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Helpline support

Switchboard
0300 330 0630

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (LLGS)
Welcome to Switchboard, a place for calm words when you need them most. We’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. We understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone.
0300 330 0630 | 10am-11pm every day
LLGS PO Box 7324, London N1 9QS

Instant Messaging Service (Chat) | MindOut

Instant Messaging Service (Chat) | MindOut (Brighton)
The chat service is national while its other services are for people living in the Brighton area.

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans, and queer people. Its online support service is an instant message service that is confidential, non-judgemental and anonymous. We are open every day including weekends and evenings. The service is run by trained online support workers and mental health advocates who are ready to provide emotional support, information or signpost you in the right direction. You can chat to us about whatever is on your mind, and we will always try and help in whatever way we can.

MindOut, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG | 01273 234839

Samaritans
116 123

 Samaritans | Samaritans
Local Drop-In Branches | Samaritans
You can talk to them any time you like, in your own way, and off the record, about whatever is getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Every six seconds, somebody contacts them. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year around the clock. They keep everything confidential and they are not a religious organisation.

LGBT Foundation
0300 330 0630

LGBT Foundation
We all need information and support from a friend in the know and LGBT Foundation's Helpline Service provides thousands of hours of advice and support to thousands of people every year.
0300 330 0630 | 10am-10pm every day
LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Albert Kennedy Trust
020 7831 6562 | 020 7405 6929

  Albert Kennedy Trust
Supports up to the age of 25, who are (or think you might be) lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex, homeless, sofa-surfing or living in crisis and/ or living in a violent , hostile or abusive home.
London: 020 7831 6562 | 020 7405 6929 | contact@akt.org.uk
Manchester:  0161 228 3308 | contact@akt.org.uk
5 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JD
Newcastle: 0191 281 0099 | contact@akt.org.uk
1 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2AA

Childline
0800 1111

ChildLine
Private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. Call them free, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email. Go to their website for more.
0800 1111 | Always open

ReThink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927

Rethink Mental Illness
We provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. When mental illness first hits you or your family, it can be hard to know who or what to trust. We give people clear, relevant information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights. We were the first mental health charity to gain the Information Standard for our trusted and relevant information.

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