With the help of the Mental Health Foundation we have compiled a list of helpful online sources of support.
How do I get support for my mental health? A summary of the different ways you can access help and support for your mental health.
If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should talk to your school nurse, counsellor, teachers, or seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help, you should call 111.
Whatever you’re facing, Samaritans are here to listen.
Call free, day or night, on 116 123
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. The service is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you to take your next steps towards feeling better. It can help with issues such as stress, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, worry and relationship problems and able to talk at any time of day or night.
Text SHOUT to 85258.
Step Up is a co-produced, peer-led programme, delivered by Rethink Mental Illness, which provides a series of projects, created and delivered by young people aged 15-25 to support their peers with managing their mental health and reducing stigma. Rethink Mental Illness more widely delivers a range of advice and information on living with mental illness.
This campaign of a series of animated stories and companion website—co-produced with and for young people—aims to increase mental health literacy.
What’s Up With Everyone campaign offers advice from charitable and clinical partners, Mental Health Foundation, Happy Space and Dr Dominique Thompson, is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
You may find it helpful to talk to your partner, a relative or a friend about your problems. They may be concerned about you and welcome the opportunity to hear what you have to say. If this is not possible, you may prefer to talk to someone else you can trust, like a faith leader or a tutor.
You can find out more about friendships and how to tell your friends on our friendships page.
Talk to your school nurse, counsellor, teacher or GP
Your school nurse, counsellor, teacher or GP may be the first person you talk to about your mental health problems. The Mental Health Foundation have produced a practical guide with details on what to expect from your appointment and what your GP can do for you: information about talking to your GP about your mental health
A range of Community mental health services are available for young people.
For advice about benefits, debt problems, legal issues and local services, the Citizens Advice Bureau website has a directory listing its local offices.