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Mental Health

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We no longer hold a description of Mental Health. You may find it more helpful to search for a particular or specific condition in our online medical information instead.

Other UK sites with trusted health information:

NHS Choices

Patient UK

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Is there support?


Helpline: 0300 123 3393

The Organisation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 219830. It provides information and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The Organisation campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. It offers a Legal Advice Service, and has a network of local services across England and Wales.

Group details last updated February 2016.


Helpline: 0300 5000 927
Email: via website

Rethink is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 271028. It provides information and support to anyone affected by mental health problems. Rethink offers mental health services and carer support groups across England. 

Group details last updated March 2016.

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Tel: 0141 530 1000

The Association is a Registered Charity in Scotland No. SC008897. It provides community based services for people with mental health problems in Scotland. 

Group details last updated December 2014.

The Mental Health Foundation

Tel: 020 7803 1100

The Foundation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 801130 and in Scotland No. SC039714, established in 1949. It provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems. The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is also part of this organisation.

Group details last updated October 2015.

Young Minds

Helpline: 0808 802 5544

The Organisation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 1016968. It is committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. The Organisation provides information to professionals, parents and young people through a Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

Group details last updated September 2014.

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