Helplines

Message from Trisha:

"It takes inner strength for us to realise we need assistance and to take the first step towards getting it. I know what I’m talking about, because I’ve had to ask for help several times in my life. It’s not easy and sometimes you can feel backed into a corner – but that’s often the first important move on the road to recovery.

"You’ve taken the first step towards finding your own solutions by coming to this site to look for help. Before you go any further, there is one thing I’d like to add… It’s simply – hang on in there.

"Nothing works unless you stick at it. Like riding a bike or learning to swim, getting help is a skill to be learned, and the only way to learn is to keep practising.

"Good luck,


All the organisations listed welcome enquirers from anyone who has a problem they may be able to help with. If they are not the right people, they will be only too willing to guide you to another organisation that might be more suitable. Don’t be afraid to ring them, or contact them through their websites – they want to help you.

There are also a number of self-help books available covering a wide range of issues. Please check at your local library.

 


Feeling Low?



British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

The BACP can help you find suitable counsellors in your local area. Online they offer a “find a therapist” search.

01455 88 33 16 (standard rate)

Monday-Friday 8.45am to 5pm

www.BACP.co.uk

 

Mind

Britain’s leading mental health charity. A confidential call of MindinfoLine can provide information of your nearest mind association.

MindinfoLine 0845 766 0163 (Call costs below)

Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm

www.mind.org.uk

 

LearnDirect

Trisha often suggests people with low self esteem to learn a new skill or brush up on what you might have missed out on at school.

For courses information 0800 101 901 (free phone)

For careers advice 0800 100 900 (free phone)

www.learndirect.co.uk

 


Making A Relationship Work


 

Relate

Relate is the UK’s largest provider of relationship counselling and sex therapy as well as a range of other support services.

0300 100 1234 (standard rate)

Monday-Thursday 8am to 10pm

Friday 8am to 6pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

www.relate.org.uk

 

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

The BACP can help you find suitable counsellors in your local area.

01455 88 33 16 (standard rate)

Monday-Friday 8.45am to 5pm

www.BACP.co.uk

 


Good Relationships Gone Bad


 

Relate

Traditionally seens as an organisation dealing with the problems of adult couples, Relate also offers family counselling.

0300 100 1234 (standard rate)

Monday-Thursday 8am to 10pm

Friday 8am to 6pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

www.relate.org.uk

 

Citizens Advice Bureaux

CAB can help with information on all types of subjects following a relationship breakdown, including benefits and housing.

Look in your local phone book or search online for a local advice centre.

www.adviceguide.org.uk

 


Single Parenting & Step Parenting


 

Gingerbread

This self-help organisation offers expertise in areas including benefits, childcare, CSA, divorce, housing, maternity rights and lone parenthood.

0800 018 5026 (free phone)

Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm

www.gingerbread.org.uk

 

Home-Start

If you’re feeling isolated, finding it hard to cope or struggling with the demands of young children, volunteers with parenting experience can visit you to help.

Find your nearest Home-Start scheme 0800 068 6368 (free phone)

Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm

Saturday 9am to 12noon.

www.home-start.org.uk
 

Parentline Plus

A national charity offering help and support to anyone who is looking after a child on any issue of concern to them. The confidential free helpline is manned 24 hours a day.

0808 800 2222 (free phone)

Monday-Sunday 24 hours

www.parentlineplus.org.uk

 


Down …or Depressed?


 

Mind

Britain’s leading mental health charity. A confidential call of MindinfoLine can provide information of your nearest mind association.

MindinfoLine 0845 766 0163 (Call costs below)

Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm

www.mind.org.uk

 

Samaritans

The Samaritans offer 24 hour, seven-days-a-week listening ear for those in despair or distress.

08457 90 90 90 (Call costs below)

Monday-Sunday 24 hours

www.samaritans.org

 

Sane

Sane offers support or information for anybody affected by a mental health problem, including carers, families and friends.

08457 67 8000 (Call costs below)

Monday to Sunday 6pm to 11pm

www.sane.org.uk

 


Getting in Touch With Lost Relatives


 

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service is probably the best known organisation to help find a missing relative.

One of the oldest tracing services in the world it claims an 85% success rate.

There is a charge per search – more information by phone or online

0845 634 4747 (Call costs below)

Monday to Friday 8.15am to 3.45pm

www.salvationarmy.org.uk/familytracing

 

NORCAP

This organisation can give advice and information on searching for relatives separated by adopotion.

It offers skilled intermediaries to facilitate reunions and provide support.

01865 875 000 (standard rate)

Monday-Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Friday 9.30am to 4pm

www.norcap.org.uk

 


Coping With Loss


 

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse is the UK’s leading organisation providing free specialist support to anyone bereaved by death.

Adults

0844 477 9400 (Call costs below)

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm

www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

 

Young People

0808 808 1677 (free phone)

Monday-Friday 9.30am to 5pm

www.RD4U.org.uk

 


Drowning in Debt


 

National Debtline

This is the helpline for people with debt problems in England, Wales and Scotland. Expert advice over the phone and email.

0808 808 4000 (free phone)

Monday-Friday 9am to 9pm

Saturday 9.30am to 1pm

www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

 

Citizens Advice Bureaux

CAB has been helpinig people with debt counselling for years. It’s advisers have a wealth of experience. All services are completely free.

Look in your local phone book or search online for a local advice centre.

www.adviceguide.org.uk

 


Addicted


 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Probably one of the best known help services available for any man or woman who has a problem with alcohol

0845 769 7555 (Call costs below)

Monday-Sunday 24 hours

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

 

Al Anon Family Groups

Al Anon exists to help the families and friends of alcoholics.

0207 403 0888 (standard rate)

Monday-Friday 10am to 10pm

www.al-anonuk.org.uk

 

Families Anonymous

Families Anonymous is a fellowship of relatives and friends of people abusing drugs.

0845 1200 660 (Call costs below)

Monday-Friday 1pm to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm

Weekends 2pm to 10pm

www.famanon.org.uk
 

Frank

Helpline for anyone concerned abou drug or solvent abuse

0800 77 66 00 (free phone)

Monday-Sunday 24 hours

www.talktofrank.com

 


Surviving Childhood Abuse


 

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood

NAPAC is there to help adults suffering from distress caused by ill treatment of any kind and/or neglect in childhood.

0800 085 3330 (free phone)

Opening hours vary day to day, details are published on the website.

www.napac.org.uk

 

Victim Support

Victim Support can offer help for people suffering emotional crisis and help you report that abuser to the police.

0845 30 30 900 (Call costs below)

Monday-Friday 9am to 9pm

Weekends 9am to 7pm

www.victimsupport.org.uk

 

Childline

For children who have been or are being abused now.

0800 11 11 (free phone)

Monday-Sunday 24 hours

www.childline.org.uk

 


Anger At Home


 

National Domestic Violence Helpline

A 24 hour helpline offering access to emergency refuge as well as an information service for women.

0808 2000 247 (free phone)

Monday-Sunday 24 hours

www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

 

The Men's Advice Line

A confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner, whether in heterosexual or gay relationships.

0808 801 0327 (free phone)

Monday-Friday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

www.mensadviceline.org.uk

 

Everyman Project

Offers a range of support services for men who want to stop behaving violently or abusive.

0207 263 8884 (standard rate)

Monday 10am to 2pm

Tuesday-Thursday 9am to 5pm

www.everymanproject.co.uk

 


Trouble With Food


 

Beat

Formerly the Eating Disorders Association, Beat offers support for people facing trouble with food.

Helpline: 0845 634 1414 (Call costs below)

Monday-Friday 10.30am to 8:30pm
Saturdays 1pm to 4.30pm

Youthline: 0845 634 7650 (Call costs below)

Monday-Friday 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Saturdays 1pm to 4.30pm

www.b-eat.co.uk

 


Other Organisations


 

Grandparents Association

Advice and support for all grandparents, including those denied contact with their grandchildren.

0845 434 9585 (Call costs below)

Monday-Friday 10am to 3pm (depending on volunteers’ availability)

grandparents-association.co.uk

 

Beaumont Society

National support for transvestites, transsexuals their partners and families.

01582 412 220 (standard rates)

Monday-Sunday 24 hours

www.beaumontsociety.org.uk

 

NHS Direct

Advice on all health problems.

0845 46 47 (Call costs below)

Monday-Sunday 24 hours

www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

 

Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

Support for gay men and lesbians, or anyone who needs to consider gay or lesbian issues.

0207 837 7324 (standard rates)

Monday-Sunday 10am to11pm (depending on volunteers’ availability)

www.llgs.org.uk

 

Gamcare

Advice, information and counselling for people affected by gambling dependency.

0845 6000 133 (Call costs below)

Monday-Sunday 8am to 12 midnight.

www.gamcare.org.uk

 


 

All details of organisations listed were correct at the time of going to press. Please email us (info@trishatv.com) if you find otherwise.

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