List of help

Below are the local and national organisations that can help if you need it. 

The information on organisations below does not amount to an endorsement by Gloucestershire County Council of their services. Any use is at your own risk. Please check the organisation's qualifications and inspection reports where applicable.

Samaritans - 24/7 listening service and suicidal support (national with local branches in Cheltenham and Gloucester)

Suicide Crisis - support for those in suicide crisis (based in Gloucestershire)

Maytree - support those in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting (based in London)


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - leading a movement against male suicide (national)

PAPYRUS - working to prevent suicide by young people (national)

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) - support those aged over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide (national)

Sunflowers Suicide Support - support those bereaved by suicide (Gloucestershire)

Winston’s Wish – support for children who have lost a parent or sibling to suicide (national, based in Gloucestershire)

Cruse Bereavement Care – bereavement (including suicide bereavement) counselling support (national, based in Gloucestershire)


If you have witnessed someone taking their life, it can be very upsetting and traumatic - even if you didn't know them. 

The Support After Suicide Partnership have put together some information on the types of reactions you can experience, how to care for yourself and where to go for help. You can find out more here.


Age UK - support older people, their families and carers to be able to love later life (national with Gloucestershire branch

Alcoholic’s Anonymous - supporting personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics (national)

Beat – supporting anyone affected by eating disorders (national)

Blue Light Programme by Mind - Provides mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from ambulance, fire, police and search and rescue services (national)

Childline - confidential telephone counselling service for any child/young person with a problem

ChatHealth  - Support (via text message) to young people with questions relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues including: relationships, bullying, healthy lifestyle, anxiety, drugs, smoking, stress, body worries, alcohol, self-harm and sexual health.

Combat Stress – supporting veterans’ mental health (national)

Drug & Alcohol Support Service - confidential drug and alcohol service for adults (including offenders), families, carers and affected others (based in Gloucestershire)

GAY-GLOS - social group for young LGB&T people (based in Gloucestershire)

Gloscats – support for the transgender community (based in Gloucestershire)

Gloucestershire Counselling Service – counselling service (based in Gloucestershire)

Gloucestershire Farming Friends - practical help and emotional support in complete confidence to anyone in the rural community (based in Gloucestershire)

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS trust - provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire, including Let’s Talk

Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Assault – emotional and practical support to both male and female victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse (based in Gloucestershire)

Gloucestershire Self-Harm Helpline – anonymous non-judgemental listening support to those who self-harm, or those worried about someone who is self harming (based in Gloucestershire)

Gloucestershire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) – support victims of sexual assault (based in Gloucestershire)

Gloucestershire Victim Support - emotional and practical help to people who have been affected by crime (based in Gloucestershire)

Kooth - online support platform where young people (aged between 11 - 18 years) can access free anonymous counselling, join friendly discussion boards, keep online journals, track goals, and read self-help articles with the option to contribute their own experiences or advice (available to those in Gloucestershire).

Lifting The Blues – supports the loved ones of those who have mental health issues (based in Gloucestershire)

Mental Health Experience Led Opportunities (MHELO) – user-led organisation to ensure the voices of people with Lived Experience of Mental Ill Health are heard (based in Gloucestershire)

Mermaids - helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families

Mind - provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem (national with a branch based in Gloucestershire)

On Your Mind – online directory to help young people cope with life's ups and downs (signposts to Gloucestershire sources of support)

PAPYRUS - working to prevent suicide by young people (national)

Qwell - online support platform where adults over 18 can access free anonymous counselling, join friendly discussion boards, keep online journals, track goals, and read self-help articles with the option to contribute their own experiences or advice (available to those in Gloucestershire)

Sane – offers support to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers (national)

Self Injury Support – non-judgemental support around self injury (national)

Stonewall – information and support for LGBT communities and their allies

Support Line - confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults (national)

The Cavern - listening support, low level interventions and inclusive activities in a supportive environment (based in Gloucestershire)

The Listening Post – counselling support (based in Gloucestershire)

TIC+ - (formerly Teens in Crisis) face-to-face counselling support for young people aged between 9 – 21 years old (based in Gloucestershire)

Young Minds Parents' Helpline – confidential helpline for parents of children and young people (national)

Young Minds - information on children and young people’s mental health

Your Circle - directory to help you find your way around health and care and connect with people, places and activities in Gloucestershire




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