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NHS urgent mental health helplines
The NHS runs a number of local urgent mental health support lines. They are often open 24 hours a day and are suitable for people of all ages, including children.
Free listening services
There are several charities and organisations who run free listening services. If you need someone to talk to, you can speak to trained professionals through these services and get confidential advice.
Calling Samaritans is free and available 24 hours a day. They also have an email service if you’d prefer to write rather than talk.
Shout crisis line
You can text Shout for a conversation at any time. It’s free and confidential.
For children and young people
You can access bespoke support services for children and young people.
For under 19s. You can call Childline at almost any time (there’s just a few hours in the early morning that it isn’t open) or have a 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor online.
Shout crisis line
Shout also have a service for young people. Under 19s can text at any time of the day for a conversation.
Other support lines
There’s plenty of other helplines and infolines you can contact for advice and support. Check the individual sites for opening hours and more details about the service.
For general information and signposting on many aspects of mental health
(Campaign Against Living Miserably) For those who identify as male
Mind legal line
For legal information and advice on mental health related law
For those under 35
For those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender
If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting others
For those under 25
There are loads of charities and organisations who can offer advice on mental health, and support for yourself or a loved one.