Useful phone numbers

  • Abortion Help

    0845 300 80 90

    24-hour abortion information service run by Marie Stopes International clinics.

  • Age Concern

    0800 00 99 66

    Information and advice on a broad rance of topics affecting older people

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    0845 769 7555

    For those who think their drinking is becoming a problem, Alcoholics Anonymous offers the chance to talk to someone who know the issues through personal experience.

  • Asthma UK Adviceline

    08457 01 02 03

    Asthma nurse specialists provide independent, confidential advice and support to people living with asthma, their families, friends and carers and to health professionals.

  • Autism Helpline

    0845 070 4004

    The National Autistic Society Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support for people with autism spectrum disorders, their families, professionals, researchers and students.

  • BackCare helpline

    0845 130 2704

    Speak to someone at this registered charity who has experienced back pain. The helpline provides support and information and explains your options

  • Beating Eating Disorders

    0845 634 1414

    Confidential helpline offering support and advice for anyone affected by an eating disorder.

  • Beaumont Society

    01582 412220

    Advice and support for transgender, transvestite , transsexual and crossdressing people to reduce emotional stress and increase understanding.

  • Breast Cancer Care helpline

    0808 800 6000

    Nurses and trained workers with personal or professional experience of breast cancer offer information and support on any aspect of breast cancer or breast health.

  • Brook Advisory Centres

    0808 802 1234

    Free and confidential sexual health advice and services for under-25s.

  • Cancerbackup

    0808 800 1234

    Information from nurses about all types and aspects of cancer - diagnosis, treatment, symptom control, clinical trials, support groups and where to get practical and emotional help.

  • Carers Direct

    0808 802 0202

    Confidential information and advice for anyone looking after someone else. 

  • ChildLine

    0800 1111

    Support, information and advice for children on any topic they want to talk about - bullying, gangs, puberty, sexual abuse, alcohol, drugs, or anything else that worries them.

  • Condom essential wear

    0800 567 123

    Free and confidential sexual health information and advice.

  • Contact a Family

    0808 808 3555

    Information on specific conditions and rare disorders for families with disabled children.

  • Cruse Day by Day

    0844 477 9400

    Help and support for people who are bereaved. Also offers a special line for young people on 0808 808 1677.

  • Domestic Violence Helpline

    0808 2000 247

    National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline for those who require an urgent response or need in-depth support. The helpline is run by Women's Aid and Refuge.

  • Drinkline

    0800 917 8282

    Information and self-help materials, help to callers worried about their own drinking, support for family and friends of people who are drinking, and advice on where to go for help.

  • FPA

    0845 122 8690

    For information and advice on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion, or planning a pregnancy

  • Frank

    0800 77 66 00

    Call for confidential and friendly advice about drugs from professional advisers who will give you straight up, unbiased information.

  • Heart helpline

    08450 70 80 70

    British Heart Foundation's cardiac nurses and information officers provide information to help support any medical advice you have already had from your GP or consultant.

  • Learning Disability Helpline

    0808 808 1111

    An advice and information service from Mencap for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

  • Macmillan CancerLine

    0808 808 2020

    Information and advice for anyone with concerns about living with cancer. Also offers a textphone service on 0808 808 0121.

  • Meningitis Research Foundation

    0808 800 3344

    Trained staff and qualified nurses offer information on meningitis and septicaemia to anyone concerned about or affected by these infections.

  • Mind Info Line

    0845 766 0163

    Mind's helpline gives confidential advice and help for people with mental health problems

  • Rethink

    0845 456 0455

    Helpline services offering practical and emotional support to those experiencing severe mental illness, their carers and relatives.

  • Shelter

    0808 800 4444

    Free housing advice from the homelessness and housing charity.

  • Stroke helpline

    0845 303 3100

    Advice from the Stroke Association, which helps stroke patients and their families through its support services and funds research into prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

  • The Patients Association

    0845 608 4455

    For concerns about healthcare in general, this national charity provides patients with a way to raise issues and share experiences as it works to improve the care we all receive.

  • The Samaritans

    08457 90 90 90

    Confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who feel distressed, despairing or suicidal.

  • THT Direct

    0845 1221 200

    Information, support and advice from the Terrence Higgins Trust on all aspects of HIV and sexual health