Skip to main content

Our mission is to support & advocate for people with criminal records to be able to move on positively in their lives. Find out more

Help and support for your mental health

List of organisations which can be used to get help for mental health issues


People with convictions often feel unhappy, depressed, stressed or anxious. How we feel about ourselves affects the way we behave and how we cope with the worries of everyday life and the tougher times that we sometimes face.

The first step towards self-help is to admit you are struggling. This does not mean you are “mentally ill” and many issues can be managed without the help of a GP by using the variety of self-help resources now available.

We’ve put together a list of useful first point contacts which can be used to get help for a variety of mental health issues.


Mental Health - General

  • Anxiety UK run a helpline staffed by volunteers with personal experience of anxiety.

    Telephone Number:   03444 775774

  • Telephone Number:   01455 883 300

  • The Mental Health Foundation provides information and support to anyone with mental health problems or learning difficulties.


  • The MIND helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 6pm.

    Telephone Number:   0300 123 3393

  • Website:              

  • Rethink provide support and advice for anybody living with mental illness. Their helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 4pm.

    Telephone Number:   0300 500 0927

  • The Samaritans provide confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. They have a free 24-hour helpline.

    Telephone Number:   116 123

  • SANE provides emotional support, information and guidance for anybody affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

    Telephone Number:   0300 304 7000

  • Young Minds provides information on child and adolescent mental health.

    Telephone Number:   0808 802 5544

General Addiction Support

  • Addaction is a UK wide treatment agency that helps individuals and families manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.


  • Adfam is a national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. They have a database of local support groups.


  • Rehab 4 Addiction run a free helpline dedicated to assisting those suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health problems.

    Telephone Number:   0800 140 4690

Alcohol Misuse

  • Alcoholics Anonymous have a 24-hour helpline.

    Telephone Number:   0845 769 7555

  • Al-Anon offers support to the families and friends of problem drinkers.

    Telephone Number:   0207 403 0888

  • Drinkline is the national free and confidential alcohol helpline.

    Telephone Number:   0300 123 1110

  • The Association offer information and advice for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned about their welfare.

    Telephone Number:   0800 358 3456

Drugs and Substance Abuse

  • FRANK runs a drugs helpline.

    Telephone Number:   0300 123 6600

  • Narcotics Anonymous run a helpline which runs daily until midnight.

    Telephone Number:   0300 999 1212


  • Gam-Anon runs support groups for friends and family.


  • Gamblers Anonymous runs local support groups.


  • GamCare run the National Gambling Helpline offering free information, support and counselling for problem gamblers in the UK.

    Telephone Number:   0808 8020 133

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • ASSIST is a specialist organisation offering therapeutic help to adults and children affected by a wide range of traumatic occurrences.

    Telephone Number:   01788 560800

  • Combat Stress is a leading veterans’ mental health charity.

    Telephone Number:   0800 138 1619

  • PTSD Resolution provides mental health help and support for UK armed forces veterans, reservists and their families.

    Telephone Number:   0300 302 0551


  • Harmless support anybody impacted by self-harm.


Suicide or Suicidal Feelings

  • CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) works with men aged between 15 and 35. Their helpline operates from 5pm until midnight 365 days of the year.

    Telephone Number:   0800 58 58 58


  • Childline operate a helpline for young people under the age of 19.

    Telephone Number:   0800 1111

  • Papyrus operate a suicide prevention line for young people, HOPELINE247, which is a free, confidential space to talk openly with trained advisors.

    Telephone Number:   0800 068 4141

  • The Samaritans provide confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. They have a free 24-hour helpline.

    Telephone Number:   116 123

  • The Silver Line run a free, confidential telephone service for older people.

    Telephone Number:   0800 470 80 90


Add Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Photo of Helpline lead, Debbie Sadler
Debbie Sadler
Helpline lead

Do you need help & support with an issue you’re facing?

We provide support and advice for people who need guidance with either their own, or someone else’s, criminal record.

Please use the search box to start typing your issue. If you cannot find an answer to your problem then you’ll be given options to contact us directly.

Find out more about the helpline

We want to make sure that our website is as helpful as possible.

Letting us know if you easily found what you were looking for or not enables us to continue to improve our service for you and others.

Was it easy to find what you were looking for?

Thank you for your feedback.

12 million people have criminal records in the UK. We need your help to help them.

Help support us now