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Finding Help: 7 Mental Health Charities to Access Support

​If you have ever found yourself struggling with your mental health, you will know how important it is to have someone to talk to.

According to the charity, MIND, every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. If you’re suffering, it’s important to understand that you aren’t alone and that help is available.

If you’re suffering or know someone who is struggling, there are many charities across the UK that specialise in mental health and wellness. We’ve compiled our list of 7 of the best charities and their contact details for you to reach out to them.

Please note, if your life is at imminent risk, please call 999 for immediate help.

MIND

With over 125 ‘Local Minds’, MIND provides support and advice to people suffering from mental health problems across England and Wales.

The charity campaigns to improve services for mental health, raise awareness and promote understanding around the subject, as well as providing a helpline for those needing information.

If you're feeling in crisis, overwhelmed or like things are spiralling out of control, MIND provides practical tools on their website. They also share stories of others experiences to help the reader feel like they’re not alone.

For non-urgent information about mental health support, you can contact MIND on 0300 123 3393 or info@mind.org.uk They are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

Samaritans

Samaritans provide a 24/7 helpline to people experiencing difficult times, or for those who think someone they know is suffering from a mental health problem.

Their website offers helpful advice for those feeling suicidal and it highlights key signs to look out for if you think you are struggling to cope.

If you need to reach out to the Samaritans, you can do so via phone, email, letter, the app or find a branch (Please be aware that some branches are closed due to the pandemic).

To contact the Samaritans,

Phone them on 116 123

Email them at jo@samaritans.org

Send a letter to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, Chris, PO Box 9090, Stirling, FK8 2SA

All these services are free.

Mental Health Foundation

For more than 70 years, the Mental Health Foundation has been working to prevent mental health problems and to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

With prevention at the heart of what they do, the foundation provides advice for all ages and mental health support in the workplace.

While the Mental Health Foundation isn’t a mental health service provider for when people are unwell, they do however offer practical tips and advice for looking after your mental health

If you are in crisis, their website does contain a list of helpful websites (such as NHS Choices and MIND) which you can reach out to.

Together

Formed in 1879, Togetherbelieves that people with mental health issues have the ability to lead fulfilling lives as part of their community.

Allowing their people to lead their own recovery, the charity offers a wide range of support to tackle the personal and practical impacts of a mental health issue.

Together can be contacted via email on contact-us@together-uk.org or you can ring them on 020 7780 7300.

Their website also contains a hub of personal stories, research and guides.

Beat

Originally known as the Eating Disorders Association, Beat aims to help people who are suffering specifically from an eating disorder.

The charity was founded in 1989 and offers advice on a range of different eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa.

The charity's website provides information on what to do if you believe you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder.

Their national helpline exists to encourage and empower people to get help quickly, because the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery.

Beat has separate contact details for all 4 areas of the UK.

England

Helpline: 0808 801 0677

Email: help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Scotland

Helpline: 0808 801 0432

Email: Scotlandhelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Wales

Helpline: 0808 801 0433

Email: Waleshelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Northern Ireland

Helpline: 0808 801 0434

Email: NIhelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Shout

Launched in May 2019, Shout 85258 is a free text messaging support service that provides a confidential 24/7 line for anyone struggling to cope with their mental health.

With over 2,300 trained volunteers, Shout has provided support to over 1,000,000 people struggling with anxiety, stress, suicidal thoughts and depression. 55% of its users said they turned to the charity after feeling like they had no one else to speak to.

A Shout volunteer can be reached via text on 85258 at any time of day or night.

OCD Action

Affecting around 1-2% of the population, OCD is a clinically recognised disorder which can lead to sufferers experiencing intensely negative and intrusive thoughts, combined with a chronic feeling of doubt or danger.

OCD Action provides support and information to anyone affected by OCD and aims to raise awareness of the disorder amongst both the public and front-line health workers.

The charity's website gives users the option to connect with other people suffering from OCD through their local Skype / phone support groups.

OCD Action can be contacted via their helpline on 0300 636 5478.