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The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place.

It’s a mental health support signposting tool, with thousands of local, regional and national support groups and services listed. The Hub of Hope also lists support and services for family members and friends to enable them to find help for themselves, as well as for the person they are supporting.

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential mental health text support service for anyone in the UK who is struggling to cope.

They can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Shout is powered by Crisis Text Line and is available to support people in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Text SHOUT to 85258 for free.

Every day, Samaritans volunteers respond to around 10,000 calls for help.

They are available day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans can help not only in moments of crisis, but also in taking action to prevent the crisis.

Call 116 123 for free or email [email protected] if you need someone to talk to now.

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We’re not the experts

We’re just humans who believe connection makes a real difference. And we do know that sometimes you just feel alone, with no hope of connection.

But there is ALWAYS someone you can talk to. Maybe it’s a mate you’ve not seen in a while, or a neighbour you don’t know well, yet. Perhaps it’s someone at work. And by reaching out you might just start a conversation that helps them as much as it helps you.

And if you think you might need to talk to someone like the Samaritans, do it today. They are there for you without judgement, and simply talking to someone could be the start of feeling better.

other great resources for long term support

It can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone with a mental health problem.

Mind offer information which is aimed at helping friends, family, carers and others to give support and take care of themselves too.

You can click the link below to go directly to the page of their website which supports you to help others with a broad range mental health problems, including (but not limited to) anxiety, anger, bereavement, eating problems, panic attacks, self harm and suicidal feelings.

You can also find day to day tips & guides for living with mental health problems.

You can click “Get help now” at the top of the Mind website to access a range of tools and contacts.

You might worry that you don’t know the best way to help or will say something wrong and make things worse. But the small things we say or do can make a big difference to someone.

Just telling someone you see their struggle can be important help. People can be afraid to let others know they are not coping, but being able to connect with others can be a relief.

Starting the conversation may be difficult, and it’s normal to feel upset if someone you care about is struggling. But it can help to stay calm and assure them they do not have to deal with things alone.

You can also be there for them in other ways, like cooking for them, going for a walk or watching a film together. A chat may come more naturally if you are doing something together first.

Fear often prevents us from being open about our mental health difficulties. We can break down these barriers when we know more about mental health problems and how common they are.

Shelter exists to fight for all those whose lives are blighted by the loss of their home – and all whose lives will be affected if things don’t change.

Every year they give information, support, and advice to millions of people facing homelessness or experiencing bad housing. They can offer support on problems ranging from homelessness, council housing, tenancy deposits.

Shelter have a national emergency phone line too, as a first port of call for anyone facing a housing crisis.