Useful contacts and support

Find organisations offering care and support for your mental health, counselling services, and apps and books to help your emotional well-being.

Support for your lung condition

Asthma + Lung UK Helpline

0300 222 5800 (open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)

Call and speak to one of our respiratory nurse specialists or health care advisors about any questions or concerns you have about your lung condition, no matter how big or small. 

Asthma + Lung UK WhatsApp Service

07999 377 775 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)

Chat to our asthma clinical team via WhatsApp. We aim to reply to all your messages within 24 hours on working days. 

Asthma + Lung UK Support Groups

0300 3030 253 

Asthma + Lung UK runs a network of more than 150 support groups for people living with lung conditions. We also have online support groups. 

Asthma + Lung UK Health Unlocked

You can connect with other people living with asthma and other lung conditions on our Community Forum.

Asthma + Lung UK Health Advice

Our website has a range of health advice to help you understand and manage your lung condition.

Self-Management UK

A charity that runs self-management courses for people with long-term conditions to help them take control of their lives.

Support for your mental health

Samaritans

116 123 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) 

A free confidential helpline where you can discuss your feelings. 

Anxiety UK

03444 775 774 or text 07537 416 905 (9.30am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday)

Information and support for people living with anxiety disorders.

NHS – Mental health and well-being

NHS information on mental health and well-being. It includes a mood self-assessment resource that can help you understand how you’ve been feeling and what you can do about it.

Mind

0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm, Monday-Friday) 

Advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Side by Side

Connect with others and share how you're feeling in a safe online space. This service is run by Mind, the mental health charity.

Relate

Provides relationship support, through counselling, mediation and workshops. 

Find your nearest Relate for more information about what’s available to you.]

The Silver Line

Confidential, free helpline for older people open every day and night of the year. It offers conversation and friendship, provides information and advice and can refer people on to receive regular friendship calls.

Helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90

No Panic

0300 772 9844. Free helpline and advice for people who experience anxiety and panic attacks. Open 10am-10pm every day of the year. 

You can also access the crisis message 24 hours a day by calling 01952 680835. 

Shout Crisis text line

For support in a crisis text ‘Shout’ to 85258. You can text any time, day or night.

NHS urgent mental health helpline

24-hour advice and support, for you or someone you care for. This service is for people living in England only.

Call 999 or go to A&E:

if you or someone you know needs immediate help

Support services for younger people

ChildLine

0800 1111 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) 

A free confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK.

The Mix

0808 808 4994 (4pm-11pm, every day)

People under 25 can call this free helpline to talk about anything. 

YoungMinds

Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday). A free helpline for parents that are worried about their child’s mental health. They also have an email and webchat service for parents

No Panic Youth Line 

0330 606 1174 (open between 3pm and 6pm Monday to Friday and 6pm and 8pm Thursday and Saturday) 

A helpline and advice service for young people who experience anxiety and panic attacks. 

Sidekick 

Text 07888 868 059

A confidential and anonymous text service for young carers aged 13-18. 

Support for grief

Cruse Bereavement Care

Call for free on 0808 808 1677 (9.30am-5pm Monday & Friday, 9.30am-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-2pm Saturday & Sunday) 

Online chat (9am-9pm, Monday-Friday) 

A charity that helps people who have lost loved ones to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

Grief Encounter

Free helpline 0808 802 0111 (9am-9pm, Monday-Friday) 

Email and live chat at grieftalk@griefencounter.org.uk

Support for children and young people dealing with bereavement.

Find counselling services

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0330 320 0851

A list of accredited therapists who specialise in CBT.

Counselling Directory

This service provides information on how to find a counsellor who is appropriate for your needs, as well as information on emotional disorders.

NHS

If you’re over 18 and live in England, you can access the NHS psychological therapies services.  

UK Council for Psychotherapy

If you live in the UK, you can use this service to find a registered therapist near you.

Phone apps to help you manage your mental well-being

Search the NHS apps library for a full list of mental health apps. 

Headspace

Guided meditation and mindfulness.

Calm

Mindfulness app to help reduce anxiety, sleep better and reduce stress. 

Sidekick

A free mental health app with interactive tools, exercises and tips to support your well-being.

Books to help you understand and manage mental health

There are lots of books available to help you understand and manage your mental well-being, so it’s worth doing a search online to find books that are of interest to you. Most bookshops now have a section on mental health that would be worth looking at.

Reading Well for mental health has collated a list of books that can help you understand your mental health better. All Reading Well books are recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions.

For a complete list of mental health charities, organisations and support groups across the UK, take a look at this list on the NHS website.

Get support

Call our Helpline for support with your condition. Get advice on your medicines, symptoms or travelling with a lung condition, or just call us to say hello.

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