Do you or someone you know need urgent help now?

  • If possible talk to a trusted friend, family member or neighbour.
  • If you are already working regularly with a mental health practitioner call them.
  • If not possible or not available contact your GP and request an urgent appointment
  • If you feel that the situation is becoming a crisis or emergency dial 999 or go to your Hospital's Emergency Department (A&E). 

Talk to someone on the telephone about how you are feeling

The Samaritans offer a 24/7 helpline offering emotional support to people experiencing distress or despair on 116 123.

The NHS Helpline on 111 will talk to you about available local services. 

Living in Greater Manchester?  You can call The Sanctuary between 8.00pm and 6.00am on 0300 003 7029.

The national charity SANE offers SANEline, an out of office mental health helpline for anyone, including friends, family and carers between 4.30pm and 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000 .

You can find out about more support online

The following websites have a wide range of information and advice, plus some also host online services allowing instant access to a therapist. - an easy to navigate website giving a full range of information about this organisation.

The Sanctuary is part of Self-Help Services and can be contact via their website

In addition to its daily telephone help line, SANE also offers a free text based support service (TextCare) and an online supportive forum community.  See for further information.

The charity MIND's website contains downloadable leaflets and links to further online resources - including some of our favourite stress relieving activities below.

You can access free, confidential and anonymous online text chat with trained listeners at

The Big White Wall has developed an online community to offer self-help programmes and creative outlets at

NHS Choices is a useful website to find practical information about symptoms, conditions, treatment and local services near to you.  

Click here to access the website.

Quick fix stress relievers

Use to PC, laptop or mobile to give yourself some mental time out with this small selection of online stress relievers.