Wellbeing: Urgent and immediate support

If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it is important to get support now.

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NHS 111 online

111 online can help if you have a medical problem and you're not sure what to do.

NHS 111 online or call 111 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Call 111 or 0845 46 47 in Wales.

 

Samaritans - 116 123

The Samaritans provide free 24-hour support for your mental or emotional health. They can be contacted on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email jo@Samaritans.org

The Samaritans also have an online self-help app where you can keep track of how you're feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis.

 

CALM - 0800 58 58 58

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason. Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight). They also offer a free, anonymous webchat with trained staff.

 

SHOUT- text 85258

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

 

NHS Urgent Mental Health helplines (England)

In England, you can access urgent support through local NHS urgent mental health helplines. This website allows you to search for your local 24-hour service.

 

Lifeline (Northern Ireland) - 0808 808 8000

Lifeline Northern Ireland provides free 24-hour support with a local counsellor. They can be contacted on 0808 808 8000. Text phone number: 18001 0808 808 8000 (for deaf and hard of hearing users only).

 

Breathing Space (Scotland) – 0800 83 85 87

Breathing space is a free, confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland who is experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. It is available:

  • weekdays: Monday – Thursday 6pm to 2am
  • weekend: Friday 6pm – Monday 2am

Can you help?

Do you know of any local optometry wellbeing support groups or social media campaigns in your area that you would like us to add here? Would you like to contribute a case study or blog post about wellbeing for our members?

Contact us: abby.duggan@college-optometrists.org

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