National Agencies

Samaritans Home Page

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Samaritans offer their service by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most of our branches. Samaritans is available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. If you live outside of the UK and Ireland, visit to find your nearest helpline.


Childline is a service provided by NSPCC. The site has information on a whole range of issues. Childline encourages children who have a worry they can’t cope with, to not bottle it up but to talk to someone in their family, a carer, one of their friends or maybe a teacher. And they are encouraged to call ChildLine on 0800 1111 at any time.

Mind (National Association for Mental Health)

Mind campaigns vigorously to create a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all – a society where people with experience of mental distress are treated fairly, positively and with respect. Mind is both a local and national network and together works with around 250,000 people every year. Mind is able to help people who experience all types of mental distress, and who may require help from one or more of its services.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

TheRoyal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The college aims to: set standards and promote excellence in psychiatry and mental healthcare; lead, represent and support psychiatrists; and work with service users, carers and their organisations.

Time to Change – let’s end mental health discrimination

Time to Change is an anti-stigma campaign run by the mental health charities Mind and Rethink. These two charities decided to work together, combining their knowledge, skills and expertise, in the biggest attempt yet in England to end the discrimination that surrounds mental health.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink was founded over 30 years ago (as the National Schizophrenia Fellowship) to give a voice to people affected by severe mental illness. Rethink helps over 48,000 people every year through its services, support groups and by providing information on mental health problems. Rethink carries out research which informs both its own and national mental health policy and actively campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding. And the organisation is dedicated to creating a world where prejudice and discrimination are eliminated.

Mental Health Foundation

Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that is committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to helping everyone lead mentally healthier lives. The charity helps people to survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. It does this by: carrying out research; developing practical solutions for better mental health services; campaigning to reduce stigma and discrimination; and promoting better mental health for all.

BBC Health – Mental Health

Topics covered on this web page are: emotional health; mental health disorders and conditions; coping techniques; therapy; understanding prescription drugs; and useful contacts.


YoungMinds is a national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people.

About Turn CIC

About Turn CIC is a social enterprise that aims to improve the lives of ex-service personnel and their families through the development and delivery of wrap around services. As well as running tailored programmes, they also coordinate the implementation and roll-out of Forces for Good Projects for ex-servicemen and women who are unemployed, experiencing homelessness or housing problems, substance misuse problems, mental health and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.


Together’s focus is to support people who have complex and enduring mental health issues, most of whom are referred to its services by other professionals. The charity was founded in 1879, and today still stays true to its founder’s core values by going the extra mile for people, respecting individuality, taking a holistic approach to recovery, (rather than focussing on the medical diagnosis) and working alongside each individual in the way that best suits them.

Shaw Trust Employment

A National Charity with over 25 years experience of providing training and work opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability or ill health. Support with personal development and employment . Shaw Trust supports public sector organisations to modernise and deliver effective social care services and helps businesses to recruit and manage a diverse workforce.

Richmond Fellowship

Richmond Fellowship is one of the biggest voluntary sector providers of mental health care in England, working with over 6,000 people towards the achievement of the best possible quality of life for each individual. With over 100 Services across the country, the Fellowship offers a wide range of housing, care, employment and community support services to enable people to live life to the full.  Local Contact 0191 296 0967.

The Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Service provides advice and information online, over the phone and face to face. The service provides tailored money advice to help you make choices throughout your life, whatever your circumstances. Its vision is to enhance people’s lives because they take control of their money as a matter of course.

Social Perspectives Network

The Social Perspectives Network is a unique coalition of service users, survivors, carers, policy makers, academics, students, and practitioners interested in how social factors both contribute to people becoming distressed, and play a crucial part in promoting people’s recovery. The network aims to share work and information looking at mental health from a social perspective; to support people to put social perspectives into practice; and influence the development of mental health policy from a social perspective. SPN’s work takes the form of study days, published papers and media.

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