Children with mental health problems face long waiting times for NHS treatment

There are dozens of places to get help online, including web chats, text help, phone calls, and even apps with games to help you manage your emotions.

If you need help or just want to know what’s available to you, we’ve put together a full list of a number of services Here.

Below are just a few of the helplines and websites that can help you.

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service that is available every day of the year. If you’d rather write down how you are feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]

Pete’s Dragons (01395 277780) provides technical assistance and advice to suicide victims in any way by phone or email at [email protected]

Childline (0800 1111) operates a hotline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t appear on your phone bill.

Papyrus (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organization that speaks openly about suicide and supports teenagers and young adults who may have thoughts of suicide. You can also contact Papyrus by text on 07786 209697 or by email at [email protected]

The opening times are as follows; Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., on weekends from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., on public holidays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. There is no hotline, but it does offer a variety of useful resources and links to other relevant information. http://www.depressionalliance.org/

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, in a bad mood, or have thoughts of suicide. Bullying UK is a website for bullying children and adults. http://studentsagainstdepression.org/

The sanctuary (0300 003 7029) operates a 24-hour service that is available every day of the year for people who have difficulty dealing with depression, anxiety, panic attacks or crisis.

Andy’s Man Club now has four groups in Devon (Plymouth, Newton Abbot, Torbay, Exeter). It provides men with a safe, non-judgmental, confidential place to talk and get things off their chest. Any man over 18 can email [email protected] for access during the lockdown.

Livewell southwest provides integrated health and social services for people via Plymouth and other parts of the region. For inquiries about anxiety and depression, please email [email protected]

If you are concerned about your mental health or that of a loved one or friend, you can call the helpline 0800 923 9323, This is Livewell’s First Response Service. You can contact us around the clock on 0800 923 9323.

Livewell also operates Chathealth, a text service used by health visitors and school nurses to support families and youth.

The service is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding public holidays. Outside business hours, anyone who sends an SMS to the service will receive an automated message with instructions on where to get help if their question is urgent.

Livewell ChatHealth 0-5 years parent service – 07480 635188
Livewell ChatHealth 5-10 years parent service – 07480 635189
Livewell ChatHealth 11-19 years of youth service – 07480 635198

SHOUT (85258) is a 24/7 UK crisis text service available for times when people feel they need immediate assistance.

When you send “SHOUT” to “85258”, a copywriter will be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer (CV) who will chat with you about trained techniques via text. For help or to learn more about how Shout works, visit Get help Page.

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