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free professional Counselling, and support for young people facing emotional distress and difficulties with THEIR MENTAL health and wellbeing

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Counsellors throughout UK.

  • Action on Depression (Scotland): Telephone information and other support for people affected by depression. Information about symptoms and treatment, listening support and signposting to other agencies.
  • Association for Post Natal Illness: To advise and support women suffering from post natal illness. Running a network of volunteers to support sufferers throughout the UK.
    Tel: 020 7386 0868 Web: 
  • Aware Defeat Depression: Support, information or a listening ear for all those affected by depressive illnesses.(area served N.Ireland) Tel: 08451 202961 Web:
  • Bipolar UK: Advice and information for people with manic depression and their families, carers and mental health professionals. Supply a range of information leaflets, books and tapes. Network of self help groups for people with manic depression, relatives and friends. Self management training programme.
    020 7931 6480 Web:  
  • Breathing Space: Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone line for people in Scotland who are experiencing low mood or depression. Breathing Space is available to the public every day of the year, 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday–6am Monday) and 6pm-2am (Monday-Thursday).
    0800 83 85 87 (Area served SCOTLAND) Web: 
  • CALL Community Advice and Listening Line (Wales): Mental health helpline for Wales providing confidential listening support service.  Tel: 0800 132737 Web: 
  • Calmzone: Campaign Against Living Miserably. Help and support for young men aged 15-35 on issues which include depression and suicide.
    0800 585858 Web: 
  • Childline: 0800 1111 Web:
  • Directory and Book Services: Wide range of books including those on depression, self esteem assertiveness, self harm, child abuse.
    07854 653118 Web:
  • Depression Alliance: Also offer a range of information on depression and treatment options. National network of self help groups for people experiencing depression. National pen friend scheme offering support and fellowship to people with depression and their carers. Quarterly newsletter, booklets and leaflets on depression. Web:
  • Depression UK: Wide self help organisation made up of individual members and groups which meet locally on a regular basis for mutual support. £10 yearly membership (reductions for those who cannot afford that amount). Self Help Nottingham, Ormiston House, 32-36 Pelham Street, Nottingham NG1 2EG UK
    Email: Web:
  • Get Connected:Free telephone and email helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem. Can connect a child or young person to any UK helpline where appropriate. 
    0808 808 4994 Web: 
  • Health in Mind (Scotland): Promotes positive mental health and well being in Scotland. Provides a wide range of services including support, respite, befriending, day services, counselling/talking therapies, face to face and on telephone.
    0131 225 8508 Web:
  • Lifeline (N.Ireland): For anyone in N.Ireland who is in distress or despair. Immediate help on phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Face to face counselling can be arranged, also befriending, mentoring. Issues dealt with include suicide prevention, self harm, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety. 
    Run by Contact N.Ireland independent counselling service employing professional qualified counselors who have extensive experience of working with people facing a wide range of problems, free to all users.
    0808 808 8000 Web: 
  • The Maytree: Sanctuary for the suicidal offering befriending and support (based in N.London).
    020 7263 7070 Web: 
  • The Mental Health Foundation: Publish a booklet 'Understanding Depression'. Web: 
  • Mind (National Association for Mental Health): Publish booklets relating to Depression.
    0300 123 3393 Web: 
  • Mood Swings: National Helpline and online support providing free and confidential information, advice and support to people with mood disorders, family, friends and health and social care professionals. Also one to one, support groups, workshops at Centre in Manchester.
    0161 832 3736 Web:
  • Muslim Youth Helpline: Helpline providing culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth under the age of 25. Outreach services including family mediation, face to face counselling and befriending. (Area served London)
    0808 808 2008 Web: 
  • National Youth Advocacy Service: Provides information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to young people up to the age of 25 through a network of advocates throughout England and Wales. Tel: 0808 808 1001 Email: Web: 
  • SAD Association: To inform the public about seasonal affective disorder. To support and advise sufferers of the illness. Limited light box hire scheme. Supply contacts list for members.
  • Samaritans:
    Helpline: 116 123 (free of charge from a landline or mobile) 
  • Coram Voice: Telephone advice, information and advocacy services for children in care. Helpline for care leavers - 0808 100 3224. Visiting advocacy service for children in secure units and other residential homes. Tel: 0808 800 5792 Web:

Useful websites

    Improving mental health and emotional well being. - Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. Blurt will help you understand depression and what it means for you. They offer a listening ear and support and access to a facebook group offering peer support.
  • – the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Awareness of the signs of depression, information and resources
  • – An interactive site with resources for young people with depression, using self help ideas and relaxation techniques
  • Trained student volunteers provide emotional support to students. Operating in the night when many other university services are closed.
  • A website for all men who suffer from depression or anxiety from all round the world. Support group for men with mental health issues in Abergavenny Monmouthshire, Wales. The organisation is also interested in creating dialog with women who know a man who has suffered or currently suffers from a mental health issue. - A site which explores the relationship of what you eat and how you feel
  • - Information and support for those suffering from depression (American site)
  • -Information relating to mental health, depression, stress and anxiety
  • – Online training programme using cognitive behavioural therapy for preventing depression
  • - Lots of useful information
  • - Day to day support service and crisis support to help reduce suicide, depression and other stress related illnesses to service users who are in need of emotional support and encouragement. Instant online support for any person who may be experiencing something in their life which they may be finding difficult to cope with. Also peer to peer support facilitated and monitored through facebook by trained admins where service users support each other through discussion, topics and open forums
  • - Depression help and advice
  • - Self help guides under mental health leaflets on depression
  • (American site) - Online support group for people with manic depression (bipolar disorder)
  • - Website set up by women who are suffering or have suffered with post natal illness, information, email support partner, chatroom
  • - Site contains excellent information and help for anyone feeling depressed
  • - Click on 'medical conditions', click on 'mental health', then 'depression' for information
  • - Supportive site for men who suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts
  • -Support and campaigning on behalf of children in care (not a crisis service)


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