Useful contact numbers In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, life can feel uncertain and you may not know where to turn. Below are links to useful organisations who may have some of the answers to your questions. Health Social Advice Mental Health Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence) Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling) Bereavement Crime Victims Eating Disorders Learning Disabilities Food banks NHS The NHS are there to help with medical queries, problems and emergencies. In light of the Coronavirus, it's best to call 111 first, or visit the NHS website before going to the GP. If it's an emergency, always call 999. Citizens Advice You can contact Citizens Advice for information around benefits, work, money and debts, housing, immigration and information surrounding the Coronavirus. Simply type in your postcode for information from your local Citizens Advice. Website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ Anxiety UK Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk Bipolar UK A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk CALM CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight) Website: www.thecalmzone.net Men's Health Forum 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk Mental Health Foundation Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk Mind Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) Website: www.mind.org.uk No Panic Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD. Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge Website: www.nopanic.org.uk PAPYRUS Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays) Website: www.papyrus-uk.org Samaritans Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) Website: www.samaritans.org.uk SANE Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm) Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum Website: www.sane.org.uk/support Shout Shout is led by trained volunteers who can help you in a moment of chaos/crisis to find calm. You can free text them 24/7 on 85258. Website: www.giveusashout.org/ YoungMinds Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) Website: www.youngminds.org.uk NSPCC Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline) 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline) Website: www.nspcc.org.uk 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 Website: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk Refuge Advice on dealing with domestic violence. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline) Website: www.refuge.org.uk Alcoholics Anonymous Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline and online support) Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk National Gambling Helpline Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight) Website: www.begambleaware.org Narcotics Anonymous Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight, with online meetings) Website: www.ukna.org Cruse Bereavement Care Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) Website: www.cruse.org.uk Rape Crisis To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm) Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk Victim Support Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline) Website: www.victimsupport.org Beat A charity supporting people who are going through difficult times with eating disorders Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s) Website: www.b-eat.co.uk Mencap Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) Website: www.mencap.org.uk Trussell Trust Charity helping provide families with food when they can’t afford food Website: https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/ Coronavirus is causing a great strain on families across the UK who are already vulnerable. If you can, help us support families during this difficult and uncertain time, because childhood cant wait. Support Home-Start in their work during Covid-19, today.