Seeking help for a mental health problem

A guide to taking the first steps, making empowered decisions and getting the right support for you.

Your stories

What is mental health and mental wellbeing?

Taryn blogs about mental health and wellbeing. What do they mean to you?

Taryn Ozorio
Posted on 24/01/2011

The importance of choice – access to talking therapies

Al blogs for us about the importance of choice and having access to the right talking therapy to suit you.

Posted on 02/12/2013

Talking made me feel less alone

Jess blogs about her experience of opening up about her mental health and the support she received as a result

Posted on 06/02/2014

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 88 33 00
BACP is the membership body for counsellors and therapists. They provide information on different types of therapy and you can search for a therapist by area.


C.A.L.L Mental Health Helpline

24 hour free helpline: 0800 132 737

Text: 81066

Offers emotional support and mental health information for people living in Wales.


CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight)
Listening services, information and support for men who feel down or are in crisis.


A place to share experiences and hear from other people facing health problems.


Hub of Hope

A searchable online database set up by Chasing the Stigma to help you find grassroots support services near you. You can find out more from Chasing the Stigma's website.

NHS 111

Call: 111
Advice in England when you need medical help fast but it's not an emergency.


NHS Choices service finder
Search facility which allows you to look for a health service, including a GP, in your area.


NHS Direct Wales

0845 46 47
Health advice and information service available 24 hours a day, every day for people living in Wales.
Offers information about healthcare. Has a directory of health professionals, including information about private healthcare and professional qualifications.



24-hour freephone helpline: 116 123

[email protected]

PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA

24-hour emotional support for anyone struggling to cope.

Professional organisations

General Medical Council (GMC)
Provides information about standards for doctors, and runs the UK medical register which doctors must be registered on to practice medicine.


Information Standard
Certification programme for all organisations who produce healthcare information for the public.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

0845 003 7780
A clinical standards body which provides evidence-based guidance on conditions and treatments for health care professionals and also for the public.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Professional body which regulates and registers all nurses and midwives.

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