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National helplines and support services

There are a number of organisations across the UK that have dedicated support helplines to help you when you need it most.

  • Emotional support
  • Parenting support
  • Strategies and guidance
  • Crisis helplines
  • Understanding difficult feelings
  • Tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing
  • Looking after your practical needs

Action For Children

Published on 20 October 2021

Offers parenting support including an advice service for parents of 0-19 year olds

Shout – Support via text message

Published on 28 September 2021

Text SHOUT to 85258 a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. You don’t have to hide behind a smile – whatever’s going on, letting it out can help. Text us anytime for free, to talk with a trained volunteer who’ll help you feel calmer.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) Helpline & WebChat

Published on 28 September 2021

Our helpline and webchat are open 365 days a year, offering practical suggestions for all of life’s problems – whether that’s anxiety, relationship concerns, health worries, money worries or suicidal thoughts. 0800 58 58 58, (5pm to midnight every day).


Published on 28 September 2021

0300 304 7000 for anyone experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else (4.30pm to 10.30pm, every day).

Mind Infoline

Published on 28 September 2021

0300 1233393 for information and signposting (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)

Mind – Coronavirus – Easy read

Published on 28 September 2021

Easy read top tips for coping with the pandemic

Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Published on 28 September 2021

Understanding difficult feelings.
Tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing.
Looking after your practical needs.
Further advice and support.

The PDA society

Published on 28 September 2021

PDA, Pathological Demand Avoidance is where individuals share characteristics with others on the spectrum and also have a distinct cluster of additional traits.
Information, support, training, raising awareness, promoting acceptance, empowering people.


Published on 28 September 2021

Autism and Aspergers forum – Start a new discussion relating to autism or Aspergers or take a look at the posts below on autism diagnosis, support and related issues.


Published on 28 September 2021

Samaritans is a Helpline that provides someone to listen to you and a be able to talk through any worries, concerns or troubles you may have. You can call any time, day or night.
Helpline number – Call 116 123 for free