Useful links

Useful links

Emotional Health

Anxiety UK – Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Beat
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity: Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s). Website: www.b-eat.co.uk

Bipolar UK – A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM – CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.  Tel: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight) Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Website: www.cruse.org.uk

Men’s Health Forum – 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD. Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge. Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

NSPCC
Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline). 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline). Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

OCD Action
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge. Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD UK
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Website: www.ocduk.org

PAPYRUS
Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays). Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rape Crisis
To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm). Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm). Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline). Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm) Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

Victim Support
Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline). Website: www.victimsupport.org

YoungMinds
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm). Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Practical Support and Physical Health

NHS
Website – https://www.nhs.uk/
NHS non emergency number – 111
Local GP surgeries will be a first port of call for any help with any physical health issues.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline).
Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines. Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on weekends). Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

DEAFBLIND
Deafblind UK is a national charity supporting people with sight and hearing loss, enabling them to live the lives they want.
Website: https://deafblind.org.uk/ 
Tel 0800 132 320 text 07950 008 870 

Mencap
Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Website: www.mencap.org.uk

Narcotics Anonymous
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight) Website: www.ukna.org

National Gambling Helpline
Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight).
Website: www.begambleaware.org

Refuge
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Royal National Institute for the Blind
The websites provides lots of useful information for people who are, or if you are working with people who are blind or partially sighted. It also includes many resources for people working people who also have complex needs alongside the sight loss  such as dementia, learning difficulties, dual-sensory loss
Website: https://www.rnib.org.uk/  Tel: 0303 123 9999

SSAFA
SSAFA helps the armed forces community in a number of ways, though our focus is on providing direct support to individuals in need of physical or emotional care. Website: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/ Tel: 0800 731 4880

Useful websites for parents

PACE
Works alongside parents and carers of children who are being sexually exploited or are at risk of sexual exploitation by abusers external to the family. They offer individual specialist support, information, support through the investigation process and court, national meet ups with affected parents, a confidential online parent forum and a network of volunteer befrienders.
Tel: 01132 405 226
Website: www.paceuk.info
Email: info@paceuk.info

Children’s Society
Work to support children and young people to cope with the trauma of sexual exploitation. They spot the warning signs and help make exploitation stop. They help them through the intimidating, complex justice system so that they are listened to, and can try to get justice for the crimes against them.
Tel: 03003037000
Website: www.childrenssociety.org.uk
Email: supportercare@childrenssociety.org.uk

Barnados
Help children through the trauma of abuse and sexual exploitation, provide support for young people in care, support families through domestic abuse, mental health problems, prison sentences and asylum seekers and much more.
Tel: 02085508822
Website: www.barnardos.org.uk

NSPCC
Provide therapeutic services to help children move on from abuse, as well as supporting parents and families in caring for their children. They help professionals make the best decisions for children and young people and support communities to help prevent abuse from happening in the first place.
Tel: 0800 800 5000
Website: www.nspcc.org.uk
Email: help@nspcc.org.uk.

Police
non- emergency and 999 for an emergency

Support Agencies

Childline
Free confidential support for children who are worried about anything that is happening to them that doesn’t feel right.
Tel: 0800 1111
Website: childline.org.uk

Gallop
Galop provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse, or violence. They provide a welcoming, inclusive and safe space to talk, whatever your sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tel: 020 7704 2040
Website: galop.org.uk 
Email: referrals@galop.org.uk

Lucy Faithfull
An organisation working with professionals to prevent abuse happening and families where abuse has happened, including the perpetrators of the abuse. Website: lucyfaithfull.org.uk

National Ugly Mugs
An independent charity whose mission is ending violence against sex workers. You can report crimes to them, receive safety warnings, get advice and support and be signposted to local services.
Website: uglymugs.org

Women’s Aid
Information about support services for women experiencing domestic violence, including those impacted by sexual abuse in their relationships.
Tel: 0117 944 4411
24-hour domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247
Website: www.womensaid.org.uk

NHS Choices
Website: Sexual Violence services search

Rape Crisis England and Wales
Can provide you with contact details for your local rape crisis service.
Website: https://rapecrisis.org.uk

Safeline
Provide support to male survivors of sexual violence
Helpline: 0808 800 5005

Sexual Health Information Line
Can provide information about your nearest sexual health/GUM clinic if you want screening for sexually transmitted infection, post-exposure prophylaxis or sexual health information.
24-hour free sexual health information line: 0800 567 123

Survivors UK
A service for male survivors. They are an inclusive service and welcome anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that we are the right fit for them.
Tel: 02035983898
Email: help@survivorsuk.org

Survivors Trust
Provides information about support services in the UK working with women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.
Website: www.thesurvivorstrust.org

Get in touch via isva@idas.org.uk or ring our helpline on 03000 110 110.
“Hannah was really non-judgemental and gave me some really helpful advice re staying safe whilst I was sex working. I had been exchanging money for sexual favours with a person I’d met through the tinder dating app. Hannah and I discussed safety and protocols i could put into place like a friend knowing my diary and address with non-identifying words we could use in an emergency.”