Useful telephone numbers and links

0845 300 80 90

24-hour abortion information service run by Marie Stopes International clinics.

0800 00 99 66

Information and advice on a broad rance of topics affecting older people

0845 769 7555

For those who think their drinking is becoming a problem, Alcoholics Anonymous offers the chance to talk to someone who know the issues through personal experience.

08457 01 02 03

Asthma nurse specialists provide independent, confidential advice and support to people living with asthma, their families, friends and carers and to health professionals.

0845 070 4004

The National Autistic Society Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support for people with autism spectrum disorders, their families, professionals, researchers and students.

0845 130 2704

Speak to someone at this registered charity who has experienced back pain. The helpline provides support and information and explains your options

0845 634 1414

Confidential helpline offering support and advice for anyone affected by an eating disorder.

01582 412220

Advice and support for transgender, transvestite , transsexual and crossdressing people to reduce emotional stress and increase understanding.

0808 800 6000

Nurses and trained workers with personal or professional experience of breast cancer offer information and support on any aspect of breast cancer or breast health.

0800 0185 023

Free and confidential sexual health advice and services for under-25s

0800 1111

Support, information and advice for children on any topic they want to talk about - bullying, gangs, puberty, sexual abuse, alcohol, drugs, or anything else that worries them.

0800 567 123

Free and confidential sexual health information and advice.

0808 808 3555

Information on specific conditions and rare disorders for families with disabled children.

0844 477 9400

Help and support for people who are bereaved. Also offers a special line for young people on 0808 808 1677.

0808 2000 247

National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline for those who require an urgent response or need in-depth support. The helpline is run by Women's Aid and Refuge.

0800 917 8282

Information and self-help materials, help to callers worried about their own drinking, support for family and friends of people who are drinking, and advice on where to go for help.

0845 122 8690

For information and advice on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion, or planning a pregnancy

0800 77 66 00

Call for confidential and friendly advice about drugs from professional advisers who will give you straight up, unbiased information.

08450 70 80 70

British Heart Foundation's cardiac nurses and information officers provide information to help support any medical advice you have already had from your GP or consultant.

0808 808 1111

An advice and information service from Mencap for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

0808 808 2020

Information and advice for anyone with concerns about living with cancer. Also offers a textphone service on 0808 808 0121.

0808 800 3344

Trained staff and qualified nurses offer information on meningitis and septicaemia to anyone concerned about or affected by these infections.

0845 766 0163

Mind's helpline gives confidential advice and help for people with mental health problems

0845 456 0455

Helpline services offering practical and emotional support to those experiencing severe mental illness, their carers and relatives.

0808 800 4444

Free housing advice from the homelessness and housing charity.

0845 303 3100

Advice from the Stroke Association, which helps stroke patients and their families through its support services and funds research into prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

0845 608 4455

For concerns about healthcare in general, this national charity provides patients with a way to raise issues and share experiences as it works to improve the care we all receive.

08457 90 90 90

Confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who feel distressed, despairing or suicidal.

0845 1221 200

Information, support and advice from the Terrence Higgins Trust on all aspects of HIV and sexual health