If you need to speak to someone right now, here are some confidential options which provide 24/7 support. If you're worried you might hurt yourself or someone else, please call 999, or go to your nearest A and E.
For people who are experiencing distress or despair.0808 808 8000
Helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.0800 1111
A freephone helpline to help those in vulnerable groups to access information, advice and guidance in relation to COVID-19 is open 9.00 am to 5.00pm, seven days a week.
The helpline is local to Northern Ireland and is managed by Advice NI.
Freephone number: 0808 802 0020
You can also get in touch by email and text message:
Text: ACTION to 81025
During this time, you may be feeling worried about finding emotional support, and opportunities to access face to face support may become more limited.
However, please do keep your appointments with your mental health team and if you are at risk of hurting yourself or someone else, call 999 or go to A&E. You matter and deserve help.
If you need additional support, services which offer support on the phone or online may be helpful. The online spaces are all moderated to help keep users safe. None of the below resources are intended to replace mental health support, or crisis support. If someone needs urgent help, they should still follow their crisis plan.
A peer support community for over 18s. It's run by Mental Health UK and provides a safe place to share 24 hours a day.
A peer support community run by Mind for over 18s. It has house rules and robust moderation. It is not for crisis support.
A busy community which provides information and support to 13-25 year olds on a range of topics.
Online counselling for children and young people.
Hold online support groups for people who are affected by depression or bipolar disorder on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.30pm - 3.30pm. Find out more: https://www.aware-ni.org/how-we-can-help-you/aware-ni-online-support-groups
Extern offer over the phone support for those impacted by mental health, drugs, alcohol and have thoughts of suicide. Their crisis intervention helpline number is: 0800 085 4808 you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07442533165.
Supports lesbian and bisexual women and their families, are running wellbeing events and support online and on the phone.
If you're experiencing low mood, AWARE run a support line Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. Please call 07548530931 or 07340488254