Christmas can also be a lonely, scary time for a lot of people. Please pick up the phone and talk to someone – you are not alone.
Christmas can be a stressful time but if you are in need of support, please pick up the phone and talk to someone. You might think that the situation seems hopeless, but it can really help to share your worries with someone – they want to help. You are not alone.
0800 9177 650
Runs a helpline on weekdays between 9.30am–5.30pm, on 03444 775 774.
Text Service: 07537 416905
Beat – Beating eating disorders
Helplines are open 365 days a year: 12pm – 8pm during the week, and 4pm – 8pm on weekends and bank holidays. If you can’t get through immediately, do try again or try the web chat.
Help line 0808 801 0677
Youth Line 0808 801 0711
Youth Line 0808 801 0811
Beaumont Society – National self-help body for the Transgender community
The information line is available 24/7, 365 days of the year
Helpline open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, but can sometimes be very busy. If you leave a message they aim to get back to you within one working day, but usually it’s much sooner.
0333 323 3880
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
If you’re a man experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is there to support you. Their phone lines are open from 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. They also have a webchat service if you prefer not to talk on the phone.
Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58
London: 0808 802 58 58
Cruse (Bereavement Care)
Helpline open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when they’re open until 8pm.
0808 808 1677
Non-emergency NHS line
For non-emergency medical information call 111
In Wales, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47
If you are a student, you can visit the Nightline website to see if your university or college runs a nightline listening service.
No Panic – Anxiety Support
Helpline open 10am-10pm 365 days a year: 0844 967 4848
Youth Helpline for 13 to 20 year olds: 0330 606 1174
The Youth Helpline is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 3pm to 6pm | Thursday: 3pm to 8pm | Saturday: 6pm to 8pm
Papyrus – Prevention of young suicide
If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings and self-harm, the Papyrus HOPEline can offer practical advice. Open weekdays 10am–10pm, weekends 2pm–10pm and bank holidays 2pm–5pm.
Their national number is 0800 068 4141, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Refuge – Domestic Violence support
Free 24-hour national helpline
0808 2000 247
116 123 – this is a free-to-call number, open 24/7 365 days a year and calls to this number will not appear on your phone bill
You can also email email@example.com
SANEline offers emotional support and information from 4.30pm-10.30pm, 365 days a year.
0300 304 7000
Shelter – Homelessness support
0808 800 4444
LGBT+ Advice service
Advice line available Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm: 08000 50 20 20
The Silver Line
If you are over 55, the Silver Line is there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide information, support and friendship.
0800 4 70 80 90
Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline
Available from 10am–10pm, 365 days a year, to listen to any problems you’re having. All phone operators identify as LGBT+. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
0300 330 0630