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Click on the links below or scroll down to find information on organisations that may be able to assist you.
- If you are worried about your mental health …
- If you have a problem relating to the criminal justice system …
- If you are trying to get help for a friend or family member in prison …
- If you would like advice about drugs or alcohol …
- If you have a housing problem …
- Other organisations that may be able to help …
Mind provides two confidential mental health information services.
Mindinfoline: 0845 766 0163
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Mindinfoline provides information on a range of topics including types of mental distress, where to get help, drug and alternative treatments and advocacy. They can provide details of help and support for people in their own area.
Mind Legal Advice Service: 0845 2259393
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Mind’s Legal Advice Service provides legal information and advice on mental health related law covering mental health, community care, capacity, discrimination/equality and human rights.
The Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. The service is also offered by email, letter and face to face in most of their branches.
SANEline: 0845 767 8000
Open from 6pm to 11pm every day of the year including Christmas, New Year and all other public holidays.
SANEline is a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems.
Rethink Advice and Information Service: 0845 456 0455
Open Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm
Rethink’s Advice and Information Service provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. The Information and Advice Service team also provides evidence to the media and government to improve mental health policy.
Nacro Resettlement Advice Service: 020 7840 7200
- the UK’s only dedicated confidential helpline and online service providing expert advice and advocacy to serving prisoners, former prisoners and others facing severe barriers in various aspects of their lives as a result of their former offending.
- expert advice, training and strategic support to employers, educational establishments and other organisations working with ex-offenders, including risk assessment support for organisations seeking to employ or admit individuals with a criminal record, and Work Programme Contractors seeking to place ex-offenders into sustainable employment.
- a personalised research service, based on a unique national service level database which helps family professionals locate suitable housing, employment and other vital resettlement services for people leaving prison and relocating to different areas of the country.
Prisoners Advice Service: 020 7253 3323 or 0845 430 8923
Open 9.30-13.00 and 14.00-17.30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Answer phone service at all other times – please leave a message.
Prisoners Advice Service (PAS) provides legal advice and information to prisoners in England and Wales regarding their rights, the application of the Prison Rules and conditions of imprisonment. PAS takes up prisoners’ complaints about their treatment inside prison by providing free advice and assistance on an individual and confidential basis, taking legal action where appropriate.
For families/friends and people working with prisoners: 020 7251 5070
Open 9:30am - 5:30pm, Monday – Friday
Free phone information line for prisoners: 0808 802 0060
Open Monday 3:30pm - 7:30pm, Tuesday 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Thursday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
The Prison Reform Trust’s advice and information service helps people in prison, their family and friends and those working with prisoners who have queries. They can give you information on any aspect of the prison system and can explain the rules and regulations in a clear way and give advice and support. If they cannot help we can usually tell you about an organisation that can. They do not give legal advice or provide counselling.
Prisoners' Families Helpline: 0808 808 2003
Open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 3pm Saturday
The Prisoners' Families Helpline is a free and confidential service for anyone who is affected by the imprisonment of a close family member or friend. The Helpline is managed by Action for Prisoners' Families and the service is provided by the Ormiston Children and Families Trust in Cambridge.
Freephone helpline for prisoners’ families: 0808 808 3444
Prisoners’ Families and Friends Service is an independent voluntary agency which has been helping prisoners’ families for over 40 years. They provide support, friendship and advice to the families and friends of anyone sentenced to imprisonment or remanded in custody.
National Drugs Helpline (Talk to Frank): 0800 77 66 00
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Helpline for anyone concerned about drug or solvent misuse. Advice and information for people who misuse drugs, their families, friends, carers and professionals. Formerly known as the National Drugs Helpline.
Alcoholics Anonymous national helpline: 0845 769 7555
A confidential helpline where you will speak to someone who knows about problems with alcohol from personal experience.
Drinkline: 0800 917 8282
Advice and information for people with alcohol problems or anyone concerned about alcohol misuse.
Adfam is a national organisation working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. They do not have a helpline, but their website has information on support groups and services and useful organisations.
Shelter Housing advice helpline: 0808 800 4444
Open Monday – Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm
Shelter provides a free, national telephone advice line staffed by trained housing advisers. They provide advice and information for people with a housing problem or who are homeless. Issues dealt with include housing rights, harassment, illegal eviction, rent and mortgage arrears, housing benefit, domestic violence, hostel placements and finding accommodation.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Open 24 hours
Helpline for women experiencing physical, emotional or sexual violence at home - provides advice, information and support.