Online mental health

Explains the benefits and challenges to your mental health of being online, and gives ideas for looking after yourself online and getting support. Also provides information on staying safe online and getting the balance right between your online and offline life.

Your stories

How online community helped me

Rhiannon found positivity in online community during her recovery from depression and PTSD, but she also has a few words of wisdom to share in this blog

Posted on 20/08/2018

When I found Elefriends, I finally found the support I needed

Scottishangel blogs about her journey toward finding Elefriends and the support it gives.

Posted on 11/12/2013

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Action Fraud

0300 123 2040

Reporting service for online fraud and cyber crime.


Beat Message Boards

Message boards providing support for anyone affected by an eating disorder.


Big White Wall

Online mental health and wellbeing community. You need a paid subscription or NHS referral to join, although it is free for people living in some areas.


Bipolar UK eCommunity

Supportive online community for everyone affected by bipolar disorder.


British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300

Provides a directory of accredited therapists.


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Webchat 5pm - midnight every day for men looking for emotional support.



A safe and supportive online community where you can listen, share and be heard.


Friends in Need

A safe, free online community for people affected by depression.


Get Safe Online

Information and advice on online safety.


Hafal Clic

A bilingual online community for people based in Wales affected by mental health problems.


Mind - Your Stories

Mind's blogs and stories by people affected by mental health problems.


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Information and clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for mental health problems.


Information on health conditions and available services.


NHS Apps Library

A directory of apps that can help you manage and support your physical and mental health.



[email protected]

24-hour advice and support for any adult worried about a child.


NSPCC Net Aware

Information about online safety for parents of children under 18.



116 123 (Freephone)
[email protected]

PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA

24-hour emotional support for anyone feeling down or struggling to cope.


Sane Support Forum

Mental health forum for discussion and mutual support.


Time To Change

Blogs about issues relating to mental health, and guidance about how to write safe online content about self-harm, suicide and eating disorders.


UK Safer Internet Centre

Tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.


United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955

Provides a directory of accredited psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.


Victim Support 24/7

08 08 16 89 111

Support for victims of crime, including online crime and abuse.



This information was published in September 2018 - to be revised in 2021. References are available on request. If you would like to reproduce any of this information see our page on permissions and licensing. 

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