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Mental health issues in the workplace are common, especially depression, anxiety and problems related to stress. Mental health in the workplace and the wellbeing of our employees and temporary workers is very close to our hearts at Meridian, below is a list of helpful resources and organisations if you feel you are struggling with a mental health issue:

The following helplines provide emotional and crisis support for everyone affected by mental ill health:

Samaritans Phone: 116 123. (Freephone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Provide emotional support for people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

SaneLine. Phone: 0300 304 7000.  

Provides out of hours mental health and emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental ill health, including family, friends and carers.

The Helplines Partnership.

Has a comprehensive listing of organisations in the UK that provide helplines, which is searchable by topic:

Mind lnfoline: Phone: 0300 123 3393. (Local call rates, 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri) Text: 86463

Provides advice and information on mental health issues, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy.but can't provide emotional or crisis support:

Abuse (domestic violence, child, sexual abuse)

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood provides support for people affected by sexual abuse in childhood through a dedicated support line, free online resources and training.

NSPCC. Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. Runs Childline (see below) and also a dedicated helpline for adults concerned that a child might be at risk of abuse.

Rape Crisis.

Supports anyone who has experienced rape, child sexual abuse and/or any other kind of sexual violence. Runs local helplines and centres across England and Wales.


24/7 freephone domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247 Help and information about domestic violence: helpline in partnership with Women's Aid, safe houses, etc.

Survivors UK

Help and support for men who have experienced sexual violence or abuse, including counselling and online and SMS chat support services run by professionals.

Women's Aid

24/7 freephone domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247 Working to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.

Addiction and substance misuse {alcohol, drugs, gambling)


Addaction supports adults, children, young adult and older people to make positive behavioural changes around alcohol, drugs, mental health and wellbeing.

Adfam - Families, drugs and alcohol

Information and support for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Runs helplines and local support groups across England, as well as training and information for drug and alcohol professionals.

Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire

Provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not, including range of self-help groups.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Runs self-help groups across Great Britain for anyone who wants to change their drinking behaviours, based on 12 step model of recovery.

Alcohol Concern.

Works to help people understand the dangers of drinking too much and to advocate for better treatment.

Alcohol Health Network www.alcoholhealthnet

Aims to improve alcohol related health in the workplace and in communities. Provides a range of alcohol harm reduction services, including employee and manager training, online health checks and counselling.

Cocaine Anonymous

Runs self-help groups for those with substance use issues relating to cocaine, based on 12 step model of recovery.

Drink Aware

Works to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. The website has free drink trackers and tools to assess your own drinking levels.

Drinkline. Phone: 0300 123 1110 (Freephone, 9am-8pm Mon-Fri; 11am -4pm Sat-Sun)


No Panic

Helps people with any kind of anxiety disorder. Specialises in self-help based recovery via their helpline and website resources.

OCD Action

Provides support and information to th ose affected by OCD. Runs self-he lp groups across the country as well as online support groups and advocacy services.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

Leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Their website includes a searchable register of local therapists.

Survivors UK

Help and support for men who have experienced sexual violence or abuse, including counselling and online and SMS chat support services run by professionals.

Women 's Aid.

24/7 freephone domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247 Working to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violenceis not tolerated.


Bereavement Advice Centre

Supports and advises people after a death in England and Wales. Their website and helpline provides help with the wide range of practical issues that need to be managed after a bereavement as well as signposting to other suppo rt.

Child Bereavement UK

Supports families and educates professionals about childhood death and bereavement. Runs a helpline and individual, couple's and family support sessions and groups across the country.

The Compassionate Friends

Bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents providing peer support for others who are bereaved.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Support, advice and information when someone dies. Helpline, bereavement counselling and facilitated self-help groups across the country.

Dying Matters.

Aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement.

Lullaby Trust.

Specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Supports those bereaved by suicide through helplin e, via email and self-help groups.


Leading childhood bereavement charity. Support for bereaved children, families and professionals.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar UK. www

Supports individuals with bipolar disorder, families and carers. Provides national self-help support groups,on line support and employment support.

Eating Disorders

ABC (Anorexia & Bulimia Care)

Provides ongoing care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders.


Supports anyone affected by eating disorders. Helplines for adults and young people, online support and peer support groups across the country.

Family, parenting and relationships

Family Action

Provides practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across England, including a focus on parental mental health.

Family Links.

Works to create an emotionally healthy, resilient and responsible society through training programmes. They train people to run parent groups in local communities and provide step by step guides for parents on their website.

Family Lives.

Provides help and support in all aspects of family life. Confidential helpline, and information on parenting.


Offer a range of services to help with couple and family relationships, including counselling and therapy focusing on relationship issues.