Support over Christmas period

Our counselling and peer support groups close over the Christmas period. If you are experiencing problems, and need support urgently, please see our Information and Support pages.

Support contacts

Support Contacts

If you are struggling with your mental health, it’s really important to reach out for support. Here are some organisations who can provide free support at any time, day or night.

Side by Side

This is a supportive online community where you can feel at home talking about your mental health and connect with others who understand what you are going through. It is a safe place to share experiences and listen to others. The community is available to all, 24/7.


Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 and a trained volunteer will get back to you. You can talk about a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s free to text from all major UK mobile networks and your messages are confidential and anonymous.


To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email

Help in a Crisis

If you or someone you know might imminently attempt suicide, or has already seriously harmed themselves, contact 999 or go to the nearest Accident & Emergency department. Mental health emergencies are serious, you are not wasting anyone’s time.

If you need urgent support for your mental health but it is not life-threatening, contact the NHS on 111 who can tell you how best to get support in your area.