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Hoarding

Explains what hoarding is, possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping someone who is hoarding, as well as helping yourself.

Mind's services

  • Mind's helplines provide information and support by phone and email.
  • Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations for hoarding

Age Cymru (Wales)

0300 303 44 98
ageuk.org.uk/cymru
Information and support for older people in Wales.

Age UK (England)

0800 678 1602 
ageuk.org.uk
Information and support for older people.

British Psychological Society (BPS)

bps.org.uk
Information about psychology, including a list of chartered psychologists.

Help for Hoarders

helpforhoarders.co.uk
Help for people experiencing hoarding and their families, including support groups and an online forum.

Hoarding Disorders UK

0330 133 2310
hoardingdisordersuk.org
Support for people affected by hoarding, including support groups.

Hoarding UK

020 3239 1600
hoardinguk.org
Support for people affected by hoarding, including support groups.

Law Centres Network

lawcentres.org.uk
Information about Law Centres, which defend the legal rights of people who can't afford a lawyer. Includes a searchable directory.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

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

NHS UK

nhs.uk
Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.

OCD Action

0300 636 5478
ocdaction.org.uk
Information and support for people affected by OCD and hoarding, including online forums and local support groups.

Rainbow Red

07931 303310
rainbowred.co.uk
Provides an ice breaker form for people wanting to seek help with hoarding.

Relate

relate.org.uk
Provides help and support with relationships, including counselling and telephone support.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

rspca.org.uk
Animal charity working to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to animals in England and Wales.

Samaritans

116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]
Freepost SAMARITANS LETTERS
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).

The Silver Line

0800 4 70 80 90
thesilverline.org.uk
Provides support, information, friendship and advice for older people (over 55) who may feel lonely or isolated.

This information was published in February 2022. We will revise it in 2025.

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