ADHD Aware offers monthly peer-to-peer support in groups, for adults impacted by ADHD.
Unfortunately, our volunteers/workers cannot provide help that is: by phone, one-to-one, urgent, medical, or handling risk of suicide – but other organisations (below) do provide this.
Many helplines have operators trained in neurodiversity. We also offer a list of other organisations/services whose focus is ADHD, Autism or Disability.
If you (or a friend or family member) might be having a mental health crisis, feeling unable to cope, or might benefit from speaking with someone privately and/or immediately, please consider the below options:
There might be a queue before you get through – but you are worth the wait.
|Helpline||Who it’s for||When they’re contactable||How to contact them||Website for the most up-to-date information|
|Samaritans (“here to listen”)||anyone having a difficult time (or worried about someone else)||24/7||Call: 116 123||samaritans.org|
|SHOUT (crisis text service)||anyone struggling to cope, who’d prefer to chat by text||24/7||Text ‘SHOUT’ to: 85258||giveusashout.org|
|Mind (mental health charity)||anyone experiencing a mental health problem||9am-6pm|
Mon-Fri (except Bank Holidays)
|Call: 0300 123 3393 for info line|
Call: 0300 466 6463 for legal line
Mind local services
|SANEline (out-of-hours mental health helpline)||anyone affected by mental illness (including family, friends and carers)||4pm-10pm|
|Call: 0300 304 7000||sane.org.uk|
|CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably “taking a stand against suicide”)||men aged over 15||5pm-midnight|
|Call: 0800 58 58 58|
Webchat: see website
|ChildLine (help and advice)||children and young people aged under 19||24/7||Call: 0800 1111|
Webchat: see website
Sign language: see website
|HOPELINE247 by Papyrus (prevention of young suicide)||children and young people aged under 35 (or anyone concerned about one)||24/7||Call: 0800 068 4141|
Text: 078600 399 67
|Nightline (student-run listening and information services)||university students||at night|
(exact times may vary by university)
|Call, Webchat, Text or Drop In: see website to search by university||nightline.ac.uk|
|Cruse (bereavement support)||anyone grieving||9.30am-5pm Mondays|
|Call: 0808 808 1677||cruse.org.uk|
|C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line – for the people of Wales)||anyone in Wales concerned about their mental health (or a friend or relative’s)||24/7||Call: 0800 132 737|
Text ‘help’ to: 81066
If you are concerned that someone might use your computer(s) to access potentially harmful online content related to suicide or self-harm, you could install the Ripple (R;pple) browser extension: ripplesuicideprevention.com Ripple don’t see, save or share your search history; but when particular keywords are searched for, this tool will display a visual prompt – signposting the person to free, 24/7 mental health support.
NHS mental health helplines (all open 24/7)
If your life or another person’s life is in imminent danger, please call 999.
|Helpline||Who it’s for||Where it covers||How to contact them||Website for the most up-to-date information|
|Brighton & Hove Mental Health Rapid Response Service||adults aged over 18 at immediate risk or requiring a Mental Health Act Assessment (or referring someone else)||Brighton & Hove||Call: 0300 304 0078||brighton-hove.gov.uk|
|NHS Mental Health Crisis Line||anyone (any age) needing urgent help (or concerned about someone in crisis)||UK||Call: 111 then select the option for mental health||nhs.uk|
|Sussex Mental Health Crisis Line||anyone (any age) needing urgent help (or concerned about someone in crisis)||Sussex||Call: 0300 500 0101|
Text ‘SUSSEX’ to: 85258
|SLaM Mental Health Crisis Line||anyone (any age) needing urgent help (or concerned about someone in crisis)||Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark & Maudsley||Call: 0800 731 2864||slam.nhs.uk/crisis|
Online tools for finding specialist or local support
|Tools for finding local and specialist support||Who it’s for||How to access it|
|Hub of Hope database of mental health services||anyone wanting to find local support services||hubofhope.co.uk|
|List of specialist organisations created by Samaritans||anyone seeking advice/support for specific issues (such as bereavement, domestic abuse or addiction)||samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/other-sources-help/|
|Guides to specific topics and related services created by Mind||anyone seeking info/support for specific issues (such as abuse or addiction)||mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/|
We are rooting for you, and hope to see you at one of our monthly peer support group sessions soon!
If you notice something out-of-date on this page, please let us know
by emailing email@example.com – Thank you.