If you are living with a mental health problem, taking steps to improve your mental health or you are supporting someone with mental health the following resources could provide you with more information and support.

Depression Alliance

Provides information and support people with depression and their carers, also lists details of local self-help groups.


National mental health charity, which offers an excellent range of materials on all aspects of depression and manic depression. It also lists details of local Mind Associations.


  • SANEline: 01845 7678000

SANE is one of the UK’s leading charities concerned with improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. It has a helpline which offers support and information to callers throughout the UK. The site offers extensive literature on subjects including schizophrenia, depression and therapies.


  • Helpline: 0800 776600
  • Text:8211

Frank is the government’s national drug awareness campaign. It targets young people, their parents and professionals working with them.


Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotion support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

CALM (Campaign against Living Miserably)

  • Phone: 0800 585858 (Saturday – Tuesday, 5pm – midnight)
  • Minicom: 0800 027 2982

Bipolar UK

  • Phone: 0207 7931 6480 (Monday-Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm)

Anxiety UK

  • Phone: 0844 775774 (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm)

Work to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy sessions.

No Panic

  • Confidential helpline: 0800 138 8889

No panic is a charity whose aims are to aid the relief and rehabilitation of those suffering from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders.

OCD Action

Charity for people of all ages with obsessive compulsive disorder. Provides information and support, promoting recovery from OCD and the related disorders.

Self Harm

This website offers information about self-harm, the cause and diagnosis, self-help strategies, living with self-harm and many other resources. It strongly advocates that there is ‘No shame’ in self-harming.

Beat (beating eating disorders)

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0845 6341414 (Monday – Friday 10.30am – 8.30pm, weekends 1pm – 4.30pm, bank holidays 11.30am – 2.30pm)
  • Youth line: 0845 6347650 (Monday – Friday 4.30pm – 8.30pm), weekends and bank holidays as above.

Beat is the working name of eating disorders association. This website provides information on all aspects of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders and other related disorders.


  • Email:
  • National Advice Service: 0300 5000 927 (Monday-Friday 10am – 2pm)


  • Phone: 0845 7678000

A national out-of-hours helpline which provides support and information to anyone coping with mental illness. Opening hours: 6pm – 11pm every day, including Christmas day and all public holidays.

Hearing Voices Network

  • Email:
  • Enquiries and information: 0114 2718120 (Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm)

Hearing Voices Network consists of 130 self-help groups in England and Scotland. These groups help voice-hearers through discussion of the experience of voice-hearing. HVN is also there to help carers and to support and advise voice-hearers.

Apps for Wellbeing and Mental Health

Mental Health Recovery Guide (Free to use)

There are 17 essential things you need to know to fast track your recovery from mental illness. The Mental Health Recovery Guide (MHRG) will tell you what they are.

If you suffer from depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and if you are a mental health outpatient, or a newly discharged psychiatric in-patient at the UK’s NHS or elsewhere in the world, MHRG will help you to get well and stay well.


Five Ways to Wellbeing (Free to use)

This app offers a practical way to help you feel good and function well in the world.

Reflect on your wellbeing, set activities to help you improve your wellbeing and track your progress – all from the comfort of your phone; whenever it suits you!

Based on substantial research, use the Five Ways to Connect, Take Notice, Be Active, Keep Learning and Give your way to improved wellbeing.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing can help you with many different aspects of your life. There’s no daily dose or required level of work. Just use the app at your own pace to suit your life – you can even write and set your own personal activities. It’s wellbeing your way.


Stay Alive (Free to use)

This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.


WellMind (Free to use)

Wellmind is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression the app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.


Anxious Minds (Free to use)

Anxious minds are a charity that was set up by sufferers of anxiety and depression, to provide free support to all suffers of anxiety and depression. No matter where you are, no one should suffer alone just because you cannot afford treatment or that you’re on somebody’s waiting list.

Join our community and let’s start fighting back together and change the way mental health is supported forever, Social Network, Blogging Platform and Resource Centre; with an aim to encouraging people to gain knowledge and to share experiences relating to mental and emotional health issues – symptoms, treatments and medications. The app also includes:

  • Online 24 hours support group
  • Online peer support sessions / or start your own
  • Online support groups / or start your own
  • Advice and tips
  • Videos
  • Website developed by sufferers
  • Blog written by sufferers


Help and advice for people in receipt of benefits

For more general advice and help, please contact:

Buckinghamshire County Council

  • Phone: 01296 395000

Calls to our 0845 numbers cost a 7p per minute service charge plus your telephone company’s network access charge

Citizen Advice Bureau

  • Phone: 0844 2451289

Job Centre Plus

  • Phone: 0845 6043719
  • Text phone: 0845 6088551

National Debtline

Free advice and resources to help people deal with their debts

Aylesbury Vale District Council

  • Phone: 01296 585618

Chiltern District Council

  • Phone: 01494 729000

Wycombe District Council

  • Phone: 01494 421325

South Bucks District Council

  • Phone: 0895 837200

Page last reviewed: 25 June, 2021