depression, fine, help, self help“I shouted I need help. I whispered I need help. I thought I need help.” Sometimes we are able to say it out loud; but not often. Sometimes we are able to say to ourselves; but not often. Most of the time the external and internal noises in our lives drown out the sound of our need, desire and yearning for a helping hand or a person simply to listen to our troubles quietly.

Christmas time is a time of giving, family, friends and sharing love. However, for many, it is only a painful reminder of solitude and loneliness. If you can do one thing this Christmas, ask someone “Are you ok?”. But do not accept ‘I am fine’ as an answer. Really show you care, really find out what fine means. Sometimes ‘i am fine’ is simply one straw away from breaking their spirit and one bad day, event or moment from them completely being overwhelmed by their troubles. I challenge you to lift them up with your strength; even if you do not know you have helped them. Sharing this list of numbers should give someone the option to find help for themselves.

Here is a list of numbers people can call to help them through the tough times. The first list is for US. The second list is for the UK. If you are from another country click here

US numbers for help

Website / Organisation

TelephoneOther info



Toll free
24 hours, 7 days a week


Toll free
24 hours, 7 days a week
TTY (text telephone for the deaf)1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Monday – Saturday

(TTY) 1-800-448-1833
Domestic Violence / Child Abuse / Sexual Abuse800-799-SAFE (7233)
TDD 800-787-3224
Crisis intervention & shelter
800-942-6908Spanish speaking
Elder Abuse800-252-8966
Alzheimers Hotline800-621-03798.30am – 4pm Mon-Fri
Aids Hotline800-342-AIDS (2437)8am – 2am (EST)
AIDS Hotline (hearing impaired)800-242-7889 (TTD)
Parent Hotline1-800-6537
RAINN:  Rape Crisis800-656-4673
Missing / Exploited Children800-843-56787am – 11pm EST
Youth Advocacy Hotline (USA Kids)1-800-USA-KIDS
Runaway switchboard800-621-4000Crisis intervention & travel assistance to runaways
Parent Abduction Hotline800-292-9688
Drug & Alcohol Rehab1-800-521-7128
Alcohol & Drug Addiction Resource Centre1-800-390-4096
National Cocaine Hotline800-COCAINE


Alcohol abuse & crisis intervention800-234-0246

Uk Numbers for Help

Website / Organisation

TelephoneOther info
 The Samaritans116 123jo@

Support Line020 8554 9004
Careline0845 122 8622Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, 7-10pm
Mind0845 766 0163Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Rethink0845 456 0455

or 0207 840 3188


Saneline0845 767 80006 – 11pm daily.   

Offers multilingual support

NHS Direct0845 464724 hour
Self Injury Support

Bristol Crisis Centre for women

0808 800 8088Tues & Weds 7-10pm

Thurs 3-6pm

Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre0808 802 9999Daily 12 – 2.30pm

7 – 9.30pm

Survivors UK

for male abuse victims

0845 122 1201Mon, Tue, 

Thur 7 – 9.30pm

National Self Harm Network0800 622 60007 – 11pm
Anxiety Alliance0845 296 7877

10am – 10pm



No Panic0808 808 0545
Anxiety UK08444 775 774

Mon-Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm



Depression Alliance0845 123 23 20

Eating Disorder Association

08456 341 414 


12 noon-5 or 8.30




National Christian Helpline

0300 111 01019am – midnight
OCD Action0845 390 62 32

10-4 Mon-Fri



Young Minds

for parents

0808 802 5544

Mon-Fri 9.30am -4pm



Hearing Voices0845 122 86 42Tues 1 – 4pm
Premier Lifeline(Christian)0300 111 0101Daily 9am – 12mn
Chinese Mental Health Association0845 1228 660Mon-Fri 4-6pm
BPD World


08700 053 273Support for Borderline Personality Disorder
Bipolar UK0333 323 3880 or

020 7931 6480
Domestic Violence0808 2000 24724 hour
Survivors of bereavement by suicide0844 561 68559am – 9pm daily
Cruse Bereavement Care0844 477 94009 – 5pm
Alcoholics Anonymous0845 769 7555
Frank (drugs)0800 77 66 0024 hours


Narcotics Anonymous0300 999 1212
Alzheimers Society0845 300 0336Dementia helpline 

8.30 – 6.30 Mon-Fri

Post-Natal Illness020 7386 0868


office hours
Parentline0808 800 2222


Muslim Youth Helpline0808 808 2008

Mon – Fri 6pm – 12mn

Sat – Sun 12noon – 12mn


Muslim Community Helpline0208 904 8193

0208 908 6715

Mon – Fri 10am – 1pm
Jewish Helpline0800 652 9249Sun-Thurs 12-12mn

Friday 12-3pm (winter) & 12-6pm (summer)

Rethink – Asian mental health helpline0808 800 2073Mon & Wed 4 – 7pm

Tues & Thur 12 – 3pm

National Debtline0808 808 4000Mon – Fri 9am-9pm

Sat 9.30am-1pm


Hopefully, this list will help someone

3Cs of Life; choice, chance and change- you must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to ever change. ‘ 
Antoine Allen
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