HELPLINES/CHARITIES/USEFUL LINKS

If you’d like your organisation to be added to the list please do get in touch via the contact page

http://beneaththeskinonline.org

Beneath The Skin offers relationship and resources to teens and young adults through mentoring and community. Through these relationships and resources we work to decrease common struggles such as anxiety, isolation, self harm, etc. and increase self worth, social ability, and overall mental health.

Safe gigs for women is an initiative established by regular gig goers with the aim of creating a safer environment for women at gigs. https://sgfw.org.uk

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

Scope is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. www.scope.org.uk

http://attitudeiseverything.org.uk

LOUD WOMEN is a group for all those who support putting women on stage, and turning up the volume. It’s a not-for-profit initiative run by Cassie Fox of GUTTFULL, with help from some brilliant friends.

Join the Facebook group – www.facebook.com/groups/loudwomen
Or like the Facebook page – www.facebook.com/loudwomen
Follow us on Twitter – @LOUDWOMENclub
Do whatever it is you do on Instagram – @LOUDWOMEN
Email LOUDWOMENclub@gmail.com

Music Support are a registered charity, founded in April 2016 by UK music industry professionals, providing help and support for individuals in any area of the UK music industry suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues. Our 24/7 telephone helpline offers peer support and access to mutual aid groups. We do not give medical or clinical advice over the phone. However through our network of consultants and practitioners we are able to signpost to appropriate professional clinical treatment where necessary.

http://www.musicsupport.org

The Hummingbird Project.  (The Project) is an independent and registered Community Interest Company. The Project directors have over 20 years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector specifically within mental health. We have a keen interest in recovery and working collectively within local communities, using a community development approach, to improve peoples’ mental health, life circumstances and reduce stigma.

https://thehummingbirdproject.org.uk

Girls Against is a campaign fighting against sexual harassment and sexual assault in the live music community.
http://girlsagainst.org.uk

We are dedicated to providing support, raising awareness and promoting positivity, primarily for:Arthritic / Rheumatic Condition’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic,Widespread Pain,Fibromyalgia ,Irritable Bowel Syndrome,Ménière’s Syndrome,M. E. Myalgic Encephalopathy,Myofascial Pain,Seasonal Affective Disorder,Trigeminal Neuralgia

But You Don’t Look Sick

The mission of ButYouDontLookSick.com is to help everyone with a chronic illness or invisible disability, in order for them to live their lives to the fullest and not feel isolated and alone

http://www.butyoudontlooksick.co.uk

The Invisible Disabilities® Association is about believing. We believe you! The frequently invisible nature of illness and pain may lead to disbelief about that illness or pain by those surrounding the person who lives daily with invisible disabilities. This disbelief can lead to misunderstandings, rejection by friends, family and heath care providers. It may also lead to accusations of laziness or faking an illness. We are passionate about providing awareness that invisible illness, pain and disabilities are very real! Our mission is to encourage, educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Envision with us, a world where people living with illness, pain and disability will be Invisible No More®

https://invisibledisabilities.org

Molly’s Fund

It is their mission to educate the public and inform the medical community about lupus, push for earlier, life-saving diagnosis for those afflicted, and to spur governments and foundations to fund research toward a cure.

http://www.mollysfund.org

https://www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog/understanding-invisible-illnesses

Better Help (online counselling) Making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient – so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.

https://www.betterhelp.com

RETHINK
Tel: 0300 5000 927
Help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing liveshttps://www.rethink.org/

Time to Change is England’s most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Our vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination and to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health.
time-to-change.org.uk

Bi-Polar UK

BiPolar UK is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives.
Tel: 0333 323 3880
bipolaruk.org.uk

The Schizophrenia Association UK

The SAGB was the first Association for schizophrenia to be formed in the UK, was one of the first in the world and now has members all over the world. We are here to offer help to everyone who needs information and support, as a sufferer, a relative, friend of a sufferer, carer or medical worker.sagb.co.uk

SANEline
0300 304 7000
SANEline is a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems. sane.org.uk

Moodjuice
moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk
The site is designed to offer information, advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions. From the site you are able to print off various self-help guides covering conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic and sleep problems.

Mind
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393
mind.org.uk
Elefriends online support community
Seasonal Affective Disorder
The Mind InfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.

SADA (Seasonal Affective Disorder Association)
contact@sada.org.uk
sada.org.uk
SADA offers support and information to sufferers of SAD and Winter Blues. We are a self-financing organisation and registered Charity, run by a Committee of Volunteers , most of us are SAD sufferers. We aim to support and advise people with SAD and disseminate information via the media and our website.

No Panic
Helpline: 0800 138 8889
We are a voluntary charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillisers. No Panic specialises in self-help through telephone recovery groups.

nopanic.org.uk

ChildLine
Helpline: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards . You can contact ChildLine about anything – no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone, you can contact ChildLine.

childline.org.uk

YoungMinds
Helpline: 0800 018 2138
Parents’ Information Service gives advice to parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional well being of a child or young person.

youngminds.org.uk

Mindfull.org
Are you feeling down, depressed or worried? Is your mind full of negative thoughts or questions? Do you want to talk about your mental health? If so, MindFull is the place for you! MindFull is a brilliant new service for 11-17 year olds, providing support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing; helping you to overcome life’s ups and downs and feel confident and happy about who you are. You choose the type of support you receive and, because MindFull is online, you can get it whenever you want it, wherever you are. MindFull is here to help you get better; and we’ll also give you tools and tips to help you get through those tough times that may arise in the future. We know that asking for help is not always easy, but MindFull is a safe and trustworthy space where you can choose the right support for you.

mindfull.org

Get Connected
Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (1pm – 11pm)
getconnected.org
Confidential National helpline for young people under 25 helps them work out what they need most. Can put them in touch with places that can help – whatever the issue.

Papyrus
Papyrus HOPElineUK: 0800 068 41 41
papyrus-uk.org
Support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults.

Students Against Depression
Developed in consultation with students who have been affected by depression, low mood or suicidal thoughts. Many of their stories and suggestions are included on the site.

studentdepression.org

Campaign Against Living Miserably
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58

thecalmzone.net
Support for young men under 35 suffering from depression.

Aware Defeat Depression
Helpline: 08451 202 961
Provides information and support to people affected by depression in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

aware-ni.org

Friends in Need
Good friends who understand depression can be a life-line. Friends in Need is a free and supportive community for everyone affected by depression, so you don’t have to go through it alone. You can find new friends in your local area and online, so you’ll always have a safe and friendly space when you need it most. And it’s not just about talking. Friends in Need is inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, simple ideas we can all try in our everyday lives to help us feel good and function well. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are, Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, and Give. It means you’ll find fun and uplifting ways to get better, stay well and to help support others.

friendsinneed.co.uk

Depression UK
depressionuk.org
The mission of Depression UK is to promote mutual support between individuals affected by or at risk from depression, with the aim of encouraging self help, recovery and personal growth. We believe our members are helped when they share their problems with fellow sufferers, because they understand, better than any non-depressed professional or carer can ever do, what it really feels like to suffer from depression. These members can then share their thoughts, feelings, hopes, disappointments and successes, and in so doing offer mutual support to each other.

OvercomeDepression.co.uk
Offers a unique and clear reference point on depression help and advice from experts in the field.

overcomedepression.co.uk

The Samaritans
Tel: 116 123 (Free)
samaritans.org
Whatever you’re going through, we’re here to help 24 hours a day. We won’t judge you and we won’t share what you tell us with anyone else. Get in touch by telephone, email, letter and face to face in the UK andIreland. Visit befrienders.org if you live outside the UK or Ireland.

The Mix
Tel: 0808 808 4994

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all. So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome. We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs. We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.

themix.org.uk

Be Mindful
Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that can help you change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships. It’s proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.

bemindful.co.uk

Sexual Abuse Referral Centres – Find a SARC
Find a SARC
SARCs are specialist medical and forensic services for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. They aim to be one-stop service, providing the following under one roof: medical care and forensic examination following assault/rape and, in some locations, sexual health services. Medical Services are free of charge and provided to women, men, young people and children.

NSPCC
Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (24 hours, every day)
nspcc.org.uk
Report a concern
Child grooming
UK’s leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The free helpline is for anyone, children or adults, concerned about a child at risk of abuse. The NSPCC also runs high profile campaigns for children’s rights, such as Full Stop and administers 180 regional teams and projects, and conducts research into child abuse and its effects.

Rape Crisis
Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30)
rapecrisis.org.uk
National organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse.
See website for local groups or contact directory enquiries.

Victim Support
Supportline: 0808 168 9111
Rape and sexual assault
Our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who’s been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past. We can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack. Our volunteers can visit you at home (if you want us to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer. If you don’t want to see anyone face-to-face, you can also talk to us on the phone, either at one of our local offices or at the national Victim Supportline.

RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre)
National Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)
rasasc.org.uk
National helpline for survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, their families and friends. Provides emotional and practical support.

rasasc.org.uk

Women Against Rape
womenagainstrape.net
This is the joint website of Women Against Rape and Black Women’s Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.
womenagainstrape.net

The Survivors Trust
Helpline: 0808 801 0818
Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status. Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.

http://thesurvivorstrust.org

Women’s Aid Federation
National Domestic Violence Helpline (24hrs): 0808 2000 247
Sexual violence
Women’s Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. We work to end violence against women and children, and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

womensaid.org.uk

For Men
Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support
survivorsuk.org
If you have been subjected to male rape or sexual abuse, one of your biggest challenges will be taking the decision to talk to someone. At Survivors UK we know this can seem an enormous and daunting step. Anxiety and fear are among the most common emotions experienced by the abused. But these feelings do become easier and people can, and do, successfully go on to explore their past and its links with today in making sense of recurring problems. We offer emotional support by our Chat Service and SMS and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

Rape Crisis
Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)
rapecrisis.org.uk

National Organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse.

Victim Support
Supportline: 0808 168 9111
Rape or sexual assault: information for men
Our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who’s been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past. We can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack. Our volunteers can visit you at home (if you want us to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer. If you don’t want to see anyone face-to-face, you can also talk to us on the ‘phone, either at one of our local offices or at the national Victim Supportline.
Rape, Sexual Abuse & Personal Safety Abroad

Rape Crisis Network Europe

RCNE is the network of European rape crisis centres. We aim to make sure that anyone who experiences sexual violence can get the help they need. We are active in influencing policy, standards and legislation through European governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
All member centres share a ‘survivor-centred’ and anti-discriminatory approach.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office – Rape & Sexual Assault Abroad – A Guide
Foreign and Commonwealth Office – rape and sexual assault abroad
Advice on what you should do if you are sexually assaulted whilst abroad, including how the local Embassy can help.

rcne.com

Personal Safety Advice

When travelling abroad, most people are keen to relax and unwind. Travellers, tourists and foreign businessmen and women can be prime targets for criminals, however. In order to minimise stress on your holiday or trip, take time to plan your personal safety strategy in advance. From keeping your valuables safe to avoiding violence, a little forethought may save you from becoming a victim of crime.

http://www.personalsafetyadvice.co.uk/personal-safety- abroad.html

Action on Addiction

enquiries@actiononaddiction.org.uk

0300 330 0659

https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk

ADS

ADS is a progressive 21st century addiction charity. Ads runs a number of drug, alcohol and presscription drug addiction services across the north and midlands of England.

 http://www.adsolutions.org.uk/contact-us

Tel: 0161 831 2400
Fax: 0161 832 7971
Email: headoffice@adsolutions.org.uk

Alcohol Concern

A national charity working to help reduce the problems that can be caused by alcohol.

We do this by helping people with information, advice and support with their questions about drinking and the problems that can sometimes be caused by alcohol.

We also help professionals working with people with alcohol problems and we campaign for a different drinking culture.

https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk

Drugrehab.com – a free web resource that provides information about addiction, eating disorders, and mental health issues.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Alcohol Treatment 

For those seeking help for alcohol dependency. Helping people to make the right decisions on where to get treatment.

https://www.alcoholtreatment.net