Find a support group that suits you
If you can’t reach out to friends or family, or you want to talk to someone in confidence, the organisations listed below are here to help you.
Organisations that can help
Talk to someone about how you’re feeling
- For the Samaritans call 116 123 for free or email at email@example.com
- Silverline: for people aged 55 and over, call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free
- The Mix provides free, confidential help for under 25s online and via a helpline. Call 0808 808 4494, text THEMIX to 85258 or use their online chat service on the website.
- If you are lonely or finding it difficult to cope in these uncertain times, call the free and confidential British Red Cross coronavirus support line on 0808 196 3651, open 10am to 6pm every day.
Online communities you could join
- For over 18s: www.sidebyside.mind.org.uk
- For parents: www.mumsnet.com
- For grandparents: www.gransnet.com
- For carers: www.carersuk.org/forum
Further sources of advice and support
- For over 55s visit www.thesilverline.org.uk
- For older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals visit Age UK at or call 0800 678 1602
- For older people, their families and carers visit Independent Age at or call 0800 319 6789 for free
- For carers: visit Carers Trust, call 0808 808 7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For people experiencing relationship difficulties visit Relate
- The British Red Cross Tackling Loneliness Digitally programme has developed some new resources to help build confidence, coping skills and connections for adults and young people.
- The Campaign to End Loneliness website
Looking after your own or someone else’s mental health
- NHS Every Mind Matters
- Mind Mental Health Charity has lots of resources online. You can also call their Infoline service at 0300 123 3393 or text 86464 or email email@example.com for further information
- Government advice on looking after mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus, and NHS advice on loneliness.