List of FREE Helplines to help tackle loneliness, depression and bereavement this Festive Period
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List of FREE Helplines to help tackle loneliness, depression and bereavement this Festive Period

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This isn't a deal as such but there are so many great organisations out there to help tackle all sorts of issues. From loneliness to depression and bereavement etc. Free helplines just a call away.

As someone who's now completely fine with admitting I went through dark times of depression that did ultimately lead to overwhelming feelings of loneliness too, these charities and organisations really help.

If this post just helps one person, I feel that it is worthwhile posting.

Mind

MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393
mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/

The Mix

Helpline: 0808 808 4994
themix.org.uk
(Online chat & Mesenger service also available)

Age UK

Helpline: 0800 169 6565
ageuk.org.uk


The Samaritans

Tel: 116 123
samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us


Cruse Festive Bereavement Helpline

Free helpline: 0808 808 1677
cruse.org.uk/telephone-support/christmas

Family Lives - Divorce and Separation

Free helpline :08088002222
familylives.org.uk/advice/divorce-and-separation/coping-with-holidays/coping-with-christmas-when-your-divorced-or-separated/

There are lots of fantastic organisations so please don't feel alone this festive period. Tjis is a great community so hopefully nobody feels alone. Its good to talk.

Fingers crossed that this post doesn't come across as too morbid 🤞🙏

Thank you @Cymru12
For those living in Wales there’s also C.A.L.L. (community advice & listening line) 0800 132 737.
callhelpline.org.uk

Thank you @ewen1605
For men who are feeling down or in crisis, you can also call CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably):
0800 585858 (5pm - midnight)
thecalmzone.net

Thank you @Delightful123
SANEline, the specialist mental health helpline, offers confidential emotional support.
Available on 0300 304 7000 between 6pm and 11pm each evening. Open as usual over Christmas.

SilverLine
A free, confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 0800 4 70 80 90

DrinkLine
The national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone elses drinking, you can call free, in complete confidence on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm). Open as usual over Christmas.

Thanks to @MonkeysUncle
papyrus-uk.org
0800 068 4141
pat@papyrus-uk.org

A fantastic website aimed at the prevention of suicide in under 35s:
Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice contact us.

Thanks to @Razor.Gen
Mind: mind.org.uk - 0300 123 3393
Helplines: helplines.org - various numbers
Mental Health Matters: mhm.org.uk - 0191 516 3500 / tel:0800 085 1718

Good mental health related websites with some great tips and personal stories:

alustforlife.com
pieta.ie
healthtalk.org
mentalhealth.org.uk

Thanks to @tw81
In Northern Ireland there is also a helpline called LIFELINE.. 0808 808 8000
lifelinehelpline.info
Community Updates
Stay Alive App.

Loads of useful numbers / Safety planning advice / counselling information (works nationwide and finds local services).

google play

play.google.com/sto…ive

Itunes

itunes.apple.com/gb/…t=8

we use it alot at my work.
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Heat added. The lack of funding for mental health services under the NHS can sometimes mean that people have no choice but to call when they need help rather than wait months/ years for an appointment.

I too have struggled with mental health and I still do. Been referred to two services, went through assessments and neither have got back to me. It’s getting to the point where if I need help I’ll be having to call instead. Especially around this time when things are more difficult.
Silurianxx29 m ago

Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. …Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. There are plenty of health sites available so why post it here. I come on this site to engage in mindless therapeutic consumerism not to be reminded about every charity and health problem in the world.


If you would like to take time out of your therapeutic consumerism to read back some of the comments, you'll get your answer about why it is on here.

I cleared it up at the beginning saying this wasn't a deal. It is also posted in the freebies section.

You may not take anything from this post but there are a hevk of a lot of people out there that simply need someone to talk to.

I wouldn't wish depression on my worst enemy. Thqnks to therapy and free advice lines I've thankfully came out the other side.

Instead of saving £5 on a game or Blu Ray. This post could help change someone's life for the better.
Edited by: "stevey_p7" 20th Dec 2018
Mechtup3 m ago

Heat added. The lack of funding for mental health services under the NHS …Heat added. The lack of funding for mental health services under the NHS can sometimes mean that people have no choice but to call when they need help rather than wait months/ years for an appointment.I too have struggled with mental health and I still do. Been referred to two services, went through assessments and neither have got back to me. It’s getting to the point where if I need help I’ll be having to call instead. Especially around this time when things are more difficult.


I definitely echo what your saying. Mental health awareness is something I personally think should have more funding.

Therapy can cost a fortune but sometimes the best therapy is just venting to a stranger about any issues you may be facing.

Thanks for your honest comment. Wishing you all the best and stay strong. The best therapy is to not bottle it up, vent whenever necessary.
Silurianxx17 m ago

Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. …Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. There are plenty of health sites available so why post it here. I come on this site to engage in mindless therapeutic consumerism not to be reminded about every charity and health problem in the world.


As you can pay for private healthcare, I suppose these free services could be classed as a deal.

But don't let that fact get in the way of your attention seeking rant.
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Heat added. The lack of funding for mental health services under the NHS can sometimes mean that people have no choice but to call when they need help rather than wait months/ years for an appointment.

I too have struggled with mental health and I still do. Been referred to two services, went through assessments and neither have got back to me. It’s getting to the point where if I need help I’ll be having to call instead. Especially around this time when things are more difficult.
Good post. Very thoughtful.
Quality post.
fantastic post
Mechtup3 m ago

Heat added. The lack of funding for mental health services under the NHS …Heat added. The lack of funding for mental health services under the NHS can sometimes mean that people have no choice but to call when they need help rather than wait months/ years for an appointment.I too have struggled with mental health and I still do. Been referred to two services, went through assessments and neither have got back to me. It’s getting to the point where if I need help I’ll be having to call instead. Especially around this time when things are more difficult.


I definitely echo what your saying. Mental health awareness is something I personally think should have more funding.

Therapy can cost a fortune but sometimes the best therapy is just venting to a stranger about any issues you may be facing.

Thanks for your honest comment. Wishing you all the best and stay strong. The best therapy is to not bottle it up, vent whenever necessary.
Great post.
Thanks for sharing. For those living in Wales there’s also C.A.L.L. (community advice & listening line) 0800 132 737.
stevey_p75 m ago

I definitely echo what your saying. Mental health awareness is something I …I definitely echo what your saying. Mental health awareness is something I personally think should have more funding.Therapy can cost a fortune but sometimes the best therapy is just venting to a stranger about any issues you may be facing.Thanks for your honest comment. Wishing you all the best and stay strong. The best therapy is to not bottle it up, vent whenever necessary.


I am thinking of turning to paying if it takes any longer, because my mental health regularly fluctuates thanks to some disabilities I have and mental illnesses.

What really does need changing is adult mental health support. There is next to nothing in comparison to what there is for children.

Also wishing you the best
Edited by: "Mechtup" 20th Dec 2018
Good on you OP!
Nice one op. Thank you.
Worst is the hospitals. People stick there elderly relatives out the way at Christmas just so it's off their minds. Awful
Hope you don't mind but I have copied & pasted this to my facebook
Best post ever. Everyone please look after each other this Xmas.
Trousertrumpet1 m ago

Hope you don't mind but I have copied & pasted this to my facebook


No problem. The more we raise awareness, the better.
Thank you for sharing. Hope it helps someone. No one should feel alone on xmas!
Ideal the line I have been calling costs £2 a minute
KRONENBOURG3161 m ago

Ideal the line I have been calling costs £2 a minute


I hope it is helping. Have you tried The Samaritans?
Great post
My daughter suffers with mental health and got great help, weekly sessions, one to one and dramatically improved, she completed a course of sessions and was fine for a while, but now could do with the same help, unfortunately she is 19 now and is having to self refer herself. Adult mental health is not funded enough. We hear a lot more about mental health but not enough funding to provide the help that is needed by so many. It's a crazy stressful world we live in which puts many under pressure. Thank you for posting I will be passing on the numbers.
Advertise_here36 m ago

Worst is the hospitals. People stick there elderly relatives out the way …Worst is the hospitals. People stick there elderly relatives out the way at Christmas just so it's off their minds. Awful


How unbelievably cruel
Louise544 m ago

My daughter suffers with mental health and got great help, weekly …My daughter suffers with mental health and got great help, weekly sessions, one to one and dramatically improved, she completed a course of sessions and was fine for a while, but now could do with the same help, unfortunately she is 19 now and is having to self refer herself. Adult mental health is not funded enough. We hear a lot more about mental health but not enough funding to provide the help that is needed by so many. It's a crazy stressful world we live in which puts many under pressure. Thank you for posting I will be passing on the numbers.


Thank you for sharing. These really are great advice lines and hopefully she will take them on board.

I agree it's not got the funding required. Hopefully in time to come this will change.

Wish you and your daughter all the best for the festive period.
Heat added
Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. There are plenty of health sites available so why post it here. I come on this site to engage in mindless therapeutic consumerism not to be reminded about every charity and health problem in the world.
stevey_p77 m ago

Thank you for sharing. These really are great advice lines and hopefully …Thank you for sharing. These really are great advice lines and hopefully she will take them on board.I agree it's not got the funding required. Hopefully in time to come this will change.Wish you and your daughter all the best for the festive period.


I think it has to change, it is talked about far more in the open now rather than hushed up. Like you say if your post helps one person it has made a fantastic difference there is nothing worse than having to cope alone.
Thank you for your kind words. I too wish you all the best over this festive period.
Quality post, well done for raising some awareness on what is a very important subject affecting a lot of people. Thanks a lot
For men who are feeling down or in crisis, you can also call CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably):
0800 585858 (5pm - midnight
Edited by: "ewen1605" 20th Dec 2018
Saved, thanks op
I cannot add heat to this post enough right now. Hand on heart, I nearly posted tonight asking for information on somewhere I could contact for help with PPD. I’ve reached my limit coping and I don’t know where to turn. Ultimately I chickened out, and 2 hours later this pops up.
Thank you so very much for making me aware of these places I can reach out. Part of me thinks it may not help, but I can only hope. Christmas certainly piles it on top as well.
Silurianxx17 m ago

Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. …Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. There are plenty of health sites available so why post it here. I come on this site to engage in mindless therapeutic consumerism not to be reminded about every charity and health problem in the world.


As you can pay for private healthcare, I suppose these free services could be classed as a deal.

But don't let that fact get in the way of your attention seeking rant.
Silurianxx29 m ago

Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. …Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. There are plenty of health sites available so why post it here. I come on this site to engage in mindless therapeutic consumerism not to be reminded about every charity and health problem in the world.


If you would like to take time out of your therapeutic consumerism to read back some of the comments, you'll get your answer about why it is on here.

I cleared it up at the beginning saying this wasn't a deal. It is also posted in the freebies section.

You may not take anything from this post but there are a hevk of a lot of people out there that simply need someone to talk to.

I wouldn't wish depression on my worst enemy. Thqnks to therapy and free advice lines I've thankfully came out the other side.

Instead of saving £5 on a game or Blu Ray. This post could help change someone's life for the better.
Edited by: "stevey_p7" 20th Dec 2018
Silurianxx34 m ago

Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. …Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. There are plenty of health sites available so why post it here. I come on this site to engage in mindless therapeutic consumerism not to be reminded about every charity and health problem in the world.


You clearly have never suffered from this illness or had someone close to you suffer, I cannot begin to explain what it is like to watch your loved one suffer, our neighbour lost her son to mental health illness he was just 19. Having these helplines that people may not know about may just stop someone from tipping over the edge.
Edited by: "Louise54" 20th Dec 2018
Silurianxx35 m ago

Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. …Yeah, whilst risking the political correctness police, this isn't a deal. There are plenty of health sites available so why post it here. I come on this site to engage in mindless therapeutic consumerism not to be reminded about every charity and health problem in the world.


"Silurianxx's alternate take on commonly held viewpoints is risky and refreshing. They have the courage to say what others daren't think and resultantly gain the respect of freethinkers far and wide."

Said no one. 20/12/18
Very useful! If this helps just one person find someone to talk to it could change theirs and their families/friends' lives for the better. Wish I could give this even more heat.
This is exactly what I need during these hard times recently. Thank you so much for posting this, I truly mean it.
It should be posted here. It's like finding a deal that you didn't think you needed in the first place until you saw it posted here. Hopefully helps the odd person scrolling who knows and is hiding or blocking issues internally.

Mental health should not be stigmatised anymore
THANK YOU for putting this up. At the very least, it's a resource for us all to come back to should we have the privilege of helping someone who needs it. Thank you
Louise5424 m ago

You clearly have never suffered from this illness or had someone close to …You clearly have never suffered from this illness or had someone close to you suffer, I cannot begin to explain what it is like to watch your loved one suffer, our neighbour lost her son to mental health illness he was just 19. Having these helplines that people may not know about may just stop someone from tipping over the edge.


Wow, you've made some assumptions there, this is actually my first christmas without my mum who died this year after a 12 month battle with cancer, your other assumptions are also wildly incorrect. This still isn't a deal.
eboni201211 m ago

This is exactly what I need during these hard times recently. Thank you so …This is exactly what I need during these hard times recently. Thank you so much for posting this, I truly mean it.


I'm really glad this has been of use to you. Stay strong eboni.
fraz11149 m ago

As you can pay for private healthcare, I suppose these free services could …As you can pay for private healthcare, I suppose these free services could be classed as a deal. But don't let that fact get in the way of your attention seeking rant.

Another set of assumptions that couldn't be further from the truth. It's still not a deal, this is a deal site, the editors have told me this on multiple occasions, if they were consistent then they would remove the post. If they were consistent then they would also give you a warning as you've attacked me personally.
Silurianxx11 m ago

Wow, you've made some assumptions there, this is actually my first …Wow, you've made some assumptions there, this is actually my first christmas without my mum who died this year after a 12 month battle with cancer, your other assumptions are also wildly incorrect. This still isn't a deal.


I am sorry for your loss, I know what it is like to loose a loved one to cancer and I am a cancer survivor myself.
The description does explain it very well. I'm all for saving lives.
I wish you well at this very difficult time of year for you.
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