Do you ever say this?
If you want to talk to someone about a particular problem, charities offering a free service are worth looking at.
There are excellent charities throughout the UK and are highly aware of providing help for the community they serve.
Who works for a charity?
I believe that therapists in training and registered under an accredited body as a trainee can be just as helpful.
What they lack in experience they make up for in enthusiasm, and that can make all the difference.
Charities provide an extremely important service in the area of supporting minority groups.
- Free or discounted counselling and therapy sessions.
- Most charities offer specialist services. This allows them to have an expertise on the subject.
- There may be a waiting list.
- Most provide a free service, but you might be required to make a small contribution to counseling fees if you are able, or be invited to make a donation.
Heads Together Charity: The Mental Health Game Changers!
Since its launch in May 2016, the campaign ‘Heads Together’ has had a huge influence in getting the country talking about mental health.
As patrons of Heads Together, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate along with Prince Harry have dedicated themselves to reducing the stigma around mental health.
The Royal Family have openly discussed how seeking professional services can make a world of difference when it comes to mental health challenges.
They provide help and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
There are over 100 local Mind Centres around the UK that deliver excellent services to anyone who needs them. These include online support, crisis helplines and counselling in most areas.
Specialist Support Charities (All UK based)
Specialist Support for Ethnic Diversity
LGBT Groups (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)
Male Suicide Prevention Counselling
Mental Health & Debt Counselling
War Veterans Therapy
Young Peoples Therapy
Specialist Support for Addiction
Action on Addiction
Action on Addiction provides community recovery, residential treatment, family support and professional education.
Addaction provides friendly and expert advice to adults and young people aged 10-17 who are experiencing problems related to their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use. They offer telephone support, counselling, group work and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Specialist Support for Bereavement
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE
Cruse Bereavement Care is the UK leading national charity for bereaved people. They offer support, advice and information when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Cruse provides national and local services.
Face-to-face, Email and Website support: www.cruse.org.uk
Cruse for children and young people: www.hopeagain.org.uk
Cruse Freephone Helpline: 0808 808 1677
CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year they train over 4000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.
Freephone Helpline: 0800 02 888 40
SURVIVORS OF BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDE
This charity exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Telephone: 0300 111 5065 (9am to 9pm daily)
Specialist Support for EThnic Diversity
Black Health Initiative
The Chinese Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Jami (Mental Health Service for the Jewish Community)
Specialist Support for Families
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Pregnancy Crisis Care
Restored Lives offer help and support for people thinking about divorce, which can be an incredibly difficult and overwhelming experience.
Specialist Support for LGBT Groups (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender)
LGBT Health & Wellbeing
LGBT Health & Wellbeing offer a variety of services in Scotland designed to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, including counselling, workshops, groups and individual mental health support sessions. You can call the helpline on 0300 123 2523.
Specialist Support for Male Suicide Prevention
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
To learn more about male suicide prevention, please read about The Lion Barbers Collective.
Specialist Support for Mental Health & Debt
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
Citizens Advice provides a free, confidential debt advice service. Their staff get specialist training on helping clients with mental health problems. If you disclose mental health problems early, it will help advisors to help you.
Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
As well as a full debt help service, StepChange provides extra support to those with mental health issues. They help with completing forms or with benefits checks. It’s important to let their counsellors know about your condition, so you can get additional support.
Tel: 0800 138 1111
Specialist Support for War Veterans
Specialist Support for Young People
Samaritans: 116 123
Mental Health Matters: 0800 107 0160
Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 755 / AA: 0800 9177 650
Domestic Abuse: 0808 1689 111
Cruse [Bereavement crises]: 0808 808 1677
For any person under the age of 18 years old, below is a crisis help-line that hopefully will help.
Childline: 0800 1111
Email counselling is not advised for people who can struggle with reading and writing comprehension, due to literacy levels or learning difficulties.
WHERETOTALK WAS FOUNDED BY DR ZARA KAY BENAMOR. CHARTERED PSYCHOLOGIST. CPSYCHOL.
Member for 15 yrs of The British Psychological Society Reg. No. 139529
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'Securing Public Trust'