Mental health problems – an introduction

Explains what mental health problems are, what may cause them, and the many different kinds of help, treatment and support that are available. Also provides guidance on where to find more information, and tips for friends and family.

Your stories

We've come so far, but got so far to go

Juliette blogs about stigma and misunderstanding and why it's time to change attitudes.

Juliette Burton
Posted on 16/07/2015

How are you?

Claire blogs about the question 'How are you?' and why we should answer honestly.


Posted on 11/05/2015

Tom and Morgan's epic fundraising cycle

Tom and Morgan have set out on a 2000-mile bike ride from Hanoi to Singapore to raise money for mental health.

Posted on 27/03/2015

Useful contacts

Anxiety UK

anxietyuk.org.uk

08444 775 774

Advice and support for people living with anxiety.

 

b-eat

b-eat.co.uk

Adult helpline: 0808 801 0677

Youthline: 0808 801 0711

Supporting people affected by eating disorders

 

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

itsgoodtotalk.org.uk

01455 883 300

Information and details of accredited practitioners.

 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

thecalmzone.net

0800 58 58 58

Information and support for men.

 

Carers UK

carersuk.org

0808 808 7777
Independent information and support for carers.

 

Disability Rights UK

disabilityrightsuk.org

Information and support for people living with a disability, including contact details of local disability groups.

 

FRANK

talktofrank.com

0300 123 6600

Confidential drugs advice and information.

 

Hafal

hafal.org

Welsh charity for people with serious mental illness and their carers. Provides information and recovery support services all around Wales.

 

Hearing Voices Network

hearing-voices.org

01142 718 210
Information and support for people who hear voices or have other unshared perceptions.

 

MindOut

mindout.org.uk

Brighton-based mental health charity, offering information and support for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ. Offers online chat and peer support.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

nice.org.uk
Evidence-based guidelines on treatments.

 

NHS Choices

nhs.uk

Provides information on a wide range of health and social care topics. Also provides an online search tool to find NHS services near you.

 

No Panic

nopanic.org.uk

helpline: 0844 967 4848 (10am–10pm)
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for people with anxiety disorders.

 

PAPYRUS

papyrus-uk.org

HOPELineUK: 0800 068 41 41

Runs a helpline for young people under 35 who are experiencing suicidal feelings.

 

Samaritans

samaritans.org

24-hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)
jo@samaritans.org

Freepost: RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 90 90, Stirling FK8 2SA

Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.

 

Sane

sane.org.uk

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm)

Offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems.

 

Student Minds

studentminds.org.uk

Mental health support for students.

 

Time to Change

England: time-to-change.org.uk

Wales: timetochangewales.org.uk

020 8215 2356

National campaign to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems in England (Time to Change) and Wales (Time to Change Wales). Run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

 

Turning Point

turning-point.co.uk

02074 817 600
Provides services for people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.

 

YoungMinds

youngminds.org.uk

parent helpline: 0808 802 5544

Information for both parents and young people.


This information was published in October 2017 – to be revised in 2020. 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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