Self Help Resources
This page lists contact details for organisations that provide information, advice and support for a range of mental health conditions. Please note that these resources are provided for information purposes only and are not intended as advice or a recommendation for any treatment or course of action. It is important to always consult a trained professional for advice and guidance in relation to your specific concerns.
Samaritans (Crisis Support)
The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. They listen to you and help you talk through your concerns, worries, and troubles. They won't judge you or tell you what to do. The Samaritans don’t offer advice but instead, they listen to you. The Samaritans focus on your thoughts and feelings and may ask questions to help you explore how you feel.
A free confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious, or depressed.
Shout is the UK's first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. Shout offers support for people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need in-the-moment support.
Advice on dealing with low mood, anxiety, phobias, stress and where you can get help.
Anxiety UK is a registered charity that aims to help people to cope with and recover from anxiety by providing information and self-help resources. They also strive to increase awareness in the general public of the causes and conditions of anxiety disorders and associated phobias.
No Panic offers advice, support, recovery programs and help for phobias, OCD and any other anxiety-based disorders.
OCD Action 0ffers support to people affected by OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. OCD Action supports people to seek help, to understand their treatment options, and find the support and motivation they need to fight back. OCD is treatable, it can get better.
OCD-UK helps you understand Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Information plays an important role in helping people understand and come to terms with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). They are here to educate, offer hope, and support people through the difficult times, right through to recovery, and everything in between.
Papyrus provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide.
PTSD-UK offers information, advice and support for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and complex PTSD. PTSD UK does not provide direct clinical care and cannot refer you for treatment.
- Website: ptsduk.org/
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind provides supportive and reliable information that can change your life. Mind aims to empower people to understand their condition and the choices available to them.
Scottish Association for Mental Health
SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. SAMH works with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with their national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention, and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is a professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. The BACP has a directory of therapists so that you can contact someone for support in your local area. They also provide a credible and reliable information about mental health.
Visit Counselling Resources to take psychological self-tests and quizzes, read about symptoms and treatments, compare types of counselling and psychotherapy, and learn about secure online therapy. All the information is put together by a dedicated and talented team of mental health professionals from all over the world.
- Website: counsellingresource.com