There are many things that can make us feel low or hopeless and these feelings can come and go, but it’s important to take them seriously. If you are having thoughts of suicide, are harming yourself or have thoughts about self-harm, it’s important to tell someone. These thoughts and feelings can be complex, frightening, and confusing, but you do not have to struggle alone.

The Retreat Clinics is not able to provide crisis services, if you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe please contact one of the following organisations to get support right away.

Beat – Offers information and advice on eating disorders and runs a supportive online community. Also provides a directory of support services at HelpFinder.

Contact 0808 801 0677 (adult helpline), 0808 801 0711 (youthline) or 0808 801 0811 (studentline), o visit

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – Provides listening services, information, and support for anyone who needs to talk, including a web chat.

Contact 0800 58 58 58 or visit

Combat Stress – Treatment and support for armed forces veterans who have mental health problems.

Contact 0800 1381 619 or visit

The Compassionate Friends – Provides support to bereaved families after the death of a child.

Contact 0345 123 2304 or visit

Cruse Bereavement Care – Information and support after a bereavement.

Contact 0808 808 1677 or visit

LGBT Foundation – Advice, support and information for people identifying as LGBTQ+.

Contact 0345 3 30 30 30 or visit

Men’s Advice Line – Confidential advice and support for men who have experienced domestic violence and abuse by a current or ex-partner or family member.

Contact 0808 801 0327 or visit

Money Helper – Provides free and impartial money advice.

Contact 0800 138 7777 or 18001 0800 915 4622 (textphone) or

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) – Supports adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Offers a helpline, email support and local services.

Contact 0808 801 033 or visit

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – Free 24-hour helpline for women who have experienced domestic abuse and violence, with all female advisors. Also offers a live chat and can help to find refuge accommodation. Run by the domestic violence charity Refuge.

Contact 0808 2000 247 or visit

NHS – 111 Non-emergency medical help and advice for people in England. 111

NHS UK – Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.

Relate – Provides help and support with relationships, including counselling and telephone support.

Contact 0300 003 0396 or visit

Samaritans – Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person.

Contact 116 123 (freephone), email or visit

Shout – Confidential 24/7 text service offering support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.

Contact 85258 (text SHOUT) or visit

The Silver Line – Provides support, information, friendship and advice for older people (over 55) who may feel lonely or isolated.

Contact 0800 4 70 80 90 or visit

Stand Alone – Charity supporting adults who are estranged (not in contact) from their family.


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) – Emotional and practical support and local groups for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide.

Contact 0300 111 5065 or visit

Switchboard Listening services – Information and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Contact 0300 330 0630 or visit

Tommy’s Information and support for people affected by stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth.


The Trussell Trust – Emergency food and support for people in need. Includes a searchable list of local foodbanks.