Information and Links

General mental health


for everyone affected by schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and other mental illnesses –


for better mental health -

SANE has three objectives:

•    To raise awareness and respect for people with mental illness and their families and secure better services
•    To undertake research into the causes of serious mental illness through The Prince of Wales International Centre for SANE Research
•    To provide help and information to those experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers through SANEline and SANEmail

The Mental Health Foundation

Our mission is to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. We do this by:

•    learning what makes and keeps people mentally well
•    communicating our findings to a wide range of people
•    turning our research into practical solutions that make a difference to people’s lives

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland


provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Telephone 08457 90 90 90
or email


provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
Tel: 01708 765200

1999 National Service Framework for Mental Health

Is the result of a major consultation and a vision of how things should be.

National Service Framework PDF

New Horizons is the most recent strategy document.

Children and Adolescent’s mental health has also been subject to a review recently.
The three key changes proposed by the independent review of CAMHS were:

1. Everybody (from specialist mental health professionals to the wider children’s
workforce and parents and carers) needs to recognise the contribution they make to
supporting children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health;

2. Local areas have to understand the needs of all of their children and young people
and engage effectively with children, young people and their families in developing
approaches to meet those needs; and

3. The whole of the children’s workforce needs to be appropriately trained and, along with the wider community, well informed.

The governments response to the independent review can be found here

A  Department of Health directory  for mental health 2005.

List includes: Addiction, Black and Ethnic Minorities, Children and Young People, Carers, Depression,
Family Welfare, General, Older People, Phobias, Schizophrenia, Self-Help Groups, Sexuality, Traumas, Women (Some organisations are specific to certain parts of the country.)

A guide to delivering mental health promotion.

Alphabetical list by topic to links to:

A. NICE guidance
B. Charities and media information
C. Department of health or other government department guidelines


Rethink advocacy services

The Independent Mental Health Capacity Service (helping people who are unable to make some decisions for themselves).

Alcohol dependence

NICE Guidance - Alcohol use disorders-preventing harmful drinking

UK’s largest drug and alcohol treatment charity

Alcoholics Anonymous

Antenatal and postnatal mental health

Antenatal and postnatal health full NICE guidance

Peri-natal illness UK

The Association for Post Natal Illness

Net mums-supporting parents

Antisocial personality disorder

NICE Guidance

Personality Disorder Criteria from Psychnet

SANE factsheet on PD

Anger management

Bupa factsheet
Everyone feels angry at times, but it’s important to know how to express your feelings in a healthy way without lashing out, shouting or becoming violent. The key is to learn how to react calmly when something causes you to feel angry.

Mind: advice on dealing with anger

Supportline advice on anger management

How to control anger in a healthy way from NHS Choices.

Moodjuice Self Help Guide

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Self Help Guide

American Psychological society guide to controlling anger


NICE Guidance

Management of anxiety (panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia, and generalised anxiety disorder) in adults in primary, secondary and community care.

Depression Alliance Scotland

Anxiety UK works to relieve and  support those living with anxiety disorders

Help with panic attacks and phobias.

Telephone: 0808 808 0545

Patient UK comprehensive list of charities and self help groups for anxiety and phobias

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 

B.NHS choices information

Net doctor (Independent health information site but carries advertising)

A. Diagnosis and management of ADHD in children, young people and adults

Attention Deficit support service

An ADHD charity set up by a mother

Bi-polar disorder

The management of bipolar disorder in adults, children and adolescents, in primary and secondary care

Manic Depression Fellowship
The BiPolar Organisation is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives.

Cannabis and your mental health

Department of Health leaflet


 This website contains information for family members and friends of people who have psychosis.

Developing services for carers and families of people living with mental illness.

Children and Child Protection/Safeguarding Children

Confidential telephone counselling service for children about any issue. ChildLine also runs a dedicated helpline for children who are in foster care, in a children’s home, at boarding school or who are long-term hospital patients.

Main helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Helpline for children in care: 0800 88 44 44 (Mon-Fri 3.30-9.30pm, Sat and Sun 2-8pm)

Textphone helpline: 0800 400 222 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-9.30pm, Sat and Sun 9.30am-8pm)

NICE Guidance on when to suspect child maltreatment

For anyone who needs advice, help or information regarding a child’s welfare and for those who want to report concerns they have about a child or young person at risk of abuse.
If you’re ever worried about a child’s safety or welfare, the NSPCC Helpline is here for you on 0808 800 5000 or

Child Protection UK Ltd (C.P. UK Ltd)-Educating children on the effects of drugs and alcohol
Child Protection UK was started towards the end of 2004 with only a small team of staff. It was hard finding the right employees to do this job, we needed people who were not only motivated but also dedicated and believed in changing and educating society opinions on drug abuse.

Action for Children
Voluntary organisation whose services include specialist treatment centres for sexually abused children.


Telephone advice for parents with concerns about school bullying and child sexual abuse. Child protection advice leaflets available on website.


This is a voluntary organisation supporting non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused, providing support, advice, information and counselling following the discovery of sexual abuse. Provides useful help and resources. Please note that at the time of compiling this factsheet the answer phone did not give the organisation’s name, but leaving a message got a response.
c/o West Greenwich Community and Arts Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA
tel: 0800 980 1958

Stop it Now!

Believes that all adults have a responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse and to know the warning signs that abuse may be taking place.
Stop it Now! Confidential freephone helpline for people struggling with sexual thoughts and behaviours towards children
helpline: 0808 1000 900 (Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7pm)


Deals with all issues affecting the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people, and empowering their parents and carers. Produces useful publications, including the leaflets Sexually abused? And Do you know someone who has been sexually abused? which can be downloaded from the website.
0808 802 5544
Royal college of Psychiatrists guide on child abuse and neglect

 Free training package for anyone working with 0-18 year olds-includes understanding mental health and health promotion.
This is a government site that  offers a lot of advice for parents. toolkit for tackling mental health stigma in children and young people.

The law and principles of confidential information.


 Carers UK is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.
Carers Direct is the official website designed to help you get the help and support you need as a carer .


British Association for counselling and psychotherapy
The Counselling Directory
NHS Choices information on counselling
BBC  health information on counselling
Talking therapies explained by The Mental Health Foundation


Supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care
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Depression: management of depression in primary and secondary care – NICE guidance

Depression: the treatment and management of depression in adults

Depression in children and young people: identification and management in primary, community and secondary care

The treatment and management of depression in adults with chronic physical health problems

Depression Alliance-Overcoming the stigma of depression and understanding depression.
We work to relieve and to prevent this treatable condition by providing information and support services
Depression UK” (D-UK)*, is a national self help organisation that has operated within the United Kingdom ever since it was founded in 1973. It was first registered as a charity in 1979.
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust aims to raise awareness of the nature and dangers of depression, reduce stigma, provide training to primary care staff and encourage those who may be depressed to seek help.
An American site written by a service user from her perspective

Domestic violence

Berkshire Women’s Aid
Each year we are contacted by over seven thousand women fearing or experiencing abuse at home or in a relationship.
We work throughout Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire and are affiliated to WAFE (Women’s Aid Federation of England).

We can be contacted on our helpline (0118 950 4003) between 10am-5pm weekdays, and a worker can also be reached on this number outside these times in an emergency.

Women’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. We support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK. Women’s Aid Federation of England – national helpline no. 0808 2000 247).

For women and children.  Against domestic violence.

BBC information

UK-based Abuse Information and Support Site

These American sites have well written advice.

Government site: If you are thinking about leaving an abusive relationship and are worried about your safety or the safety of your children, you do not have to suffer alone. There are people who can help, and you can take steps to stay safe.
Tackling the Health and Mental Health Effects of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse

Guidance on the extension of victim’s rights.

Drug misuse

Opioid detoxification

Talk to Frank 0800 77 66 00

C.Drugs and alcohol-A Parent’s guide.(Dept. Of Health leaflet)

Drug misuse: psychosocial interventions

Eating disorders

Core interventions in the treatment and management of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders

Hearing voices.

Equality in Mental Health

Mental health and deafness: promoting equity and access.

Positive steps : Supporting race equality in mental healthcare

Medicines adherence: involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence

Obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder

OCD-UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

Personality disorder

Treatment and management

B. Our vision at Emergence is to make a life changing difference for everyone affected by personality disorder through support, advice and education.

 The aim of the national Personality disorder programme is to sustain successful initiatives, develop specialist expertise in the treatment of Personality Disorder and mainstream capabilities in Personality Disorder across our entire workforce in all agencies.–Q
Personality disorder: No longer a diagnosis of exclusion. Policy implementation guidance for the development of services for people with personality disorder.

Services for People with Personality Disorder: The Thoughts of Service Users

The management of PTSD in adults and children in primary and secondary care


Core interventions in the treatment and management of schizophrenia in primary and secondary care


 The short-term physical and psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary and secondary care

Substance Misuse

Community-based interventions to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people

Drug misuse :psychosocial interventions


•    Youth suicide prevention.
•    UK resources and support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress particularly teenagers and young adults
C. A resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death
National Suicide Prevention strategy for England.

Work issues

•    Promoting mental health, ending discrimination at work 2006.
Work, Recovery and Inclusion: Employment support for people in contact with secondary mental health services.

Women’s mental health: Strategic Development of Mental Health Care for Women

Working our way to better mental health: A Framework for Action.

Young people

B.UK resources and support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults
YoungMinds is the UK’s only national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people.

Children can get help and advice about a wide range of issues.
Telephone 0800 1111   Calls are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL

Youth2Youth – The UK’s first National Young Person’s helpline, run by young people, for young people.
Youth Access
-Through our 200 members nationwide, Youth Access is the largest provider of young people’s advice and counselling services in the UK. Youth Access is working with other leading charities in the children and young people’s sector to launch a new Coalition for Children and Young People’s mental health. One of the areas of work for the campaign will be the improvement of services for older young people and young adults up to age of 25 years. Many of those age 16-25 years continue to experience significant barriers in accessing age appropriate and timely services.
Prince’s Trust.
Working for wellbeing
Young people in the UK are increasingly stressed, depressed and unhappy.
In fact, one in five young people will experience a mental health problem and many more lack confidence, motivation and an effective support network.
While Prince’s Trust programmes are principally designed to get young people into jobs and training, they can also have a positive effect on overall wellbeing. Through boosting young people’s confidence and motivation, we enable them to take positive steps towards getting a job. This, in turn, can enhance their emotional health and wellbeing.

C.From the department for children, Schools and Families:Promoting the emotional health of children and young people:
Improving access to child and adolescent mental health services : Reducing waiting times policy and practice guide (including guidance on the 18 weeks referral to treatment standard)