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Useful info sites for people suffering with depression

SupportLine Telephone Helpline: 01708 765200 (Helpline)
Confidential emotional support to Children Young People and Adults. Also keeps details of agencies, support groups and counsellors throughout UK.

  • Action on Depression (Scotland):
    Telephone information and other support for people affected by depression. Information about symptoms and treatment, listening support and signposting to other agencies.

  • Association for Post Natal Illness: 020 7386 0868
    To advise and support women suffering from post natal illness. Running a network of volunteers to support sufferers throughout the UK.

  • Aware Defeat Depression: 08451 202961 (area served N.Ireland)
    Support, information or a listening ear for all those affected by depressive illnesses.

  • Bipolar UK:
    020 7931 6480 
    Advice and information for people with manic depression and their families, carers and mental health professionals. Supply a range of information leaflets, books and tapes. Network of self help groups for people with manic depression, relatives and friends. Self management training programme.

  • Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87 (Area served SCOTLAND)
    Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone line for people in Scotland who are experiencing low mood or depression. Breathing Space is available to the public every day of the year, 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday–6am Monday) and 6pm-2am (Monday-Thursday).

  • CALL Community Advice and Listening Line (Wales): 0800 132737
    Mental health helpline for Wales providing confidential listening support service.  

  • Calmzone:
    National 0800 585858
    Campaign Against Living Miserably. Help and support for young men aged 15-35 on issues which include depression and suicide.

  • Childline: 0800 1111

  • Directory and Book Services:
    07854 653118
    Wide range of books including those on depression, self esteem assertiveness, self harm, child abuse.

  • Depression Alliance:
    Also offer a range of information on depression and treatment options. National network of self help groups for people experiencing depression. National pen friend scheme offering support and fellowship to people with depression and their carers. Quarterly newsletter, booklets and leaflets on depression.

  • Depression UK:
    Self Help Nottingham, Ormiston House, 32-36 Pelham Street, Nottingham NG1 2EG UK
    Wide self help organisation made up of individual members and groups which meet locally on a regular basis for mutual support. £10 yearly membership (reductions for those who cannot afford that amount).

  • Get Connected: 0808 808 4994
    Free telephone and email helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem. Can connect a child or young person to any UK helpline where appropriate.

  • Health in Mind (Scotland)
    0131 225 8508
    Promotes positive mental health and well being in Scotland. Provides a wide range of services including support, respite, befriending, day services, counselling/talking therapies, face to face and on telephone.

  • Lifeline (N.Ireland)
    0808 808 8000
    For anyone in N.Ireland who is in distress or despair. Immediate help on phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Face to face counselling can be arranged, also befriending, mentoring. Issues dealt with include suicide prevention, self harm, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety.
    Run by Contact N.Ireland independent counselling service employing professional qualified counselors who have extensive experience of working with people facing a wide range of problems, free to all users.

  • The Maytree: 020 7263 7070
    Sanctuary for the suicidal offering befriending and support (based in N.London).

  • The Mental Health Foundation:

    Publish a booklet 'Understanding Depression'.

  • Mind (National Association for Mental Health): 0300 123 3393
    Publish booklets relating to Depression.

  • Mood Swings:
    Helpline: 0161 832 3736
    National Helpline and online support providing free and confidential information, advice and support to people with mood disorders, family, friends and health and social care professionals. Also one to one, support groups, workshops at Centre in Manchester.

  • Muslim Youth Helpline:
    0808 808 2008
    (Area served London)
    Helpline providing culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth under the age of 25. Outreach services including family mediation, face to face counselling and befriending.

  • National Youth Advocacy Service:
    0808 808 1001
    Provides information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to young people up to the age of 25 through a network of advocates throughout England and Wales.

  • SAD Association:
    To inform the public about seasonal affective disorder. To support and advise sufferers of the illness. Limited light box hire scheme. Supply contacts list for members.

  • Samaritans:
    Helpline: 116 123 (free of charge from a landline or mobile)

  • Coram Voice:
    0808 800 5792
    Telephone advice, information and advocacy services for children in care. Helpline for care leavers - 0808 100 3224. Visiting advocacy service for children in secure units and other residential homes.

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Useful websites

    Improving mental health and emotional well being.

  • - Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. Blurt will help you understand depression and what it means for you. They offer a listening ear and support and access to a facebook group offering peer support.
  • www.cwmt.orgthe Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Awareness of the signs of depression, information and resources


  • – An interactive site with resources for young people with depression, using self help ideas and relaxation techniques

    Trained student volunteers provide emotional support to students. Operating in the night when many other university services are closed.

    A website for all men who suffer from depression or anxiety from all round the world. Support group for men with mental health issues in Abergavenny Monmouthshire, Wales. The organisation is also interested in creating dialog with women who know a man who has suffered or currently suffers from a mental health issue.

  • - A site which explores the relationship of what you eat and how you feel

  • - Information and support for those suffering from depression (American site)

    Information relating to mental health, depression, stress and anxiety

  • – Online training programme using cognitive behavioural therapy for preventing depression

  • - Lots of useful information

    Day to day support service and crisis support to help reduce suicide, depression and other stress related illnesses to service users who are in need of emotional support and encouragement. Instant online support for any person who may be experiencing something in their life which they may be finding difficult to cope with. Also peer to peer support facilitated and monitored through facebook by trained admins where service users support each other through discussion, topics and open forums

  • - Depression help and advice  

  • - Self help guides under mental health leaflets on depression

  • (American site) - Online support group for people with manic depression (bipolar disorder)

  • - Website set up by women who are suffering or have suffered with post natal illness, information, email support partner, chatroom

  • - Site contains excellent information and help for anyone feeling depressed

  • - Click on 'medical conditions', click on 'mental health', then 'depression' for information

  • - Supportive site for men who suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts

SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. The Helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse. SupportLine is a member of the Helplines Association. SupportLine also provides support by email and post

Contact Us


Helpline: 01708 765200 (hours vary so ring for details)

Admin: 01708 765222



SupportLine, PO Box 2860, Romford, Essex RM7 1JA





The Association provides a telephone helpline. information leaflets for sufferers and healthcare professionals as well as a network of volunteers, (telephone and postal), who have themselves experienced postnatal illness.

Helpline: 020 7386 0868, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm and Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00am-5:00pm (national rate)

Email:             Website:

  • BIPOLAR UK (Previously called MDF - The Bipolar Organisation.)

A user-led charity that works to enable people affected by bipolar disorder (manic depression) to take control of their lives. Provides information, and a wide range of support services for members. Also helps people by supporting self-management, and with a national helpline and local self help groups throughout the UK.

Helpline: 0845 634 0540, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm (lo-call rate)



This website provides links to the following sites:


Carers UK is the voice of carers and the leading campaigning, policy and information organisation for carers.

Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services.

The National Association of Citizen's Advice Bureaua, including their in-depth AdviceGuide.

An organisation promoting the well-being of bereaved people, enabling anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Cruse provides support, info, advice, education and training services.


Providing support and advice to people affected by depression

Campaigning for disability equality and human rights

Disabilities Forum can assist, advise, and represent disabled people on a number of issues such as Benefits, Housing, Education, Training, Employment, Equipment Grants, Travel, and Leisure Access.

Disability Wales is the national association of disabled people's organisations, striving to achieve the rights, equality and independence of disabled people in Wales.

A national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

A mental health research, policy and service improvement charity committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives.

A mental health charity offering support and advice on a wide range of mental health issues, as well as an information and legal advice line.

An information site for sufferers and survivors of all types of postnatal depression.

Works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland.

SANE is a mental health charity working to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. SANE operate an emotional support line every day from 6pm-11pm.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

Turn2us exists to help people access the funds they need that are available to them – through benefits, grants and other financial help.



Supports people with experience of depression through a pen-friend scheme, membership and newsletter. Provides information and publications and campaigns to raise awareness of depression. Also operates a network of local self-help groups throughout the UK, with support for new groups and information about existing groups. Click here...

Telephone: 0845 123 23 20 (to request an information pack only)




Journeys (Towards Recovery from Depression) is the only organisation with the sole purpose of supporting people affected by depression in Wales, and their family and friends.

Journeys takes a holistic approach to overcoming depression through guided self- help, building the foundations for sustainable and long-term well- being. Provides information, practical resources, services and training that promote the development of skills and strategies to help people find their own route to recovery, and also co-ordinates a network of self- help groups.

Telephone: 029 2069 2891


Website: http://


An online forum offering support and friendship to all mothers and mothers-to-be, especially those feeling lonely or isolated after the birth of a baby or moving to a new area.



Information and membership packs for people effected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (also generally known as winter depression).