Free UK Telephone & Online Counseling and Listening Services:
To talk about anything that is troubling you:
Experiencing mental health issue of supporting someone with one:
SANEline (https://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline) – 4:30pm-10:30pm every day – 0300 304 7000
The Mix (https://www.themix.org.uk/) (for under 25’s) – Sunday to Friday 2pm-11pm – 0808 808 4994 - Email them or use their crisis text message service here - https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team/email-us
Struggling with suicidal thoughts and feeling, or concerned about someone experiencing this:
Papyrus HOPELINEUK (https://www.papyrus-uk.org/) – weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm – 0800 068 4141 – or text on 07786 209 697
NHS Breathing Space (https://breathingspace.scot/) – Scotland only – Monday-Thursday 6pm-2am – Weekend Friday 6pm-Monday 6am
Mental health support for men:
Brothers In Arms (https://www.brothersinarmsscotland.co.uk/) – use their app to support men with suicidal thoughts here https://www.brothersinarmsscotland.co.uk/apps/brothers-stayalive/ - Use their app to support men with stress here https://www.brothersinarmsscotland.co.uk/apps/brothers-thrive/
Mental health support for students:
Night Line (https://www.nightline.ac.uk/want-to-talk/) – will inform you if your university offers a telephone therapy service
Mental health support for the LGBTQ+ community:
Switchboard (https://switchboard.lgbt/) – everyday 10am-10pm – 0300 330 0630 – phone operators all identify as LGBTQ+
For general enquiries about mental health or where to access more support:
Mind Info Line (https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/) – 0300 123 3393
What if you cannot access the helpline of your choosing or they are closed?
Sarmatians are open 24 hours per day, you can access their details above.
NHS 111 – catered to assist with mental health emergencies as well as other health issues
If you feel you are suffering from a mental health issue, or experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, it is imperative that you contact your GP immediately. If those suicidal thoughts or feelings are immediate, for you or someone you know, then contact an ambulance or NHS 24 (https://www.nhs24.scot/) – 111. The services listed above are not therapeutic services, they are primarily listening services or signposting services.