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Free helplines in the United Kingdom for suicide, domestic violence, anxiety, depression and more

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Shout provides 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over text message (SMS). We are here for everyone in the...


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Samaritans Helpline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support by phone. We are here to help everyone in the...


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Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by...


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Runaway Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We are...


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About Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) stands united against suicide with...


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National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK provides, free and confidential support and information by phone. We help everyone in...


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SOS Silence of Suicide provides confidential support by our freephone helpline, in person group meetings and online meetings. ...


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No Panic Youth Email is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by phone. We help youth in the...


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LGBT Foundation helpline provides thousands of hours of support and advice to thousands of people every year, many who feel...


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Moodswings Helpline offers free and confidential support by phone for those in the United Kingdom who may be experiencing...


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OCD Action Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential information and listening services by phone and email to...


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SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to...


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The National Bullying Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We support everyone, adults,...


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HOPELINE247 is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information over phone and text message (SMS). We exist...


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If you need to talk, we’re here to listen. We know how important it is to access support in your first language and our...


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Anxiety UK Helpline is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support over phone, text message (SMS) and...


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NACOA Helpline provides free and confidential support over the phone to children affected by their parent's drinking. This...


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MS Helpline provides free and confidential support over the phone. We help everyone in the United Kingdom who may require...


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National Domestic Abuse Helpline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone and...


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If you want help with a drinking problem, then we want to help you; Please phone our helpline on 0800 9177 650 if you want to...


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National Gambling Helpline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone and online...


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Self Injury Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and text. We are here to help people in the...


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SurvivorUK Helpline Web Chat offers free and confidential support and information by text message (SMS) and online chat. We...


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Sarcoma UK Support Line offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone, email, and text message (SMS). We are...


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Winston’s Wish is a charity that helps children, teenagers and young adults (up to the age of 25) find their feet when their...


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Women's Aid Live Chat Service offers free and confidential support over online chat. You can chat to a fully trained female...


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Switchboard is the national LGBTQIA+ support line. For anyone, anywhere in the country, at any point in their journey. We can...


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Grieftalk Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information over phone and online chat. We are...


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GriefChat provides free and confidential support and information by online chat. We exist to help people in the United Kingdom...


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Family Lives Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We exist to help adults in the United...


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Macmillan Support Line is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by phone and online chat. We...


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Respect Mens Advice Line is dedicated to providing free and confidential support by phone and online chat. We exist to help men...


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Stop It Now supports anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention, including people concerned about...


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MS-UK Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information over phone and online chat. We help...


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Respect Phoneline is a confidential helpline, email and web chat service for anyone who’s concerned about their use of violence...


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Addiction Family Support Helpline provides free and confidential support and information over the phone. We exist to help...


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Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. We support children and...


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Marie Curie Support Line provides free and confidential support over the phone. We are here to help everyone in the United...


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Pet Loss Support provides free and confidential support over phone, web chat or email. We help everyone in the United Kingdom...


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Jewish Women's Aid Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over...


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Eating Disorders Support Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over the phone. We exist to help...


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National Sexual Health Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over phone. We are here to help...


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What can you expect when calling NAPAC's support line? NAPAC’s support line is staffed by trained volunteers and team members,...


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The Men Standing Up Helpline offers free and confidential support by phone. We are here for adults, the LGBTQ+ community, men,...


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The Compassionate Friends is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information over the phone. We exist to...


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Narcotics Anonymous is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support over the telephone, to people who...


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Al-Anon Helpline offers free and confidential support and information over phone. We exist to help people in the United Kingdom...


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The Survivors Trust Information, Advice and Support Line is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and...


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Sands National Helpline provides free and confidential support by phone. We support everyone in the United Kingdom who may be...


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NSPCC FGM Helpline provides free and confidential support over phone. We exist to help everyone in the United Kingdom who may...


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NCT Support Line provides free and confidential support and information over the phone. We exist to help people in the United...


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Revenge Porn Helpline provides free and confidential support and information over phone, email or anonymous reporting form. We...


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Abortion Recovery Care & Helpline offers support for anyone struggling after abortion. All of our services are offered...


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At Karma Nirvana we offer emotional and practical support to victims and survivors of honour based abuse and forced marriage....


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Forced Marriage Unit provides free and confidential support and information by phone. We are here to help everyone in the...


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RoadPeace Helpline is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We help adults in the...


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The ManKind Initiative is a national charity (registered in 2001) providing an information, support and signposting service to...


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Our advisers can provide emotional support if you are worried about your sexual health or have concerns about living with HIV....


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The National Stalking Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over the phone or via email. We are here...


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Carers UK Helpline provides information, signposting and support by phone. We are here to help carers in the United Kingdom...


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Pregnancy Loss Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by phone. We exist to help...


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At the RNIB, we recognise everyone has a unique experience of visual impairment and offer compassion, help and support for...


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LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline provides free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We are here for the LGBTQ+ community...


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Survivors of Bereavement Helpline offers free and confidential support by phone. We are here for adults in the United Kingdom...


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Whether you feel like you need emotional support, practical guidance, a safe space to talk through what support is available,...


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Brain and Spine Helpline offers free and confidential support over phone. We are here to help adults in the United Kingdom who...


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LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We help the...


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Lymphoma Action Helpline Services provides free and confidential support over phone. We help everyone in the United Kingdom who...


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Opoka is a specialist service working to stop domestic violence against women and children in the Polish community. Our aim is...


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Need to talk? We’re here for anyone worried about or affected by blood cancer. The Blood Cancer UK support line is a free and...


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The Child Death Helpline aims to provide a quality freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age....


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Combat Stress Helpline provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone and text message (SMS). We are...


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The Silver Line Helpline run by Age UK is a free, confidential telephone service for older people. We provide friendship,...


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Hourglass works across the UK supporting victims of abuse, those concerned about an older person, families, carers and...


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Dementia Connect Support Line provides free and confidential support over phone. We help adults, seniors in the United Kingdom...


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EACH's Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support by phone and email. We are here for LGBT+ young people...


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Mermaids' helpline offers free, confidential and non-judgemental support via phone, email, text and web chat. We exist to help...


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FamilyLine is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support by phone and text message (SMS). We exist to...


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Steps Helpline provides free and confidential support by phone./email and via the web. We are here to help...


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The Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline provides free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and online webchat. We...


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Families Need Fathers Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information over phone. We support...


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NSPCC Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over the phone. We help adults in the United Kingdom who...


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Muslim Youth Helpline offers free and confidential support and information by phone and online chat. We exist to help people...


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Confidential Telephone Helpline offering emotional and spiritual support from a Christian perspective, with the opportunity of...


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Towards Healing offers free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help everyone, people with a religious faith in...


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The Dina Support Line offers free and confidential support by phone and online chat. We support people with a religious faith,...


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Free, immediate crisis counseling support in United Kingdom

If you're looking for free and quick mental health support, helplines can be a great option. In United Kingdom, free crisis counseling support is available from 88 hotlines and helplines.

It’s normal to feel nervous about making the call. Learn here about what to expect.

What are helplines or hotlines?

A helpline is a free, confidential counseling service available to anyone experiencing difficulties in their mental health, or worried about the mental health of someone they know. They are sometimes known as crisis lines or hotlines, and offer support over the phone, text message or chat. Some are available 24/7.

How will a helpline or hotline support me?

Helpline responders will actively listen to you while also asking questions to help you process difficult emotions and situations. When you call a hotline, you can expect to be listened to without judgment. If you like, you can also talk through or receive guidance on what steps you can take next.

Who will I talk to when I contact a helpline?

Helpline responders are often volunteers or counselors. They might also be peers who have had a similar life experience to the issue the helpline supports with. They are commonly trained in active listening and crisis counseling.

What topics do helplines and hotlines assist with?

Some helplines offer support for specific problems like suicide, depression, anxiety, domestic violence and sexual assault. Others help with certain demographics, such as veterans, youth or the LGBTQ+ community. Many helplines offer support for all kinds of mental and behavioral health problems – this means you can talk to them about anything that is on your mind.

What is a suicide hotline?

Suicide prevention hotlines or lifelines are available in many countries. They exist to provide compassionate support to people who are feeling hopeless or are thinking of ending their lives. Suicide hotlines commonly support with all topics, which means they can help with any kind of problem, even if it's not suicide related. They are usually reachable at all hours of the day and night.

Will a helpline talk to me about someone I'm concerned about?

When a friend or family member is going through a mental health crisis, it can be difficult to know how to help. Helplines will offer advice on how you can best support your loved one, whether that be through ways you can support them or outside support they may be able to get.

I'm in United Kingdom. What hotlines and helplines are available to me?

In United Kingdom, there are 88 hotlines and helplines that support with a range of topics.

Globally, there are over 2,000 helplines and hotlines, and the support they offer varies across topics and populations. What unites them is their shared aim to support people who are experiencing mental health distress or emotional pain. Helplines are there to assist you in a time of emotional pain, and to support those who may be noticing warning signs of an emotional crisis in those they care about.


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