Get in touch with a local support group

In these challenging times here are some useful links, websites and helplines.

Family Support - Talk to the Time to Connect Team
Help and advice for families who are finding it hard to cope with being at home, balancing working and childcare or home schooling. You can contact the team to talk through any worries you might have and the website provides lots of helpful resources and guides.

SMART recovery do some online meetings and also have cater for family and friends

British Red Cross
Call the free and confidential coronavirus support line on 0808 196 3651 to chat to a friendly British Red Cross volunteer who can connect you to support in your area. The phone line is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

Recovery Dharma Online organizes daily meetings accessible via computer, smartphone, or dial-in. Together we meditate, study Buddhist teachings, and support each other on our paths to sobriety and peace.

Recovery College Online Providing a range of online educational courses and resources to people with experience of mental illness, from service users to their family, friends and staff.

Anxiety UK
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Men's Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

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.
0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge.

OCD Action
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge

A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

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:
Peer support forum:

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

See also Supporting domestic abuse victims during the coronavirus outbreak

Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)

Alcoholics Anonymous
0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline)

National Gambling Helpline 
0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)

Narcotics Anonymous 
0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)

Family Lives
Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying.
0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm)

Links to some useful NHS advice

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