Are You Struggling? Help, Support & Connection

There is a parents’ helpline (which you can access by phone, webchat or email) on YOUNG MINDS, if you are a parent in need of help.

If you need help or support, you can call THE SAMARITANS free any time of the day or night on 116 123.

There is a free and confidential helpline and webchat on CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), which is mainly focused on mental health and preventing male suicide.

MIND is an excellent mental health charity, with lots of resources and information about getting support.

TALK TO YOUR GP. There are therapies and medications available on the NHS. As well as one- to-one counselling services (which are in high demand), there are some online mental health programmes that you might find helpful. Talk to your GP and ask for help.

The two leading meditation apps HEADSPACE and CALM can help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels – the more you practice your meditation, the easier it gets.

If you’re feeling isolated, lonely and disconnected, listening to people talking on the radio can be a great comfort. The BBC SOUNDS app is a treasure trove of talk shows in a range of genres including life stories, drama, documentaries, wellbeing, gardening and history. You can search by musical genre too. The unscripted storytelling performances on THE MOTH are entertaining and inspiring.  Spotify has loads of PODCASTS and there are a bunch of free podcast apps available too. TED TALKS on YouTube are superb.