Are you a young person in crisis?
Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- If you need urgent help, text YM to 85258.
- All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
- Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
You can also call Childline for free to speak to someone about what's happening and how you're feeling.
Find your local NHS urgent mental health helpline (England only) for 24-hour advice and support.
Are you an adult in crisis?
Samaritans have a free helpline you can call. It's open 24 hours, 365 days of the year. They also offer email support.
If you are a parent and you are a looking for support for your child, or a young person you know, our Parents Helpline have a list of services that are open over the Christmas and New Year period.
If it's an emergency
If you are in an emergency and there is risk to life (that can be your own or another person's), call 999.
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger
Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis.
All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Texts can be anonymous, but if the volunteer believes you are at immediate risk of harm, they may share your details with people who can provide support.
Text: YM to 85258
Opening times: 24/7
If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small.
Can provide a BSL interpreter if you are deaf or hearing-impaired.
Hosts online message boards where you can share your experiences, have fun and get support from other young people in similar situations.
Phone: 0800 1111
Opening times: 7:30am - 3:30am, 365 days a year
Offers confidential advice and support for young people struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Its helpline service - HOPELINEUK - is available to anybody under the age of 35 experiencing suicidal thoughts, or anybody concerned that a young person could be thinking of suicide.
Phone: 0800 068 4141
Email: [email protected]
Opening times: 9am – 10pm, Monday - Friday; 2pm – 10pm, weekends; 2pm – 10pm, bank holidays
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Offers information and support for anybody affected by eating disorders.
One-to-one web chat available.
Enter your postcode in the HelpFinder to see what eating disorder support is available in your area.
Information on helpline accessibility and confidentiality available here.
Phone: 0808 801 0811 (studentline)
Opening times: 365 days a year - weekdays (9am - 8pm); weekends (4pm - 8pm)