Support Services

At SSF we do not offer advice to anyone who maybe suffering from mental illness on a professional level as we are not experts, we can only guide you to the many mental health organisations which are in place and have professionals who can offer you help.

Who to contact if you need urgent support in a crisis

• Call 999
• Go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E).
• NHS 111 has replaced NHS Direct. You can call 111 when you need medical help but it’s not a 999 emergency.

For non-emergency situations:

• Visit your GP

• Visit NHS Choices via http://www.nhs.uk/

Mental health helplines

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you've been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

• Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm) • Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

 • Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk


CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.

• Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Depression Alliance

Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.

• Website: www.depressionalliance.org

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

• Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

• Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

• Website: www.mind.org.uk

OCD Action

Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.

• Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)

• Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk


A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

• Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

• Website: www.ocduk.org

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

• Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)

• Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

• Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm)

• Website: www.rethink.org


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

• Website: www.samaritans.org.uk


Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.

Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6-11pm)

• SANEmail email: sanemail@org.uk

• Website: www.sane.org.uk


Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

• Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

• Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Feeling Suicidal

Maytree - Sanctuary for the Suicidal

• Website: maytree@maytree.org.uk

Telephone: 020 7263 7070


Young suicide prevention society

• Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-10pm, Weekends & Bank holidays 2pm-10pm.)

• Website: www.papyrus-uk.org