help therapy groups and support for those with OCD, phobias and related anxiety disorders.

This information was published in September 2020. We will revise it in 2023.

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