Where to get help and assistance

People who suffer with depression and other mental health problems often try to hide the symptoms from close family and friends and it is vital to recognise the early signs. There are a wide variety of organisations that can help people people in mental distress, and as well as offering support to their family and friends.

Cameron Grant Memorial Trust (CGMT) can’t provide advice about personal situations. However, if you, or anyone you know, is feeling depressed, it is most important that you seek professional help quickly. Below, we have provided some details of organisations which are able to provide help and support, and links to many others. Their services are intended to supplement and not replace professional advice through your GP and other services provided by the National Health Service.

Cameron Grant Memorial Trust (CGMT) doesn’t recommend or endorse any particular organisation and can’t guarantee that the organisation will have a solution to your particular problem; however, we do hope that they will be able to provide the right support for your situation.

  • Samaritans runs the largest UK based helpline. Samaritans can be called free any time, from any phone, on 116 123. Samaritans say: 

    We’re here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us.

    Samaritans can also be reached by email on jo@samaritans.org, by mail and at their local branches. See their website for more information.

  • PAPYRUS runs HOPELINEUK – a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information: to Children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling, and to anyone who is concerned about a young person. HOPELINEUK can be reached on free phone number 0800 068 41 41, by email at pat@papyrus-uk.org, or by text message at 07860 039 967. HOPELineUK opening hours are 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays. Check the HOPELINEUK website for the latest details.
  • CAM Crisis Messenger – Do you need help now? Our Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text CAM to 85258.

Evan Grant

(With thanks to The Matthew Elvidge Trust website from which some of the text above is borrowed.)