Mental Health helplines & online resources

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Make a Difference

That’s us: A community mental health charity and wellbeing hub based in Tavistock, Devon. We’re here to provide friendship, support and a listening ear, as well as support and advice to help you with the practical side of life, when you are living with a mental illness.

 

You can contact us on 01822 613746 or via email at hello@makeadifferencetavistock.online.

Anxiety UK

A charity providing support for people diagnosed with an anxiety-related condition.

Helpline: 03444 775 774

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. It has an e-community you can register to join, for peer-to-peer support.

Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a charity with a focus on suicide prevention and support for men who are struggling with their mental health. It offers a helpline or webchat option from 5pm to midnight every day.


Phone: 0800 58 58 58

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Devon Recovery Learning Community

A resource provided by the Devon NHS Trust that provides information and courses to help you better understand and cope with a mental illness, and find creative and inspiring ways to cope, heal and achieve personal growth.

Among its resources are online courses and YouTube tutorials to support you through lockdown.

Website: devonrlc.co.uk

CLIC

This is free-to join online support community, which you can access via your computer or smartphone. It provides chat rooms and forums to talk with other people about how you're feeling. It aims to help you feel less alone in your mental health, by connecting with other people who identify with what you're going through.

Clic is supported by trained staff and volunteers to help keep you safe and is part of national charity Mental Health UK.

 

Website: clic-uk.org

Men's Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental health and money advice

This website has lots of useful free tools and information if you're facing money issues. from managing your money and bills, to finding out about working or welfare benefits claims, and how to seek help if you are struggling with debt.

Helpful features also include a section on accessing social and private mental health care and services,

You'll also find information in user-friendly language about the Government's breathing space scheme, for people who are in debt.

Website: www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org

Mental Health Foundation

Information and support for people with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind

Provides information about mental health conditions, with an information line providing advice on the steps you can take to seek help.

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Moodgym

A secure and confidential online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program, to help you cope with the symptoms of anxiety or depression.

As a mental health support charity, Make a Difference can provide you with a code to subscribe to Moodgym for free.  Read more about it here or contact us on  01882 613746 or message us via email.

Website: www.moodgym.com.au

No Panic

A mental health charity with online resources including recorded messages to talk you through and help you cope, during a panic attack.


Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action

Online information, resources and a confidential weekday helpline to help you cope with OCD. Calls to its helpline cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's access charge.

Helpline:  0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). 

Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice about practical day-to-day living issues, from benefits to care and medication, for people living with a mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans

A free helpline available 24-7 offering confidential support to anyone in distress.


Phone: 116 123 

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people with a mental illness, their families and carers.  This charity offers support over-the-phone, text or email and email support from 4.30pm to 10.30pm every day. There's also an online forum where you can chat with people who are supporting each other in their mental health.

 

Since lockdown, the SANEline helpline has been replaced by a callback service. Call and leave a message,  giving your first name and a contact number. It aims for one of its mental health professionals or a trained volunteer to call you back as soon as possible.

Website: www.sane.org.uk

SANEline: 07984 967 708 (4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Shout 85258

Text SHOUT to 85258 to access this free and confidential mental health support service at any time of night or day.  Give Us a Shout's trained volunteers offer support if you are struggling to cope with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bullying and panic attacks. This charity aims to respond as quickly as possible to your text and to get a supportive conversation going, when you need help.

Website: giveusashout.org/

Veterans

Adjusting to civilian life after service in the Armed Forces may mean that you could benefit from support with your mental wellbeing, physical recuperation, career opportunities, housing, or financial health.

There are many UK-based charities that provide Armed Forces veterans with support, advice and help.

Lily Jones, the granddaughter of a veteran, has compiled a comprehensive directory, with details and links to a host of charities and organisations with a mission to support ex-service men and women through the challenges they may face.

Website: businesscostsaver.co.uk/guide-for-veterans/