If you are worried about yourself or a loved one below are a list of resources and helplines you may find useful. We do our best to make sure this information is kept up-to-date and correct. However, The Fawcett Society does not run any of these services and therefore cannot make guarantees about the accuracy, quality or availability of support. 

Mental health


Helpline: 0300 123 3393 (local charges apply, 9 am-6 pm, Monday to Friday)


Helpline: 116 123 (free, 24 hours every day)


Helpline: 0300 304 7000 (free, 4.30 pm - 10.30 pm, every day)

Beat Eating Disorders

Helpline: 0808 801 0677 (free, 9am - 8pm Monday to Friday, 4pm - 8pm on weekends and bank holidays)

Help for Frontline workers

Mental health resources and advice for frontline workers during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here

Support for people of colour

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) have tried to collate a list of free mental health services for people of colour across the UK which can be found here. They also have a useful online directory for those looking for private therapy. 

Black Minds Matter UK is working to connect Black individuals with 12 sessions of free therapy with a Black counselor. Due to demand their 2020 waiting list is currently closed.

Pregnancy loss support 

Antenatal results and choices (ARC) helpline: Call 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile. (Monday - Friday, 10am - 5.30pm).

Supporting young people with their mental health

Future Learn have a free course on managing adolescent and young people's mental health here.

Young Minds run a helpline for parents who are worried about their child's mental health. Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (free, 9:30am - 4pm, Monday to Friday). 

Domestic abuse and sexual violence

If you are experiencing abuse and are in immediate danger, please call 999.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (free, 24 hours every day)

Rape Crisis

Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (Freephone, open 12 pm-2.30 pm and 7 pm-9.30 pm every day)

Southall Black Sisters 

Support for black (Asian and African-Caribbean) and minority ethnic women suffering from abuse and violence
Helpline: 0208 571 0800 (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Surviving Economic Abuse

Resources and advice can be found here

Legal and rights


Help & advice for employers and employees.
Helpline: 0300 123 1100 (local charges apply, open 9.30 am - 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday)

Maternity Action

Advice on pregnancy discrimination and maternity benefits.

0808 802 0057 (London)
0808 802 0029 (National except London)

Citizen’s Advice

03444 111 444 (England Only, local charges apply)
03444 77 20 20 (Wales, local charges apply)

Rights of Women

Advice on family, criminal and immigration and asylum law and sexual harassment at work.
Family Law: 020 7251 6577 (local charges apply, 7 pm - 9 pm, Tuesday to Thursday, 12 pm - 2 pm Friday)
Criminal Law: 020 7251 8887 (7pm - 9pm, Tuesday only)
Immigration and Asylum Law: 020 7490 7689 (local charges apply, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Sexual harassment at work: 020 7490 0152 (local charges apply, 3pm – 5pm and 6 – 8pm, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

Equality Advisory Support Service

The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.
Helplines:0808 800 0082 (Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm)


Middle Eastern and Afghan women’s rights and protection
07846 275246 (Kurdish / Arabic / English)
07846 310157 (Farsi / Dari / English)


Immigration and basic employment advice for migrant domestic workers
Helpline: 020 7243 2942 (Free)

Muslim Women’s Network

Helpline: 0800 999 5786 (Free, open 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday)

Women for Refugee Women

Provides support for women seeking asylum in the UK.
Email: [email protected]


Supports Central and East European migrants’ rights.  Helpline is in both Polish and English.
Helpline: 07484 52 4190 (free, open 9.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday)


Provides expert advice, practical support and campaigns for single parents.
Helpline: 0808 802 0925 (free, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm Monday, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm Wednesday)

Abortion Support

Abortion Support Network

Support for Irish/Northern Irish Women the helpline is staffed by volunteers and we may not be able to answer when you call. Please leave a message with your phone number and what country you are calling from and they will return your call within two days.


07897 611593 (From Northern Ireland, mobile charges apply)
01 52 77 370 (From Ireland, calls only no texts, local charges apply)
07897 611593 (From Isle of Man, mobile charges apply)


If you are concerned a girl is in immediate danger of undergoing FGM, call the police on 999. You should contact the Foreign Commonwealth Office if she has already been taken abroad on 020 7008 1500.

NSPCC FGM helpline

A free helpline for anyone who thinks they may be at risk of FGM, or know a child who might be.

Helpline: 0800 028 3550 (free, 24 hours every day)

Daughters of Eve

Text Contact Number: 07983030488 (text only, mobile charges apply)

Hate crimes and religious attacks


Supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents.

0800 456 1226
0115 707 0007 (SMS)
0734 184 6086 (WhatsApp)

Homelessness and housing


Visit the Crisis website to find the number for your local area.


Provides advice on housing.
Helplines: 0808 800 4444 (free, open 8 am – 8 pm on weekdays and 8 am – 5 pm on weekends)

Drugs and alcohol


Support and advice for people who are experiencing problems related to their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use or who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Service finder: https://www.addaction.org.uk/services

Talk to Frank

Helpline: 0300 123 6600 or text 82111 (local charges apply, 24 hours every day)

Care leavers

Catch 22

Contact Catch 22 to find out more about their care leavers services here. 
Find support services in your area here.

Coram Voice

Provides advice on services available to care leavers.
Helpline: 0808 800 5792 (open from 9.30 am - 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday)
Email: [email protected]


Provides advice on housing for care leavers.
Visit Shelter's directory for local advice services here.
Helpline: 0808 800 4444 (free, open 8 am – 8 pm on weekdays and 8 am – 5 pm on weekends)

Child abuse

If you are a child or young person:


Helpline: 0800 1111
You can also speak to Childline using Sign Language, and can visit their message boards here.

If you are worried about a child or young person:


If you think a child is in immediate danger, call: 0808 800 5000, or call the police on 999.
Find out more about reporting abuse here.

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