Local support (UK)
If you live in or around Wokingham and require free counselling, please contact ARC Counselling in Wokingham.
Parenting Special Children
This is a local organisation that offers telephone support, informal meet ups and training sessions/workshops for parents and carers of children who are different. Includes support with autism, ADHD, sleep challenges, trauma and attachment.
National organisations / referrals (UK)
Action for Elder Abuse
Provides a helpline (Elder Abuse Response) offering information, advice and support for those who suspect that an older person is being abused or for older people who are being abused.
- 0808 808 8141
Various sources of support for anxiety.
- Anxiety Alliance: www.anxietyalliance.org.uk
- Anxiety UK: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
- No Panic: www.nopanic.org.uk
- Social Anxiety UK: www.social-anxiety.org.uk
Beat – Beating Eating Disorders
Supports people affected by eating disorders.
- Tel: 0300 123 3355 or www.b-eat.org.uk
- Helpline: 0845 634 1414 (adult) / 0845 634 7650 (youth)
CALM (Campaign Against Men Living Miserably)
A charity dedicated to preventing male suicide
- 0800 585858 (Helpline open 5pm-midnight)
Mental health support for veterans and their families.
- 0800 138 1619 or www.combatstress.org.uk
Support and friendship for bereaved parents and their families.
- 0345 123 2304 (Daily 10am–4pm & 7pm–10pm)
An organisation offering free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people in the UK.
Information, advice or support for anyone affected by gambling.
- 0808 8020 133 or www.gamcare.org.uk
Young Suicide Prevention
- 0800 068 4141
Online counselling support, including links to urgent support.
- Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
- If you need urgent help, text YM to 85258
- Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus
Advice and support in relation to LGBT issues.
- 0345 3 30 30 30
Men’s Advice Line
Helpline for male victims of domestic abuse.
- 0808 8010 327
Mind Info Line
General mental health advice and information.
- 0300 123 3393
- text – 86463
Free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
Supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.
- 0800 980 1958
National Autistic Society
Information for families with a diagnosis of autism.
Also provides an autism helpline:
- 0808 800 4104 (10am – 3pm, Monday to Friday)
- https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/help-and-support/helpline for postal address or to submit an online enquiry
National Self-Harm Network
Support individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life and to support and provide information for family and carers of individuals who self harm.
- Call 0808 800 5000 to discuss or report a concern about the safety or welfare of a child.
- Call 0800 1111 if you are 18 and under
Provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD.
- 0845 390 6232
Umbrella body for a network of independent Rape Crisis Centres who provide specialist support and services for victims and survivors of sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse.
- 0808 802 9999
For women affected by self-injury, whether their own or that of a friend or family.
- Text: 07537 432444 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7pm–9.30pm)
SOBS – Survivors of Bereavement of Suicide
Support for survivors of bereavement of suicide.
- 0300 111 5065 (Monday to Friday 9am–9pm)
Support for women and children exposed to domestic violence.
- 0808 2000 247
Support for parents and carers concerned about their emotional or mental health of under 25s.
- Parents helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–4pm)
I have tried to ensure accuracy of the contact information above, but I may have made mistakes. Please do let me know if you spot any and I will happily amend them.
I have no connection with and am not responsible for the content or services offered by any of the organisations on this page. The exception is ARC Counselling, for whom I currently work as a volunteer low-cost counsellor.