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

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


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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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National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone. We help everyone...


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


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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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SEED Advice Line provides free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We are here to help everyone, adults, youth,...


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Outline Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We are here...


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The Mix Crisis Messenger is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone and text...


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


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LGBT Foundation Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help the LGBTQ+...


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Samaritans - Welsh Language Line offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We support Welsh-speaking adults...


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OCD Action Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help adults in the United...


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


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


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EACH Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support by phone. We are here for the LGBTQ+ community in the...


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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 seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, contact...


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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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Eating Disorders Support Helpline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support over phone. We exist to help...


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


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Mermaids Helpline offers free and confidential support over phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We exist to help...


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


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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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Switchboard LGBT Helpline offers free and confidential support by phone and online chat. We are here for the LGBTQ+ community...


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Women's Aid Live Chat Service offers free and confidential support over online chat. We exist to help adults, women, men in the...


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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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Beat Youthline offers free and confidential support and information by phone and online chat. We support youth in the United...


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Beat Studentline offers free and confidential support by phone and online chat. We exist to help people in the United Kingdom...


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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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Child Bereavement UK Helpline offers free and confidential support and information by phone and online chat. We are here to...


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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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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 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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Respect Phoneline offers free, compassionate and confidential support for domestic violence perpetrators by phone and online...


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Winston's Wish Helpline provides free, compassionate and confidential support by phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We...


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


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


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


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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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Revenge Porn Helpline provides free and confidential support and information over phone. We support adults, the LGBTQ+...


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


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Blood Cancer UK Support Line provides free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help people in the United Kingdom who...


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Drugfam Helpline provides free and confidential support and information over phone. We exist to help people in the United...


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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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Survivors of Bereavement Helpline offers free and confidential support by phone. We are here for adults, women, men in the...


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


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Carers UK Helpline provides free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We are here to help carers in the United...


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


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Pet Bereavement Support Service provides free and confidential support over phone. We help everyone in the United Kingdom who...


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


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


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National Stalking Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over phone. We are here for everyone in the...


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Narcotics Anonymous is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We support adults in 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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Mankind Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support by phone. We support men in the United Kingdom who may...


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


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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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NAPAC Supportline offers free and confidential support and information by phone. We support adults in the United Kingdom who...


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Karma Nirvana Helpline provides free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We exist to help everyone in the United...


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Pregnancy Crisis Helpline provides free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We help everyone in the United...


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NACOA Helpline provides free and confidential support over phone. We support everyone in the United Kingdom who may be looking...


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Combat Stress Helpline - Serving personnel offers 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone and text message...


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Silver Line Helpline offers 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone and text message (SMS). We are here...


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Age UK Advice Line offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We are here for seniors in the United Kingdom...


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The Hourglass Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by phone. We help seniors in the...


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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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FamilyLine is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support by phone and text message (SMS). We exist 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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Steps Helpline provides free and confidential support by phone. We are here to help parents in the United Kingdom who may be...


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


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Premier Lifeline: The National Christian Helpline offers free and confidential support and information over phone. We help...


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


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Moodswings Helpline offers free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help adults, the LGBTQ+ community, people with a...


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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 85 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 85 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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