Table 2

Mental health support available in the UK

Mental health supportAccess
NHS psychological therapiesEveryone in England, aged 18 years or over, and registered with a GP, can access NHS psychological therapies services via IAPT (
Referral is by patients themselves or by their GP.
IAPT services offer a range of talking therapies and guided self-help.
Local NHS mental health telephone helplineThe NHS operates urgent mental health helplines throughout England. They offer 24-hour advice and support for people of all ages. Local helpline telephone numbers can be found on
National NHS mental health telephone adviceNHS 111 can be accessed for urgent for mental health support if local NHS urgent mental health helplines are not available. Telephone number 111 or
SamaritansIn the UK, Samaritans operate a confidential telephone helpline, providing emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (free telephone number 116 123).
  • GP, general practitioner; IAPT, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies; NHS, National Health Service.