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People who can help

If you need support, advice or someone to talk to about anything you’ve experienced or seen on this site, you can find a number of different services on this page.

Young Minds

Works on empowering children and young people with mental health problems, providing them with the tools to look after their mental health. Provides help and support for parents and careers through the Parents Helpline. Provides training and resources to anyone who works with children and young people. Produces easy-to-read publications.

Text Young Minds Crisis Messenger for free 24/7 support: 85258

Beat ED

Beat are the UK’s eating disorder charity. They were founded in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, and their mission is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.


PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.

Call: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07860039967


Talk ED

Talk ED is a national charity supporting anyone affected by any eating disorder or eating distress. We will meet you wherever you are in your journey, with personalised support. You can book a personalised 1:1 support via telephone, video or online chat here:


If you are struggling to cope and need to talk, trained Shout Volunteers are available day or night. Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text from wherever in the UK. They can help with issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relationship problems
  • Bullying

Text: 85258 (available 24/7)



Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK was formed in 1970, since then they have grown to become a national organisation with an international reach, whilst retaining a user-ed ethos – being run by and for those with anxiety. They help people and support them in finding ways to control anxiety. Their services include providing self-help groups and support to access therapy.

Helpline: 03444 775 774 (open Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm)

Text support: 07537 416 905

Childline (NSPCC)

Free and confidential support and advice to anyone under 19 years old in the UK. Trained counsellors are available at any time by phone or email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. ChildLine is confidential, but if they are very worried about your safety because the situation you say you are in makes them think your life or the life of someone else is being threatened, they will talk to you about the need for other people to know. Your ChildLine counsellor will only take action if they feel it’s an emergency.


Grassroots is a UK leader in suicide prevention – helping create safe spaces in our communities for lifesaving conversations about suicide. They support people to develop the skills and confidence required to save lives. They work locally and nationally with communities, organisations and individuals, helping them to become ready, willing and able to effectively support someone at risk of suicide, experiencing a mental health problem, or someone who self-harms. Whilst they do not provide crisis services themselves, they instead help people to find appropriate helplines, websites, and other resources that can help .