The Christmas period can be tough for some and you may need people to talk to. Just because we are out of office doesn't mean that there isn't anyone for you to talk to. Take a look at our list of useful phone numbers that you may need if you're feeling like you're at breaking point over the festive season.

Your local Home-Start

You can contact your local Home-Start using our interactive map - not all Home-Starts will be closed during the festive season so it is worth giving them a call to see. 

Click here to find your local Home-Start


Open 24/7, 365 days of the year

Samaritans 

Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone - 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Tel: 116 123
Website: www.samaritans.org 

National Domestic Violence Helpline

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you are not alone. You can call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. 
Tel: 0808 2000 247

Varied opening hours

Respect - Men's Advice Line

'Our focus is to increase the safety of men experiencing domestic abuse (and the safety of their children) and to offer you non-judgmental emotional support, practical advice and information for other specialist services.'
Tel: 0808 801 0327
Opening times:
Wed 23rd: Telephone and Email Support: 9am-8pm and Webchat 10-11am & 3-4pm
Thur 24th (Christmas Eve): Telephone and Email Support: 9am-8pm and Webchat 10-11am & 3-4pm
Fri 25th (Christmas Day): CLOSED
Sat 26th (Boxing Day): CLOSED
Sun 27th: Email Support: 10am-12noon & 4-6pm
Mon 28th: CLOSED
Tue 29th: Telephone and Email Support: 9am-8pm
Wed 30th: Telephone and Email Support: 9am-8pm and Webchat 10-11am & 3-4pm
Thur 31st (New Years Eve): Telephone and Email Support: 9am-8pm and Webchat 10-11am & 3-4pm
Fri 1st (New Years Day): CLOSED
Sat 2nd: Email Support: 10am-12noon & 4-6pm

Mind

'Our team provides information on a range of topics including:

  • types of mental health problems
  • where to get help
  • medication and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.'
Tel: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463
Website: www.mind.org.uk
Their website has many different tips to help with coping mechanisms, how to distract yourself and how to understand what's happening to you
Opening times:

Thur 24th (Christmas Eve): 9am - 6pm
Fri 25th (Christmas Day): CLOSED
Sat 26th (Boxing Day): CLOSED
Sun 27th: CLOSED
Mon 28th: CLOSED
Tue 29th: 9am - 6pm
Wed 30th: 9am - 6pm
Thur 31st (New Years Eve): 9am - 6pm
Fri 1st (New Years Day): CLOSED

CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably 

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day

Tel (nationwide): 0800 58 58 58 
Tel (London): 0808 802 58 58 
Opening times:
5pm - midnight, 365 days a year 

PANDAS Foundation

'The PANDAS Foundation is here to help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness.  We are also here to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.'

Tel (nationwide): 0808 1961 776
Opening times:
9:00am - 8:00pm, 365 days a year 

For urgent medical attention, your options are Accident & Emergency (A&E) and Emergency GP appointments or 999.

For urgent medical advice, you can call the NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct (Wales).