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Reach out for help and grab it hard. It might be the bravest decision you make. Know that you are not alone and that there is always support available for you if you need it. Visiting your GP might be the first step and they can provide options for you to consider. The following list is only a tiny fraction of the support that is out there.


Carers Trust, befriending and sitting services

Befriending Network, directory


NHS talking therapies, choices

NHS self referral 

NHS CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy explained 

NHS Counselling, explained


Mind, support guide

Side by Side, online support community from Mind  

Samaritans self help app  


NHS mental health apps

Mind, mental health information phoneline, call 0300 123 3393

Shout, mental health text support service, text 85258 


Acacia Family Support (Birmingham)

Action for Children

Applause For Thought, arts workers mental health support


Black Minds Matter

Campaign Against Living Miserably, men's mental health

Children's Centres

Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations, directory of services

Forward Steps (Birmingham), early years health and wellbeing 

Maternal Mental Health Alliance, support resources   

Men’s Minds Matter

Movember, men’s mental health 

Pink Therapy, LGBTQI+ therapy 

Pride Counselling, LGBTQI+ online counselling

sTandTall, women's and girls' support from abuse 

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network

The Maya Centre, women's counselling 

Talkspace app, LGBTQI+ specific support  

Women's Aid

Women's Trust, support from domestic abuse 

Wish, women's mental health 


If you are in urgent need of help

  • call 999 for an ambulance

  • go to your local A&E right away

  • or call your local crisis team, if you have their number

Ask someone to help you if you can’t do this yourself


If you are D/deaf, contact Sign Health’s Crisis Line by texting DEAF to 85258


If you live in Birmingham, the emergency mental health line is 0121 262 3555

Samaritans Phoneline 116 123

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