In honour of World Mental Health Day, here are some useful websites and apps covering a range of topics. There’s a wealth of information and support out there!
Mental Health and Wellbeing General
A wide range of information and self help resources relating to Mental Health
Supportive Online Community for those with mental health problems.
Information and resources on a variety of mental health topics.
Free online course for stress, anxiety and depression.
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Saneline Support Services including online and helpline support
Helpline open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.
Support for Specific Mental Health Conditions
Provides valuable information for sufferers and carers of people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
Helpline: 0844 967 4848 Everyday 10am-10pm.
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Telephone and online support for people with eating disorders.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
Helplines are open 365 days a year from 12pm–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays.
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Crisis Support Including Suicidal Thoughts
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Email support also offered: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Text Shout to 85258
Victims of Crime
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm)
Help for male, trans, and non-binary victims of sexual abuse as well as their friends and family, no matter when the abuse happened.
If you’ve been affected by crime and you need confidential support or information.
Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline)
Galop is the UK’s only specialist LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Includes Hate Crime and Domestic Violence Support.
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428
Mon to Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Wed to Thur: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Representing the needs and expectations of disabled people in the UK.
Disabled Students Helpline: 0330 995 0414
Opening hours: 11am-1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging.
0300 330 0630
Open 10:00-22:00 every day
Providing Carers with advice, information and support.
Telephone helpline: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am – 4pm 0808 808 7777.
Apps to find in your app store
Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.
Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.
SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace.
Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the Cove app. Instead of words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, calm and anger. You can store your music in a personal journal, or send them to someone and let the music do the talking.
Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game-based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life.
SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.
Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password protected.
The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.
The app will guide you through the process of learning about sleep, developing positive sleep routines, and improving your sleep environment. It provides a structured program that teaches strategies proven to improve sleep and help alleviate symptoms of insomnia.
This app offers a free 10-day beginner’s course that guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. Further courses require paid subscription.
Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life.