REFERRALS FOR BROS
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY CONTACTS
Male-specific mental health services available.
There are several mental health support services available in London, particularly those that cater to men's mental health and suicide prevention. These specific services for blokes are indicated with an asterix (*). Please remember that if you are in a serious case of emergency with suicidal thoughts, please contact 999, or the Samaritans on 116 123.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
EMERGENCY: 999 (24 hours 7 days a week)
Hotline: Call 116 123
The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. They can be contacted by telephone, email, and by letter, or you can visit them in person.
Get Help: Text 85258
Shout is the UK's first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It is a place to go for those struggling to cope and in need of immediate help. Shout exists in the US as 'Crisis Text Line', but this is the first time the tried and tested technology has come to the UK.
Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58
London: 0808 802 58 58 (5pm–midnight, 365 days a year)
The campaign against living miserably (CALM) exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Their helpline offers confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK. Our helpline is for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. We're open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. For more info about the helpline service and call costs visit our helpline page. Please note: our texting service is no longer available. If you are in need of text based support, please use our webchat facility.
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
This tool is designed to help you understand and manage your situation when you feel like you need help. If you want to speak to someone right now, the quickest route is to access emergency services. For urgent medical attention, your options are Accident & Emergency (A&E) and Emergency GP appointments. For urgent medical advice you can call the NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct (Wales).
Papyrus – for people under 35
Tel: 0800 068 41 41 (Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm)
Text: 07786 209697
HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.
For children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
For anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Tel: +44 020 7922 7908
The Men's Health Forum's ambition is to ensure all men and boys - particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas and communities - will have the information, services and treatments they need to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives. To this end, we carry out research, raise awareness, work to change health policy, share and encourage the latest good practice, work with other charities and provide health information and advice to men through our website, our online chat services, Men's Health Week and our Man Manuals.
Tel: 01273 234839
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans, and queer people. We work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern. Last year we helped 1,342 people struggling with social isolation, suicidal distress, financial hardship, discrimination and prejudice, hate crime and exclusion.
Men's Minds Matter (MMM)* - Suicide Crisis Support
Men's Minds Matter is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of suicide through building psychological resilience and emotional strength. MMM’s Suicide Crisis Support offers 'free' psychological crisis support to men living in Southwark (South East London) who are in crisis, experiencing suicidal thoughts, do not consider themselves to be mentally unwell and unlikely to access mental health services. The service is for men who could potentially benefit from a private and confidential space to talk with someone but are maybe hesitant or unsure. We hope to provide a good therapy experience that supports people in finding an acceptable resolution to their difficulties. We do not charge for our service but do accept donations to help keep Men's Minds Matter up and running. Visit: http://www.mensmindsmatter.org/mmm-suicidal-crisis-support.html
Rethink provides accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. They can give people information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights. Rethink provide over 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England. They also campaign nationally for policy change, and locally for the support people need. The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care and welfare benefits, living with mental illness, medication and care.
Tel: 0203 600 3601
We are the first charity focusing solely on the stigma of mental & stress related illness, emotional life traumas & suicide. We’d like people to interact and give support while obtaining advice from professionals and people who have suffered & overcome similar or the family, friends & carers of those that have suffered. We are a charity whose aim and mission is to confront the stigma surrounding mental and stress related illnesses, daily emotional trauma and suicide via events.
Tel: 0203 489 1765
We provide help and support for people in crisis, homeless and other vulnerable people whoever and wherever they are in the community. We are a Christian community group based in Southwark in South East London. We work with people of all faiths to change lives in our local community. We help the homeless, ex-offenders, sex workers, vulnerable people and people in crisis within the community. When the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives. Helping people come off drugs, help resolve alcohol related issues, tackle and educate people about antisocial behaviour, rehabilitation of ex-offenders, sex workers. We also provide National Vocational Qualification training via our affiliates to help people be more self-sufficient and become a valued member of society.
Tel: 0207 186 8270 / 0800 970 2070 (Press option 1)
The National Centre for Domestic Violence provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. Our award-winning service allows anyone who has recently suffered or been threatened with domestic violence to apply for an emergency court injunction. This can sometimes be issued within 24 hours of making contact with us. We work in close partnership with the police, solicitors and other support agencies (Refuge, Women’s Aid etc) to help victims obtain speedy protection.
Tel: 020 3906 7676
The Listening Place offers face-to-face support for those who feel life is no longer worth living. The world can feel like a very lonely place if you are feeling that life is no longer worth living: not only is it difficult to share those feelings but it can be hard to get the care and support that will make a difference. The Listening Place offers a warm and welcoming environment; somewhere that individuals can talk openly about their feelings without being judged or being given advice. They provide on-going support from trained non-judgemental volunteers, which can continue over a number of weeks if this is appropriate. The Listening Place is not a ‘drop-in’ centre, but they are able to offer people appointments for face-to-face support. Their service is free, and the volunteers receive supervision from mental health professionals.
Tel: 020 7263 7070
Maytree’s house is open 365 days a year for people when they’re feeling suicidal. We provide a unique residential service for people in suicidal crisis so they can talk about their suicidal thoughts and behaviour. We offer a free 4 night, 5 day one-off stay to adults over the age of 18 from across the UK. Our aim is to provide a safe, confidential, non-medical environment for our guests. Somewhere our guests can explore their thoughts and feelings, and feel heard with compassion and without judgement.
The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a LifeBox where you can store photos and memories that are important to you.The app links you directly to local and national crisis resources, so you won't need to carry around slips of paper with contact details on, it's all stored there within the app.
Tel: 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day)
Provides listening services, information and support for gay, bisexual and transgender men.
Helpline: 0808 800 5005
Established in 1994, Safeline is a specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse* and to support those affected in their recovery. The National Male Survivors Helpline is a service from Safeline which provides immediate emotional support, information and advice to men and boys affected by sexual abuse or rape in England and Wales.
Tel: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Tel: 0333 323 3880
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
SANE provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. Our mental health support services are confidential. We offer non-judgemental and compassionate emotional support. Our team of mental health professionals and trained volunteers create a space where you feel safe to talk about things that are most affecting you. We also make time so we can think together about the options available to you.
Tel: 0300 636 1967
Crisis UK is the national charity for homeless people. We help people directly out of homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether.
Movember Foundation - UK*
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the global Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health." By encouraging men (whom the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to find ways to take care of our mental health, and to check in with one another in order to reduce the rate of suicide in men. Visit the link to UK’s Movember page to access vital information on these three key topics affecting men’s health today: https://uk.movember.com/mens-health/mental-health
OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)