The Ultimate List of Mental Health Statistics for 2019

Autistic Spectrum Disorder Statistics (ASD Statistics)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD for short) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger Syndrome, that affect a person’s social interaction and communication.

  • There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that’s more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. (
  • 34% of children on the autism spectrum say that the worst thing about being at school is being picked on. (
  • 63% of children on the autism spectrum are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them. (
  • 17% of autistic children have been suspended from school; 48% of these had been suspended three or more times; 4% had been expelled from one or more schools. (
  • Seventy per cent of autistic adults say that they are not getting the help they need from social services. Seventy per cent of autistic adults also told us that with more support they would feel less isolated. (
  • At least one in three autistic adults are experiencing severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support. (
  • Only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment, and only 32% are in some kind of paid work. (
  • Only 10% of autistic adults receive employment support but 53% say they want it. (
  • About 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. (
  • In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 1 in 37 boys & 1 in 151 girls. (
  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2 to 18 percent chance of having a second child who is also affected. (
  • 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70) with significant challenges in daily function, 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85).. (
  • Nearly 28 percent of 8-year-olds with ASD have self-injurious behaviours. Head banging, arm biting and skin scratching are among the most common. (
  • Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 11 to 40 percent of children and teens on the autism spectrum. (

Hypomania & Mania Statistics

Hypomania & Mania are both periods of over-active and excited behaviour that have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. Hypomania is a milder version of mania that lasts for short periods of a few days, while Mania is a more severe form that can last longer periods of a week or more.

  • More than 90% of individuals who have a single manic episode go on to have future episodes. (
  • About 60-70% of manic or hypomanic episodes occur before or after a major depressive episode. (

Dyslexia & Dyspraxia Statistics

Dyslexia & Dyspraxia are both learning difficulties that can cause adults and children to struggle at school. While both are forms of learning difficulties, the main difference between the two is that Dyslexia is to do with literacy skills like reading and writing, while Dyspraxia tends to veer more towards movement and planning difficulties.

  • 70-80% of people with poor reading skills are likely dyslexic. (
  • 20-25% of all adults can only read at the lowest level. (
  • 80% of children with an IEP have reading difficulty and 85% of those are Dyslexic. (
  • Ten percent (10%) of the population are dyslexic; 4% severely so. (
  • Of those placed in special education for a learning disability, around 80% have dyslexia. (
  • It is thought dyspraxia affects up to 10% of the population. (
  • 5% of children in the UK have Dyspraxia (
  • Children of mothers with Dyspraxia have a 37% chance of it being passed down, while children with a father who has Dyspraxia have a 60% chance of it being passed down. This means that mathematically there is an 82% chance of it being passed down if both parents have dyspraxia. (
  • One in five students, or 15-20% of the population, have a language based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common of the language based learning disabilities. (
  • 62% of non readers dropped out of high school. (
  • 30% of children with Dyslexia also have at least a mild form of AD/HD. (
  • About 2% of children have severe symptoms of dyspraxia, while 4% have moderate symptoms and 10% have at least some mild characteristics. (
  • Research by Kaplan et al suggests that 52% of children with dyslexia also have features of dyspraxia. (
  • Professionals think that there is at least 1 Dyspraxia child in every classroom- whether they are diagnosed or not is another matter altogether. (
  • Dyspraxia is 4x more likely to occur in males than females, however recent studies show it’s closer to 2 times. (

Anxiety Statistics

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe in nature. Some people find it hard to control these feelings of worry, and this causes their feelings of anxiety to be more constant and can often affect their daily lives.

  • Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults aged 18+ within the United States (18.1% of the US population). (
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. (
  • Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. (
  • In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK. (
  • Over the last 10 years, 54 percent of woman and 46 percent of men experience anxiety disorder. (
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders. (
  • An estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. (
  • In England, women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders as men. (
  • Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one third of the $148 billion total mental health bill for the U.S. (

Bipolar Statistics

Bipolar disorder (Once known as manic depression) is a mood disorder characterised by mood swings from one extreme to the other (euphoric to depressed).

  • Bipolar disorder affects about 5.7 million American adults (2.6% of the U.S. population) aged 18+. (
  • Bipolar is the fourth most-common mental health problem worldwide after depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. (
  • In 2014, younger people were more likely to have bipolar than older people – 3.4% of 16-24 year olds screened positive but only 0.4% of 65-74 year olds screened positive. (
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 consumers with bipolar disorder are satisfied with their current medication(s), although side effects remain a problem. (DBSA)
  • As many as one in five patients with bipolar disorder commit suicide. (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Rates of bipolar were found to be higher in young people aged 16-24. (
  • In 2013, there were almost 4 million cases of mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, in the UK. (
  • Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world. (World Health Organization)
  • Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world. (World Health Organization)
  • Bipolar disorder results in a 9.2 year reduction in expected life span. (National Institute of Mental Health)

Depression Statistics

Depression is a common mental health issue that causes people to experience low moods, potential loss of pleasure or interest in activities, feelings of guilt or even low-self worth, low energy and poor concentration amongst other feelings. These feelings are often prolonged over weeks or months.

  • Around 3 million people are diagnosed with depression within the UK. (
  • More than half of all individuals committing suicide suffer from depression. (
  • 6.7% of American adults have had at least one major depressive episode in a given year. (
  • Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. (
  • 50% of people who have an episode of depression will experience a relapse. (
  • 9.8 million working days are lost in the UK due to depression. (
  • It’s estimated that 16.2 million adults in the United States. (
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. (

Eating Disorder Statistics

Eating disorders are abnormal patterns of eating and exercising that can severely interfere with your every day life, in a potentially dangerous way when left unchecked.

Anorexia Statistics

Anorexia is an eating disorder and serious mental health condition. People who suffer from anorexia tend to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough food, or by exercising too much, in some cases, sometimes even both. This can cause serious illness as they start to starve.

  • Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. (
  • 1 in 100 women aged between 15 and 30, are affected by anorexia. (
  • Research has found that 20% of people living with anorexia will die prematurely from their condition. (
  • 1 in 5 anorexia deaths is by suicide. (
  • 1.9% of women and 0.2% of men experience anorexia in any year. (
  • 10% of people affected by an eating disorder suffer from anorexia. (
  • 0.9% of American women suffer from anorexia in their lifetime. (
  • 33-50% of anorexia patients have a comorbid mood disorder, such as depression. (

Bulimia Statistics

Bulimia is another eating disorder and mental health condition. People with bulimia tend to go through periods where they eat a lot of food in a very short period of time (binge eating) and then make themselves sick through laxatives, excessive exercise or even a combination of both, in order to try and stop themselves from gaining weight.

  • 8% of women have bulimia at some stage in their life. (
  • There are up to 18 new diagnoses of bulimia nervosa, per 100,000 people, per year. (
  • 1.5% of American women suffer from bulimia nervosa in their lifetime. (
  • More than half of bulimia patients have comorbid anxiety disorders. (
  • Between 0.5% and 1% of young women experience bulimia at any one time. (
  • 40% of people affected by an eating disorder suffer from bulimia nervosa (
  • Nearly half of bulimia patients have a comorbid mood disorder. (
  • Nearly 1 in 10 bulimia patients have a comorbid substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use. (

Binge Eating Disorder Statistics

Binge Eating Disorder involves regularly eating large portions of food all in one go until you feel uncomfortably full, and then often feel upset or guilty about it.

  • 2.8% of American adults suffer from binge eating disorder in their lifetime. (
  • Nearly half of BED patients have a comorbid mood disorder. (
  • Binge eating or loss-of-control eating may be as high as 25% in post-bariatric patients. (
  • BED affects an estimated 2.8 million people in the United States (
  • Approximately half of the risk for BED is genetic. (
  • More than half of BED patients have comorbid anxiety disorders. (
  • Nearly 1 in 10 BED patients have a comorbid substance abuse disorder, usually alcohol use. (
  • Binge eating disorder affects three times the number of people diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia combined. (

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Statistics (OCD Statistics)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition in which the person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. This can be very distressing and can even lead to disruption and interference in day to day life.

  • In the United States, about 1 in 40 adults (2.3% of the population) and 1 in 100 children have OCD. (
  • It has been estimated that 35% of patients affected with OCD have a first degree relative affected by this condition. (
  • An estimated 1.2% of U.S. adults had OCD in the past year. (
  • Another 34.8% of adults with OCD had moderate impairment, and 14.6% had mild impairment. (
  • Among adults with OCD, approximately one half (50.6%) had had serious impairment. (

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Statistics (ADHD Statistics)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. People suffering with ADHD may also experience other problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

  • Males are almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than females. (
  • The average age of ADHD diagnosis is 7 years old. (
  • Today, about 4 percent of American adults over the age of 18 deal with ADHD on a daily basis. (
  • The CDC says that 11 percent of American children, ages 4 to 17, have the attention disorder.  That’s an increase of 42 percent in just eight years. (
  • ADHD costs Americans $42.5 billion dollars each year. (
  • During their lifetimes, 12.9 percent of men will be diagnosed with the attention disorder. Just 4.9 percent of women will be diagnosed. (
  • From 2001 to 2010, the rate of ADHD among non-Hispanic black girls increased 90 percent. (
  • The American Psychiatric Association (APA) says that 5 percent of American children have ADHD. (
  • Currently, 6.1 percent of all American children are being treated for ADHD with medication. (

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Statistics (PTSD Statistics)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone suffering from PTSD often relives the memory or traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may even experience feelings of isolation, irritability & guilt.

  • Each year in the U.S., roughly 8 million adults suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. (
  • Roughly 10 percent of women overall will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. That’s compared to 4 percent of men. (
  • 15% of Vietnam Veterans experience PTSD each year. (
  • The lifetime risk for developing PTSD in U.S. adults is 3.5%. (
  • About 50 percent of women and 60 percent of men overall will experience at least one trauma in their lifetime. (
  • 12% of Gulf War (Desert Storm) Veterans experience PTSD each year. (
  • 11-20% of Veterans of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom experience PTSD each year. (

Schizophrenia Statistics

Schizophrenia is a severe and long-term mental health condition, and is often described as a type of psychosis, which means the person may not always be able to distinguish the difference between their own thoughts and ideas from reality.

  • There is an incidence of schizophrenia in about 1-out-of-100 people. (
  • At some time during their life about 1 in 100 people will suffer an episode of schizophrenia (
  • Schizophrenia is a killer. Sufferers have a 5 to 10% chance of dying by their own hand within ten years of diagnosis around two and half times higher than the general population. (

  • 25% of people treated for schizophrenia have experienced recovery within 10 years. (
  • Schizophrenia is a major illness. At any one time about 220,000 people are being treated for schizophrenia in the UK by the NHS. (

Dementia Statistics

Dementia is a syndrome (or a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline in brain functioning. This tends to include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness, language, mood and judgement amongst other things.

  • There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051. (
  • 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems. (
  • There are over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK. (
  • 25% of hospital beds are occupied by people living with dementia who are over 65. (
  • 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes. (
  • 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia. (
  • The cost of dementia in the UK is expected to more than double in the next 25 years, from £26bn to £55bn in 2040. (​

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Statistics (BDD Statistics)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD or Body Dysmorphia) is a mental health condition in which the sufferer spends a lot of time worrying about ‘flaws’ in their appearance that are unnoticeable to others.

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects an estimated 2.4% of American adults. (
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects between 1.7% and 2.4% of the general population – about 1 in 50 people. (
  • In the United States, BDD occurs in about 2.5% in males, and in 2.2 % of females. (
  • One study found that 18 percent of students with BDD dropped out of school entirely because their symptoms were so severe. (
  • 94 percent of youth with BDD described experiencing social difficulties resulting from embarrassment and shame related to their appearance. (

Borderline Personality Disorder Statistics (BPD Statistics)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a disorder that affects the persons’ mood and how they interact with others. This behaviour will differ slightly from an average person in terms of how they think, perceive feel or relate to others.

  • In the United States, recent research has shown that 1.6% of the population has BPD. That percentage means that over 4 million people have BPD in America alone. (
  • About 70% of people with BPD will make at least one suicide attempt in their lifetimes. (
  • While 1.6% is the recorded percentage of people with BPD, the actual prevalence may be even higher. In a recent study, over 40% of people with BPD had been previously misdiagnosed with other disorders like bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder. (
  • Borderline Personality Disorder inpatients have rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from 36 percent to 58 percent. (

  • In fact, about 75% of people diagnosed with BPD are women; that’s a ratio of 3 women to 1 man diagnosed with BPD. (
  • In addition, between 8 and 10 percent of people with BPD will commit suicide. This rate is more than 50 times the rate of suicide in the general population. (
  • In fact, as many as 20% of people with BPD have also been found to have bipolar disorder, making their diagnosis and treatment more complicated than treating one disease. (
  • Around 1 in 100 people have BPD. (
  • BPD outpatients have rates of PTSD from 25 percent to 55 percent. (

Dissociative Identity Disorder Statistics (DID Statistics)

Dissociative Identity Disorders are a range of conditions that can cause physical or psychological problems. Some Dissociative Identify Disorders are very short lived, sometimes following a traumatic life experience and can take anywhere from a few weeks to months to resolve, while other Dissociative Disorders can last much longer.

  • Female’s experience more childhood abuse than males at a ratio of 10:1 and thus more females suffer from DID. (
  • It’s estimated that 2% of people experience dissociative disorders, with women being more likely than men to be diagnosed. (

Cyclothymia Statistics

Cyclothymia (Cyclothymia Disorder) causes mood swings, ranging from feeling low to experiencing emotional highs. Cyclothymia often goes unnoticed, undiagnosed and untreated because most people’s symptoms are mild enough that they don’t want to seek mental health treatment, or the emotional high feels good, so they don’t realise anything is wrong.

  • The female-to-male ratio in Cyclothymia disorder is approximately 3:2. (
  • The disorder usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood, and there is a 15 percent to 50 percent risk that a person with Cyclothymia disorder will go on to develop bipolar I disorder or bipolar II disorder. (

  • Approximately 0.4 percent to one percent of people will experience Cyclothymia in their lifetime. (
  • It is estimated that 50%–75% of all patients develop the disorder between the ages of 15 and 25. (

Postnatal Depression Statistics

Postnatal Depression is a type of depression that is experienced by many parents after having a baby. If left untreated, the symptoms could last months, and if allowed to get worse, could have a significant impact on you, your baby and your general day-to-day life.

  • Approximately 33% of mothers who experienced depression symptoms during pregnancy went on to have PND. (
  • The reported rate of clinical postpartum depression among new mothers is between 10 to 20 percent. (
  • When including women who have miscarried or have had a stillbirth, around 900,000 women suffer from postpartum depression annually in the US. (
  • Half of men who have partners with postpartum depression will go on to develop depression themselves. (
  • Approximately 25% of mothers still suffered from PND up to a year after their child was born. (
  • Approximately 58% of new mothers with PND did not seek medical help. This was often due to them not understanding the condition or fearing the consequences of reporting the problem. (
  • One study found that postpartum depression rates in Asian countries could be at 65 percent or more among new mothers. (
  • The odds of women developing postnatal depression (PND) increase by up to 79% when they give birth to boys compared to girls. (

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Statistics (PMDD Statistics)

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a very severe and sometimes disabling form of premenstrual syndrome, which can cause many emotional and physical symptoms similar to those of PMS. However, with PMDD these symptoms are often much worse and can have a serious affect on your life.

  • Epidemiological studies indicate that as many as 80% of women in the US experience emotional, behavioural, or physical premenstrual symptoms. (
  • Worldwide, PMDD affects 3-8% of women in their reproductive years, imposing an enormous burden on women, their families, and the health care system. (
  • Studies also show that an estimated 15% of women with PMDD will commit an act of suicide in their lifetime while a larger percentage experiences thoughts about suicide and self-harm. (
  • An estimated 5-10% of women of reproductive age have PMDD (

Psychosis Statistics

Psychosis is a mental health condition that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently to the average person, this can sometimes involve hallucinations or delusions, which in turn can lead to severe distress and a change in behaviour.

  • In March 2010, an estimated 3.1 cases per 1,000 population aged between 18 and 64 years had a psychotic illness and were in contact with public specialised mental health services. (
  • 3.5% of the population experiences psychosis (
  • About 100,000 adolescents and young adults in the US experience first episode psychosis each year. (
  • Three out of 100 people will experience psychosis at some time in their lives. (

Seasonal Affective Disorder Statistics (SAD Statistics)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (Winter Depression or SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. The symptoms are often more apparent and severe in the winter months, but some people can experience Seasonal Affective Disorder during summer too.

  • In a given year, about 5 percent of the U.S. population experiences seasonal depression. (
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that the NHS estimates to affect approximately one in 15 people in the UK between September and April. (
  • SAD affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population. (
  • Four out of five people who have seasonal depression are women. (
  • According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help. (

Panic Disorder Statistics

Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which you regularly have sudden attacks of panic or fear. While experiencing feelings of anxiety at certain times is normal, people with Panic Disorder often have feelings of panic, anxiety or stress occur regularly, and at times, for no apparent reason.

  • An estimated 2.7% of U.S. adults had panic disorder in the past year. (
  • An estimated 4.7% of U.S. adults experience panic disorder at some time in their lives. (
  • An estimated 2.3% of adolescents had panic disorder, and 2.3% had severe impairment. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria were used to determine impairment. (
  • Panic Disorders affect 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population. (
  • Past year prevalence of panic disorder among adults was higher for females (3.8%) than for males (1.6%). (
  • Impairment was distributed evenly among adults with panic disorder. An estimated 44.8% had serious impairment, 29.5% had moderate impairment, and 25.7% had mild impairment. (
  • The prevalence of panic disorder among adolescents was higher for females (2.6%) than for males (2.0%). (

Tourette’s Syndrome Statistics (TS Statistics)

Touretter’s Syndrome is a condition that causes a person to make involuntary noises and movements, called tics. There is no known cure for Tourette’s, but treatment can help manage the symptoms.

  • It is estimated that 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibit milder and less complex symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics. (
  • A CDC study using parent report found that 1 of every 360 (0.3%) children 6 – 17 years of age in the US have received a diagnosis of TS; this is about 138,000 children. (
  • Boys are three to five times more likely to have Tourette’s syndrome than girls. (
  • Studies that included children with diagnosed and undiagnosed TS have estimated that 1 of every 162 children (0.6%) have TS. (
  • Among children diagnosed with TS, 37% have been reported as having moderate or severe forms of the condition. (

Self-Harm Statistics

Self-Harm is when a person intentionally damages or injures their own body. This is often a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.

  • Each year, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self-harm. (
  • Nearly 50 percent of those who engage in self injury activities have been sexually abused. (
  • About 50 percent of those who engage in self mutilation begin around age 14 and carry on into their 20s. (
  • Approximately two million cases are reported annually in the U.S. (
  • 90 percent of people who engage in self harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years. (
  • Females comprise 60 percent of those who engage in self injurious behaviour. (
  • Many of those who self injure report learning how to do so from friends or pro self injury websites. (
  • Self-harm affects around one in 12 people with 10% of 15-16 year olds self-harming. (

Suicide Statistics

Suicide is the act of intentionally causing your own death. This is often a last resort for people who wish to escape pain or suffering (Whether this be emotional, physical or psychological etc.)

  • The highest rate of suicide in the UK was recorded as 21.4 deaths per 100,000 population in 1988. (Wikipedia)
  • In the UK, 5,821 people aged 10 and over have died by suicide in 2017. (Wikipedia)
  • In 2012, the United Kingdom government spent £1.5 million to develop planning and strategies on preventing suicides. (Wikipedia)
  • The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49. (
  • Suicides resulted in 828,000 global deaths in 2015, an increase from 712,000 deaths in 1990. (Wikipedia)
  • Male suicides have consistently accounted for approximately three-quarters of all suicides in the UK since the mid-1990s. (Wikipedia)
  • In the Republic of Ireland, 392 people aged 10 and over have died by suicide in 2017. (
  • The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was for men aged 25–34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45–54). (
  • Between 2003 and 2013, 18,220 people with mental health problems took their own life in the UK. (

Useful Organisations to Contact

If you feel like you’re suffering from any mental health issues, it’s important to talk to someone. Help and support is available right now if you need it.

You Don’t Have to Struggle with Difficult Feelings Alone.

Alzheimer’s Society

Phone: 0300 222 1122
Open: Mon-Fri, 09:00 – 17:00 | Weekends, 10:00 – 16:00
About: Provides information on dementia, including fact-sheets and helplines.


Phone: 0808 801 0677 (Adults) | 0808 801 0711 (U-18)
About: Beat is an eating disorder charity, giving support and advice to people suffering with eating disorders.

Bipolar UK

Phone: 0333 323 3880
About: A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0808 808 1677
About: Charity providing information and support after someone you know has died.


About: UK volunteering opportunities, including environment and conservation options.

Mental Health Foundation

About: Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

NAPAC (The National Association for People Abused in Childhood)

Phone: 0808 801 0331
Open: Mon – Thu, 10:00 – 21:00 | Friday, 10:00 – 18:00
About: A charity supporting adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Provides a support line and local support services.


Phone: 0300 330 0700
Open: Daily, 08:00 – 00:00
About: National charity for parents, providing information and support for all parents.

OCD Action

Phone: 0845 390 6232
Open: Mon – Fri, 09:30 – 17:00
About: Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Papyrus HOPELineUK

Phone: 0800 068 4141 | 07786 209 697 (Text Service)
Open: Weekdays, 10:00 – 22:00 | Weekends, 14:00 – 22:00 | Bank Holidays, 14:00 – 17:00
About: Confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them. Calls and texts are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.


Phone: 116 123 (Freephone)
Freepost: RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA
About: 24-hour emotional support for anyone feeling down or struggling to cope.


Phone: 0808 802 5544 (Parents’ Helpline)
Open: Mon – Fri, 09:30 – 16:00
About: Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Anxiety UK

Phone: 03444 775 774
Open: Mon – Fri, 09:30 – 17:30
About: Advice and support for people living with anxiety.

Big White Wall

About: Online community for adults experiencing emotional or psychological distress. You need a paid subscription or NHS referral to join, although it is free for people living in some areas.

BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Phone: 01455 883 300
About: Provides a directory of accredited therapists.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Phone: 0800 585 858 | Webchat
Open: Daily, 17:00 – 00:00
About: Provides a directory of accredited therapists.

Depression UK

About: A self-help organisation made up of individuals and local groups.

Men’s Health Forum

About: 24/7 Stress Support for me by text, chat or email.


Phone: 0300 123 3393
Open: Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 18:00
About: Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)

About: Information and clinical guidelines on treatments for depression.


About: Provides information on treatments for depression available through the NHS.

No Panic

Phone: 0844 967 4848
Open:  Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
About: Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.


Phone: 0845 120 3778
Open:  Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 17:00
About: A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

Rethink Mental Illness

Phone: 0300 5000 927
Open:  Mon – Fri, 09:30 – 16:00
About: Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Sane Support Forum

About: Mental health forum for discussion and mutual support.

UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)​​

Phone: 020 7014 9955
About: Provides a directory of accredited psychotherapists and psycho-therapeutic counsellors.

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