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Free emotional support helplines for chronic and physical illness in the United Kingdom

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


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


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


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


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


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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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Are you struggling to cope with a physical illness? Contact a helpline in United Kingdom for support.

The reality of physical illness can be disruptive to your life, impacting how you do basic tasks and the way you see yourself. A serious diagnosis can leave you feeling helpless, defeated, isolated, burdensome and afraid. There are 16 helplines in United Kingdom where you can confide in a volunteer or counselor. Consider contacting them if you feel:

  • That life isn’t worth living, given the limitations and pain associated with your medical condition.
  • Depression about the life you've lost, things you cannot do, and places you cannot go.
  • Isolated from those who don’t comprehend your discomfort or the seriousness of your condition.
  • Afraid about the uncertainty of life and the pain you may feel from your symptoms.
  • Fear of future physical discomfort, pain, changes to your routine, and possibly death.
  • Anxiety, tension, fear, sadness and helplessness about your condition and what the future holds.
  • Anger and disbelief about your diagnosis, and constantly asking yourself, “why me?”
  • Stress about the financial burden that your illness will put on your family.

Illness is usually unexpected, and it sometimes seems unfair. Perhaps the news or consequences of your illness has made you feel numb with shock and disappointment, or overwhelmed with powerful emotions. The inability to think straight or function may make you feel frustrated, anguished or useless. You are still valued.

You have the potential to face the challenges of illness with resilience and grace – but you do need support. By reaching to a helpline in United Kingdom, you can talk with counselor or volunteer who understands the unspoken, emotional effects of physical illness. Contacting a helpline doesn't mean you're weak – it simply shows that you are human.


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