USEFUL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY (BACP)
Information about counselling and a comprehensive list of accredited counsellors in local areas in Britain. There is also a Scottish equivalent organisation called COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).
Telephone: 0870 443 5219, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm (up to 8p a minute)
Provides a counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. Offers a free and confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. The website also contains information on emotional disorders and provides some useful statistics.
Telephone: 01252 416334, General Enquiries, Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm (national rate)Email:
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING RESOURCES
Provides 24 hour access to nurse advice, information about healthcare and about local health services. Contact NHS Direct for help with a current health concern, to ask about out of hours doctors’ services and for emergency health advice.
Helpline: 0845 46 47, every day, 24 hours a day (lo-call rate)
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Telephone: 116 123 every day, 24 hours a day (lo-call rate)
NSPCC - NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
Helpline: 0808 800 5000 every day, 24 hours a day (freephone)
Mind has confidential help and advice on a range of mental health issues. Also has a diverse range of information, leaflets, factsheets and publications - including pharmaceutical and complementary treatments; mental health conditions; positive mental health and rights for service users. Provides information and support to people with experience of mental ill health and to carers.
InfoLine: 0845 766 0163, Monday-Friday, 9:15pm-5:15pm (lo-call rate)Email:
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
Helps people to resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice. Local Citizen Advice Bureaux may be available through email, telephone, home visits, surgeries and at community-based offices.
CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELLING SERVICE (CCCS)
An independent charity that provides free debt and budgeting advice.
Helpline: 0800 138 1111, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-8:00pm (freephone)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Support is provided, which is confidential and anonymous, through local self help group meetings.
Landline: 0845 769 7555, also see the website for local group helplines (lo-call rate)
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE
Promotes the well-being of bereaved people and helps to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support, information and advice.
Helpline: 0844 477 9400, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm (lo-call rate)
BEATING EATING DISORDERS (BEAT)
Information and help on all aspects of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, binge eating disorder and related eating disorders. Also operates a network of local self help groups and a membership scheme.
Helpline: 0845 634 1414, Monday-Friday, 10:30am-8:30pm and Saturdays, 1:00pm-4:30pm; Bank Holidays, 11:30am-2:30pm (lo-call rate)
Youthline: 0845 634 7650, Monday-Friday, 4:30am-8:30pm and Saturdays, 1:00pm-4:30pm; Bank Holidays, 11:30am-2:30pm (lo-call rate)
ADOPTION SITES AND RESOURCES
Deciding to adopt – info
Comprehensive site with info on adoption