Talking about mental health is really important. However it can be difficult for some and can trigger a strong emotional response. If you feel you need support with your mental health please ensure you seek the appropriate support from your local health care facility, local community group that specialises in mental health or (if available) a national helpline.
For more information on the various mental health conditions please see Mind’s website: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/
We have listed national helplines where we know they are available. If your country does not have a national helpline please seek professional and community support from trained and experienced carers.
Mentally Aware Nigeria (MANI)
South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) Helplines:
Suicide Crisis Helpline:
0800 567 567
24hr Substance Abuse Helpline:
0800 12 13 14
Mental Health Helplines:
0800 456 789
0800 21 22 23
0300 123 3393
13 11 14
1300 22 4636
Suicide callback service
1300 659 467
The MindSpot Clinic
1800 61 44 34
https://kidshelpline.com.au/ We are Kids Helpline. Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions)
www.depression.org.nz – includes The Journal online help service
SPARX.org.nz – online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed
Sexuality or gender identity helpline
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) provides confidential telephone support
Helplines for children and young people
What's Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 12noon–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available from 3pm–10pm 7 days a week, including all public holidays.
Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.
Help for parents, family and friends
Commonground – a website hub providing parents, family, whānau and friends with access to information, tools and support to help a young person who is struggling.
Parent Help – 0800 568 856 for parents/whānau seeking support, advice and practical strategies on all parenting concerns. Anonymous, non-judgemental and confidential.
Family Services 211 Helpline – 0800 211 211 for help finding (and direct transfer to) community based health and social support services in your area.
Skylight – 0800 299 100 for support through trauma, loss and grief; 9am–5pm weekdays.
Other specialist helplines
Are You OK – 0800 456 450 family violence helpline
Gambling Helpline – 0800 654 655
Anxiety phone line – 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)
Seniorline – 0800 725 463 A free information service for older people
0508MUSICHELP – The Wellbeing Service is a 24/7 online, on the phone and in-person counselling service fully funded by the NZ Music Foundation and provided free of charge to those in the Kiwi music community who can't access the help they need due to hardship and other circumstances. Call 0508 MUSICHELP.
Shine – 0508 744 633 confidential domestic abuse helpline
Quit Line – 0800 778 778 smoking cessation help
Vagus Line – 0800 56 76 666 (Mon, Wed, Fri 12 noon – 2pm). Promote family harmony among Chinese, enhance parenting skills, decrease conflict among family members (couple, parent-child, in-laws) and stop family violence
Women's Refuge Crisisline – 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE) (for women living with violence, or in fear, in their relationship or family)
Shakti Crisis Line – 0800 742 584 (for migrant or refugee women living with family violence
Rape Crisis – 0800 883 300 (for support after rape or sexual assault)
Warmlines for consumers of mental health services
Free peer support services for people experiencing mental illness or those supporting them
Canterbury and West Coast – 03 379 8415 / 0800 899 276 (1pm to midnight, seven nights)
Wellington 0800 200 207 (7pm–1am, Tuesday to Sunday)
Auckland Central 0508 927 654 or 0508 WARMLINE (8pm to midnight, seven nights)
Fortis Exam Helpline - +918376804102
The Fortis National Helpline number is for students or parents with queries related to stress, mental wellbeing, exam tips or even to consult a team of experts and behavioural psychologists.
24 X 7
iCall is a service from TISS, run by trained mental health professionals. iCALL provides emotional support, information and referral services to individuals in psycho-social distress, across the life span and across different gender and sexual identities.
MONDAY TO SATURDAY, 8 AM - 10 PM
PARIVARTHAN Counselling, Training and Research Centre - 080- 65333323
Providing multimodal services in the field of mental health, this Helpline is serviced by trained, professional counsellors.
4 PM - 10 PM, MON - FRI
Sahai - 080-25497777 / SAHAIHELPLINE@GMAIL.COM
This helpline is a service provided by Medico Pastoral Association (MPA) and is run by trained active volunteers. If any caller requires face to face counselling, they are referred to MPA counsellors who are fully trained.
10 AM- 8 PM MONDAY TO SATURDAY
Sumaitri - 011-23389090 / FEELINGSUICIDAL@SUMAITRI.NET
A crisis intervention centre for the depressed, distressed and suicidal. The Helpline provides unconditional and unbiased emotional support to callers, visitors or those who write in.
2 PM- 10 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY; 10 AM - 10 PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Working in the area of mental health, and providing emotional support AASRA offers a helpline service and walk-in center. The Helpline is answered by professionally trained volunteers who provide non-judgmental and non-critical listening.
A suicide prevention organisation that offers emotional support for the depressed, desperate and the suicidal.
Lifeline - LIFELINEKOLKATA@GMAIL.COM - 033-24637401 / 033-24637432
Lifeline offers a free tele-helpline providing emotional support to people who are in despair, depressed or suicidal. Face to face befriending with prior appointment is also available.
10 AM - 6 PM
COOJ Mental Health Foundation - 0832-2252525 / YOUMATTERBYCOOJ@GMAIL.COM
This helpline offers emotional support individuals dealing with suicidal thoughts, as well as those experiencing other levels of distress. It is run by volunteers trained in Mindfulness Based Active Listening.
3 AM - 7 PM, MONDAY - SATURDAY
Vandrevala Foundation - 1860-266-2345 /
1800-233-3330 / HELP@VANDREVALAFOUNDATION.COM
This organization is run by trained counsellors and is 24x7
Roshni - +9140 - 6620 2000 / 6620 2001 /
They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include depression, distress and suicide
11AM - 9 PM ,MONDAY-SATURDAY
Connecting...NGO - 1800-843-4353
They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include awareness and psychoeducation programs
2 PM - 8 PM MONDAY- SATURDAY
Samaritans Mumbai - +91 84229 84528 / +91 84229 84529 / +84229 84530 / TALK2SAMARITANS@GMAIL.COM
They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include depression, suicide and stress. They are available on email, phone and in-person free services.
3 PM - 9 PM, MONDAY TO SUNDAY