Centre for Mental Health cannot advise about individual queries or offer any mental health support.

If you are at all concerned about your health or the health of a friend or relative you can contact your doctor or you may find useful information from one of the sources below.

Immediate help


116 123 (free to call from within the UK and Ireland), 24 hours a day 

email: [email protected], web: www.samaritans.org

Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.


InfoLine - 0300 123 3393 
or e-mail [email protected]

Open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm (except bank holidays).

Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.

Rethink Mental Illness

National Advice Service - 0300 5000 927

Open 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday or e-mail [email protected]

Support forum: www.rethink.org/talk

Rethink Mental Illness works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, recover a better quality of life. It provides effective services and support and campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding.

Visit www.rethink.org (Rethink was formerly called the National Schizophrenia Fellowship).


Saneline - 0845 767 8000 (local rate on BT landlines)

Open 6pm - 11pm every day or you can email [email protected]

Support Forum: www.sane.org.uk

SANE services provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.

NHS mental health services

Find local mental health services on the NHS website.

You can also get advice from NHS 111 phone service.

Other sources of mental health help and advice

  • List of mental health helplines from the Helplines Partnership
  • The Health Talk Online website lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness, and has a particularly good section on psychosis.
  • The Mental Health Foundation website has lots of information
  • HaveIGotAProblem.com is by the Tasha Foundation and is a free resource about mental health and addiction issues. It has advice and documents on issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar, eating disorders and coping.