World Mental Health Day - support services that can help

Published: 09 October 2020

Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. This year's theme is 'mental health for all'. We’ve pulled together some of the latest services and resources along with a little more information on what mental health means. If you need urgent mental health support either for yourself or someone you care about, find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline.

What is Mental Health? Mental health covers our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. More simply, your mental health can determine how you feel, how you think and behave and how well you connect with others. It affects people in different ways but often has an impact on how we:

  • cope with stress
  • react to situations
  • see ourselves and situations
  • relate to others
  • make choices

Anyone at any time can develop a mental health problem. They are common but not always obvious. This is why it’s important for everyone to understand more about mental health and what support is available. Support is available in different ways. From resources you can try alone to services you can talk to.


Resources and online help

Every Mind Matters

Helps you to make small changes that fit your life, so you feel better and healthier every day. They have great resources such as this breathing exercise video.



An online mental wellbeing community. Access free, safe and anonymous support. You can chat with their team, record a diary, join discussion boards and read their magazine and articles.


YoungMinds – looking after yourself

Things that can affect mental health and advice on coping with them including social media, racism, gender identity, family situation, coronavirus and more.


On-my-mind - Self-care tips

Lots of things you can try at home to look after our own mental health. The on-my-mind website is made by the Anna Freud Centre and also has guides on referrals to get support, a directory of services and articles on lots of topics.


Healthy Minds Bucks

Resource and materials from Healthy Minds Bucks. You can also self-refer to Healthy Minds for one-to-one or group support.



Find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline

Free, 24-hour NHS urgent mental health helplines for people of all ages. If someone is in immediate danger call 999.


Free listening services

These services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult.



  • call 116 123

  • email: for a reply within 24 hours

  • text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line or text "YM" if you're under 19


If you’re under 19 and don’t want a call to show on your phone bill

If you're under 19, you can call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.


Healthy Minds Bucks

Healthy Minds offer counselling and talking sessions over the phone and in person. You can refer yourself and their friendly team will get in touch.

Local Youth Drop-ins

Are you secondary school / college age?  Do you need help and advice on your health and wellbeing, with anything related to school or getting a job? Need to find local things to do, such as sports and leisure, volunteering and more. Why not come along to one of our drop-in sessions for young people.  


Social media follows:

Consider following these services on social media to say up-to-date with support and information

Every Mind Matters (YouTube)

One You (Facebook, Twitter)

Mental Health Foundation (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)

Young Minds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)

Time to Change (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)