Self Help Organisations

Please see below for Self Help Organisations that you may find helpful.

Action on Addiction

Tel: 0845 126 4130

Provides advice and support for anyone worried about someone they know who is suffering from an addiction problem.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel: 0845 769 7555


Provides information for people needing support and advice about the nature of alcohol dependence

Bereavement Advice Centre

Tel: 0800 634 9494

Provides support and advice for people on what needs to be done after a death.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Tel: 0808 802 5858

A male suicide prevention charity – suicide is currently the single biggest killer of 15-34 year old men in the UK – offering help, advice and information

Carers Direct

Tel: 0808 802 0202

Provides a guide to practical support and help available to carers.

Child Death Helpline

Tel: 0800 282 986

Offers support to those bereaved by loss of a child in any circumstances.

CRUSE Bereavement Care

Tel: 0870 167 1677 (Helpline)
0808 808 1677 (Young Persons Helpline)

Helpline for anyone affected by bereavement

Depression Alliance

Tel. 0845 123 2320 Web:

Provides support and understanding to anyone affected by depression

Divorce Recovery Workshop

Tel: 0700 078 1889

Help for newly separated or divorced individuals in the form of self-help groups, run by volunteers who have experience of relationship break-up.

Eating Disorders Association

Helpline: 08456 341 414
Tel: 01603 619 090

Provides information and help on all aspects of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, binge eating disorder and related eating disorders

Men’s Advice Line

Tel: 0808 801 0327

Men’s Advice Line: a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner (or ex-partner).


Tel: 0845 766 0163 (Helpline)

Leading UK Mental Health Charity offering supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, counselling, befriending, advocacy, employment and training schemes


Tel: 0800 980 1958

Help and support for parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.

Narcotics Anonymous

Tel: 0845 373 3366 (Helpline)

A voluntary organisation run by recovering addicts. Provides information for people needing support and advice about the nature of drug addiction

National Centre for Domestic Violence 

Tel: 0800 970 2070

Helps victims of domestic violence obtain non-molestation and injunctions from court to protect them from further abuse.

National Phobics Society

Helpline: 0870 122 2325

A national registered charity run by sufferers and ex-sufferers from anxiety disorders, providing phone and online support

National Self Harm Network

Tel: 0845 766 0163

Provides information, contacts and workshops on matters relating to self harm and promotes survivor written literature

No Panic

Helpline: 0808 808 0545

Runs local self help groups and produces a range of leaflets, information and audio tapes

OCD Action

Tel: 0845 390 6232

A national charity for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the related disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), compulsive skin picking (CSP) and trichotillomania


Tel: 0845 120 3778

OCD-UK is an OCD charity that is a charity for children and adults with OCD, run by sufferers, for sufferers. It facilitates a safe environment for people affected by OCD to communicate with each other and provide mutual understanding and support

One Parent Families/Gingerbread

Tel: 0808 802 0925

Provides information for lone parents on issues including: legal rights, benefits, maintenance, work, education and childcare.

PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)

Tel: 0870 170 4000 (Helpline)

Provides information for parents of suicidal children and supports those bereaved by suicide

Quit Smoking Community


A combination of quality information and strong community support to help people learn how to quit smoking once and for all


Tel: 0300 100 1234

Information on relationship counselling, psychosexual therapy, mediation and online advice.


Tel: 0300 5000 927

National Mental Health Charity: provision of expert advice and information to those affected by mental health problems.


Contact: 08457 909090

Providing 24 hour phone support, Samaritans is a national charity and the co-ordinating body for 201 Samaritans branches. Their aim is to reduce emotional distress and reduce suicidal feelings so that fewer people die by suicide.


Contact: 0845 767 8000 (helpline)

Provides emotional support, practical help and information for people affected by mental illness

Social Anxiety


A volunteer led organisation – providing information on social anxiety and related issues: support and information for shyness and self-consciousness; resources for understanding and combatting stress symptoms and nervous tension.

Talk to Frank

Contact: 0800 77 66 00

Formerly known as the National Drugs Helpline; a website ad telephone helpline offering advice, information and support to anyone concerned about drugs and substance misuse, including drug misusers, their families, friends and carers

Terrence Higgins Trust

Tel: 0845 1221 200

Offers information and general advice to those affected or concerned about HIV.

The Way Foundation

Tel: 0870 011 3450

Provides a support network for men and women widowed under the age of 50 and their children

Triumph Over Phobia (TOPUK)

Tel: 0845 600 9601 Web:

A national network of structured self-help groups. Helpline for people experiencing anxiety disorders