Help with health

Please note that reference is made here to UK organisations. If you are outside the United Kingdom, please look for similar organisations in your country.

NHS 111

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline

The NHS offers lots of support to stop smoking during pregnancy, including an App. Visit or call the NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline on 0300 123 1044. You can also talk to your midwife, health visitor, practice nurse or pharmacist for advice and for details of your nearest NHS Stop Smoking service.

Your pregnancy and baby guide – NHS

Provides detailed information on your health and your baby’s health during pregnancy and in infancy


A charity offering information and support for those living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is.  Visit  or call the helpline on 0300 123 3393

Mind also have branches locally, which offer services including talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, counselling and befriending.


A charity working to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness.  SANE provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers.  You can also get support via text or join their online Support Forum, which is a safe space to seek support and ideas and share experiences.  Visit


BEAT is the UK’s eating disorder charity.  They provide information, advice and support to anyone living with an eating disorder or supporting someone who does.  Visit their website at  They run a number of online support groups or you can use their one-to-one Web Chat service or call the main helpline on 0808 801 0677.

The National Self Harm Network

Online support forum for individuals who self-harm and also for their family and carers. Provides information, crisis support, discussions and advice about self-harm. Visit

The Samaritans

A registered charity that provides confidential emotional support to anyone who is having a difficult time, is suicidal or despairing. Call 116 123 if you need to speak to a Samaritan – open 24 hours a day, calls are charged at local rates. You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels, or if you are worried about someone else. You can also email or talk face-to-face at a local branch – see the website:


Find honest information and receive friendly, confidential advice about drugs issues at Ring Frank on 0300 123 6600 or text 82111 or use the live online chat. Frank also provides a list of local services that offer counselling and treatment.

Help for younger mums


Is a national charity working to promote the emotional well-being of young people. If you are concerned about the mental health of a child or young person call the Parent helpline on 0808 802 5544. Leaflets and booklets from YoungMinds can help young people, parents and professionals to understand when a young person feels troubled and where to find help. Visit

Last updated 31 December 2020.  Version 2.0