Finding help with mental health issues



For IMMEDIATE HELP contact The Samaritans
Call 116 123



or call 111 for urgent mental health issues.



If you are struggling with mental health issues or simply want to explore ways to increase your sense of wellbeing, here are some other resources you might find useful...


For professional help...


  • Help Hub 
    Online therapy service offers free 20-minute calls or video calls with a qualified therapist for anyone in the UK. Whatever your worries or concerns, Help Hub is designed to point you in the right direction and to provide you with some all-important emotional support. 

  • NHS Mental Health Services
    Find out how to access NHS mental health services and where to get urgent help.

  • Talking Therapies  
    Free counselling with NHS professionals. You can refer yourself - no need to go via your GP. There is a waiting list though.

  • Mental Health Services in Reading
    A directory of local sources of help.

  • Relate (relationship counselling)
    Not just for couples, also for individuals or family groups. 

  • Private relationship counsellor
    Lorraine O'Connor is a very experienced counsellor specialising in relationship issues. She offers one to one counselling or you can take part in her relationship enrichment course.

  • Life Coach
    Amandine Painton is a fully qualified life coach. She will be able to help you uncover your strengths and promote change to support a happier and more purposeful life.



For general self-help...

  • Palouse Mindfulness Course 
    Free online, high quality mindfulness course.
  • The NHS Every Mind Matters Hub

    This free site powered by the NHS and Public Health England provides access to loads of free mental health resources and advice.

    Includes Your Mind Plan service that suggests tailored advice and resources based on a short quiz about how you’re feeling and any specific worries you may have at the moment.

  • Headroom
    The BBC’s mental health hub.
    An online “toolkit for the mind” which aims to provide a range of free resources to help you look after your wellbeing on a day-to-day basis.

  • Mind
    Infoline: 0300 123 3393
    Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS


For specific mental health issues...



For problem drinking...

  • Tired of Thinking About Drinking
    Free and paid for resources for help with the problem of over-drinking. 
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    Down to earth, non-judgemental help. 
  • This Naked Mind - Alcohol Experiment
    Free online 30 day 'experiment' to help you explore your relationship with alcohol. Excellent resource. 
    If you're worried about your drinking this is the place to start.