National mental health

National helplines, mental illness support, and urgent help for those who need support.

If you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health and would like some support please contact one of the local services below:

Helpline for those struggling with emotional wellbeing - Hear to help: 01423 856 799

Need urgent support?

If you need urgent support or you feel suicidal, please call the Samaritans on 116 123 or find more support on the Samaritans website.


You can talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record - about whatever is getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal.

Telephone 116123 or see the Samaritans website.

Self-help guides

You might find these self-help guides useful.

Help with mental health issues

There are many types of mental health issues, including;

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • abuse and neglect
  • addictions
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • dementia
  • eating disorders
  • grief and loss
  • stress and trauma

If you are struggling with your mental health, you can find support through your doctor, they will be able to explain the treatments available and support your wellbeing. Find GP services on the NHS website to find your local doctor. You can also find mental health services for young people on the NHS website and mental health helplines on the NHS website.

Support for veterans

If you are about to leave the Armed Forces, have just left, or left years ago the Op Courage website offers expert mental health and wellbeing support. As well as being able to contact them directly, GPs, charities and friends and family of those who need support can also contact them. 

Additional information from NHS

See the NHS pages below for more information on mental health problems:

Additional national support