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Useful phone numbers

Mind Info Line

0845 766 0163

Mind's helpline gives confidential advice and help for people with mental health problems

Brook Advisory Centres

0800 0185 023

Free and confidential sexual health advice and services for under-25s

The Samaritans

08457 90 90 90

Confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who feel distressed, despairing or suicidal.

THT Direct

0845 1221 200

Information, support and advice from the Terrence Higgins Trust on all aspects of HIV and sexual health

The Patients Association

0845 608 4455

For concerns about healthcare in general, this national charity provides patients with a way to raise issues and share experiences as it works to improve the care we all receive.

Alcoholics Anonymous

0845 769 7555

For those who think their drinking is becoming a problem, Alcoholics Anonymous offers the chance to talk to someone who know the issues through personal experience.

Asthma UK Adviceline

08457 01 02 03

Asthma nurse specialists provide independent, confidential advice and support to people living with asthma, their families, friends and carers and to health professionals.


0800 1111

Support, information and advice for children on any topic they want to talk about - bullying, gangs, puberty, sexual abuse, alcohol, drugs, or anything else that worries them.

Stroke helpline

0845 303 3100

Advice from the Stroke Association, which helps stroke patients and their families through its support services and funds research into prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Age Concern

0800 00 99 66

Information and advice on a broad rance of topics affecting older people

Contact a Family

0808 808 3555

Information on specific conditions and rare disorders for families with disabled children.


0800 77 66 00

Call for confidential and friendly advice about drugs from professional advisers who will give you straight up, unbiased information.


0845 456 0455

Helpline services offering practical and emotional support to those experiencing severe mental illness, their carers and relatives.

Beaumont Society

01582 412220

Advice and support for transgender, transvestite , transsexual and crossdressing people to reduce emotional stress and increase understanding.

Abortion Help

0845 300 80 90

24-hour abortion information service run by Marie Stopes International clinics.

Beating Eating Disorders

0845 634 1414

Confidential helpline offering support and advice for anyone affected by an eating disorder.


0845 122 8690

For information and advice on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion, or planning a pregnancy

Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline for those who require an urgent response or need in-depth support. The helpline is run by Women's Aid and Refuge.

Cruse Day by Day

0844 477 9400

Help and support for people who are bereaved. Also offers a special line for young people on 0808 808 1677.

Learning Disability Helpline

0808 808 1111

An advice and information service from Mencap for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Macmillan CancerLine

0808 808 2020

Information and advice for anyone with concerns about living with cancer. Also offers a textphone service on 0808 808 0121.

Condom essential wear

0800 567 123

Free and confidential sexual health information and advice.


0800 917 8282

Information and self-help materials, help to callers worried about their own drinking, support for family and friends of people who are drinking, and advice on where to go for help.


0808 800 1234

Information from nurses about all types and aspects of cancer - diagnosis, treatment, symptom control, clinical trials, support groups and where to get practical and emotional help.


0808 800 4444

Free housing advice from the homelessness and housing charity.

Autism Helpline

0845 070 4004

The National Autistic Society Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support for people with autism spectrum disorders, their families, professionals, researchers and students.

Meningitis Research Foundation

0808 800 3344

Trained staff and qualified nurses offer information on meningitis and septicaemia to anyone concerned about or affected by these infections.

Heart helpline

08450 70 80 70

British Heart Foundation's cardiac nurses and information officers provide information to help support any medical advice you have already had from your GP or consultant.

Breast Cancer Care helpline

0808 800 6000

Nurses and trained workers with personal or professional experience of breast cancer offer information and support on any aspect of breast cancer or breast health.