Phone and online support

Many of us are experiencing uncertainty and anxiety during the coronavirus crisis. Many of us will be required to self-isolate for short periods while either we or someone else in our household experience symptoms. Many more will be deciding to self-isolate for longer periods of time because we are older, have underlying health conditions and/or are disabled. We have put together a list of organisations who are providing telephone support during this period. Please remember you are not alone and there are people who want to listen and support you.

Over the coming weeks we will try to update this list so you know you can access support when you need it. 

Substance/Addiction Support:

  • DrugFAM: They support families, friends and carers who are struggling to cope with loved one’s addiction to drugs and alcohol – 0300 888 3853
  • Druglink: www.druglink.co.uk
  • UK Smart : They help people to manage their addictive behaviour with substances, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping and self-harming – www.smartrecovery.org.uk

 

Mental Health:

  • No Panic Helpline: 0808 808 0545
  • The Silver Line: A free helpline for older people. Call them on 0800 470 8090
  • Bipolar UK: 0333 323 3880
  • Elefriends: A supportive online community for people experiencing a mental health problem:  www.elefriends.org.uk
  • Depression Alliance: 0845 123 2320
  • Samaritans:116 123
  • Big White Wall: a 24 hour safe online community to share troubles guided by professionals:  www.bigwhitewall.com
  • OCD UK: 0845 120 3778
  • PTSDUK: www.ptsduk.org
  • Women’s self-injury helpline: 0808 800 8088

 

Apps for Mental Health:

  • ACT Coach: Information for anxiety and depression
  • Baby Buddy: advice on self-care, pregnancy and motherhood
  • Frantic world: mindfulness, meditation and breathing exercises for relaxation
  • Mood mission: For coping strategies for managing anxiety, depression and stress

 

Family/Carers Support:

  • Carers Direct: A free information and advice for carers. Call on 0808 802 0202
  • Carers UK: 0808 808 7777
  • Family lives: They provide support in all aspects of family life. Call on 0808 800 2222
  • Gingerbread: They provide advice and information for single parents www.gingerbread.org.uk
  • Housing/Homelessness:
  • Shelter: Advice and support for housing. Call on 0808 800 4444
  • Street Link: Support for homeless people www.streetlink.org.uk

 

Advocacy Services:

  • Citizen Advice Bureau: 03454040506
  • POhWER: Confidential and independent advocacy service to help people make choices about their lives, understand their rights, to be treated as equals and to be heard. Call on 0300 456 2370

 

Sexual/Domestic Violence Support:

  • Mosac: They support non-abusing parents and carers of sexually abused children. Call on 0800 980 1958. Website: www.mosac.org.uk
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247