United Kingdom


Feeling desperate and need someone to talk to? For trained listening call 08457 90 90 90  Local counseling (free for mobile phones) for those under 25 can be reached at 0808 808 4994, or texted at 80849. If you are in England & Wales call NHS at 111. If you are in Scotland the NHS can be reached at 08454 242424.


Specialist telephone helpline service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgmental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about themselves, or anyone who is concerned about a young person. Call 0800 068 41 41, and SMS message 0776 209 697. More information can be found at http://new.papyrus-uk.org/more/hopelineuk/

Student Minds

Student Minds believes that peer interventions can change the state of student mental health. They deliver research-driven training and support to equip students to bring about positive change on their campuses through campaigning and facilitating peer support programmes. For example, offerings include a course for students with mild depression, covering topics such as building a support network and establishing healthy routines. For information about these and other services for different mental health difficulties, as well as dedicated information for university students, visit Student Minds UK

Oxford Mindfulness Center

The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is an international centre of excellence within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry that works with partners around the world to prevent depression and enhance human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness. It has been at the forefront of research and development in the field of mindfulness and has extended its reach to include training and education, clinical services and engagement and advocacy, promoting the benefits of mindfulness globally.

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory (www.counselling-directory.org.uk) is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure the professionalism of our website, all counsellors have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.


To find out more about mental health services in England visit the NHS England website. In addition, because psychological therapies have been shown to be highly effective, so the NHS programme IAPT: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies is a great place to start looking for help.