It’s hard to seek help when you need it most. It can feel very overwhelming not knowing where to start or having to sort through all of the overlapping and conflicting information. There are people & services out there willing and able to help you where they can.

These are the helplines & websites I found most useful & accessible in the UK, and the best ones I discovered while living in Australia.

If you’re not sure which helpline is most appropriate for you, call any of the below: the kind voice on the other end of the phone will guide you to the best service for you.

  • In the UK

    • NHS UK

      Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, the list of mental health helplines on the NHS website can offer expert advice

      Go here
    • Samaritans UK

      If you just need someone to talk to, about anything, Samaritans can be called for free, 24/7, 365 days a year: 116 123

      Go here
    • Mind UK

      Mind have a range of services allowing them to respond to a variety of people’s support needs. They also have an URGENT HELP tool for those needing help RIGHT NOW. Helpline available 9:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri: 0300 123 3393 or Text: 86463

      Go here
    • SANE UK

      SANE provide a variety of resources and emotional support options including text and 24 hour support forums. Out of hours helpline available 4:30-10:30pm: 0300 304 700

      Go here
    • Rethink Mental Illness

      Rethink give people clear, relevant information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights

      Go here
    • Blurt UK

      Blurt provide relatable blog posts to those living with depression, as well as a variety of accessible support groups and helplines

      Go here
  • In the USA

    • USA National Suicide Prevention Hotline

      We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

      Go here
    • USA Crisis Text Line

      Text HOME 741741 USA

      Free 24/7 help for people in crisis. That doesn’t just mean suicide: it’s any painful emotion for which you need support.

  • In Canada

    • Canada Crisis Text Line

      Text HOME 686868 in Canada

      Free 24/7 help for people in crisis. That doesn’t just mean suicide: it’s any painful emotion for which you need support.

  • In Australia

    • Lifeline Australia

      Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention: 13 11 14 

      Go here
    • Suicide Callback Service Australia

      Free 24/7 Helpline and Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

      Go here
    • Samaritans Australia

      24/7 Anonymous Crisis Support: 135 247

      Go here
    • Beyond Blue Australia

      Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Call their helpline for Support.Advice.Action: 1300 22 4636

      Go here
    • Mental Health Australia

      Mental Health Australia provides an extensive list of helplines and services covering a variety of mental illnesses

      Go here
    • MIND Australia

      Mind have a range of services allowing them to respond to a variety of people’s support needs. Service information and referrals: 1300 286 463. Carer Helpline: 1300 554 660

      Go here
    • LIVIN

      Livin provides advice on when & where to seek help, details of crisis support, and a consolidated list of helplines & websites

      Go here