Christmas and mental health
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Age Cymru (Wales)
0808 801 0677 (England)
0808 801 0433 (Wales)
Offers information and advice on eating disorders, and runs a supportive online community. Also provides a directory of support services at HelpFinder.
Beat's helplines are open 365 days a year from 1pm to 9pm during the week, and 5pm to 9pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
CALM's helpline and webchat are open from 5pm to midnight, every day of the year.
The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends helpline is open from 10am to 4pm, and 7pm to 10pm, every day of the year.
Cruse Bereavement Support
The Cruse helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 9:30am. The closing time varies per day, from 5pm to 8pm. You can check Cruse's helplines page for more information about their opening hours.
The MoneyHelper helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. The helpline is closed on bank holidays.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
The NAPAC helpline is open 10am to 9pm, Monday to Thursday. And 10am to 6pm on Fridays.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247
Free 24-hour helpline for women who have experienced domestic abuse and violence, with all female advisors. Also offers a live chat and can help to find refuge accommodation. Run by the domestic violence charity Refuge.
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They also have a BSL helpline available Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm. And a live webchat open Monday to Friday, 3pm to 10pm.
Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.
Provides help and support with relationships, including counselling and telephone support.
116 123 (freephone)
Freepost SAMARITANS LETTERS
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).
Samaritans' helplines are open every day of the year.
Shout are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Charity supporting adults who are estranged (not in contact) from their family.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
Emotional and practical support and local groups for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide.
Information and support for people affected by stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth.
This information was published in November 2023. We will revise it in 2024.
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