This website focuses on how media advice giving works. If you’ve come here looking to get help for yourself, the following resources may be useful.

If you know of any organisations that not mentioned here, please email me at info@drpetra.co.uk so I can add them to this list. International organisations, and non-UK charities and resources in multiple languages particularly welcome.

SupportLine has a detailed directory of problems, advice lines, resources and help information, as does UK Charity Choice. Both are worth searching as well as the list below.

Most of the resources on this list are UK based but links to support services/advice in other countries are also welcome. If you are looking for international resources Hesperian has created this detailed list of global help resources.

A
Abuse and Domestic Violence

Refuge
Women’s Aid
Men’s Advice Line
Mankind
Splitz
Broken Rainbow (advice for LGBT survivors)
Galop (support for LGBT on hate crime,harassment, domestic/sexual violence)
Rape Crisis
Survivors
Self Care After Rape (survivor run service)
Pet Retreat (for those who need someone to care for their animals when fleeing domestic violence)
Respect (for domestic violence perpetrators)
Ducky Doolittle’s resources for abuse survivors
Jewish Women’s Aid
Migdal Emunah (for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families)
Panahghar (aka Safehouse)
Do what you both want
NAPAC (for those abused in childhood)
Child Protection Resource
Mosac (for non abusing parents and carers of sexually abused children)
Parenting a child who has experienced abuse or neglect
DV and abuse signs and resources
Karma Nirvana (forced marriage)
This is abuse
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (US)
Mending the Sacred Hoop (US)
National Domestic Violence Hotline (US)
Confide (Sex Worker Community Support)

Ageing
Age UK
Independent Age
Council of Aboriginal Elders of South Australia
Opening Doors London (for LGBT seniors)
Magic Me
Contact the Elderly

Autism
National Autistic Society
Ambitious About Autism
Life on the spectrum

B
Bereavement

CRUSE Bereavement Care
Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)
Babyloss
Pregnancy After Loss
Still Standing Magazine (child loss and infertility)
Aching Arms
Now I lay me down to sleep
Lullaby Trust
Miscarriage Association
Towards Tomorrow Together
Something Precious (premature baby burial gowns)
Balloons
The M.I.S.S Foundation
Childhood Bereavement Network
Child Bereavement Charity
Winston’s Wish
You Raise Me Up (for those who’ve lost a young adult)
SLOW (peer support group for parents who’ve lost a child)
Rosie Crane Trust (support for bereaved parents)
The Compassionate Friends (support for bereaved families after a child dies)
Widow.uk
The WAY Foundation (Widowed and Young)
Dying Matters
Plan If
Hope After Loss
Grief Journey
What to expect when someone important to you is dying

Bullying
Anti Bullying Network
Anti Bullying Alliance
Bullying UK

BDSM
Informed Consent
Clarisse Thorn Resources

C
Carers

Carers UK
Young Carers
Care and Support Alliance

Coastal Communities
Coastal Communities Fund
Fishermen’s Mission

Childless/Childfree
Nonparents

D
Disability

Outsiders
Scope
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Family Fund (grants for low income families raising children with disabilities or who are severely ill)
Banardos (resources for children with disabilities and their families)
Dimensions (support for people with autism and learning difficulties and their families)
Enhance the UK
Gig Buddies
Disability Law Service

Divorce, Separation and Mediation
Separated Families
Direct Gov resources on divorce, separation and relationship breakdown
National Family Mediation
Action for Children
Families Need Fathers
A Kids Space
The Parent Connection (parenting after parting)
Shelter resources for relationship breakdown
Directgov resources on marriage, civil partnership and divorce
Surviving Separation
Kids in the middle
LIP Service Toolkit (for families using the court system, UK)
Breaking up – living together

Drug /Alcohol advice
Alcoholics Anonymous (If considering using AA may also want to consult this first)
Al-Anon (for families affected by a person’s drinking)
Turning Point
Frank
Club Drug Clinic
Club Soda (drinking advice)

F
First Aid

St John Ambulance
First Aid – NHS Choices
British Red Cross
Millies Trust
St Andrews First Aid
First Aid Africa

G
Gender and Sex

Beaumont Society
The Angels
Spectrum London
Trans Centre
TransLondon
The Gender Trust
Press For Change
Gendered Intelligence

H
Health

NHS Direct
NHS Choices
Healthtalkonline
Patient.co.uk
Jewish Care Direct (also provides advice on numerous other social issues)
Best Health (evidence on health conditions/treatments from the BMJ)
Hearts In Healthcare
Hello My Name Is
Persist Health Project (for sex workers) US
Health Services for Sex Workers UK

Housing and Homelessness
Shelter
Citizens Advice (Housing)
Albert Kennedy Trust (for LGBT Youth)
Outpost Housing (LGBT)
FirstStop (Housing advice for older people and their families)

L
Learning disabilities
Mencap
Down’s Syndrome Association
Brandon Trust
British Institute of Learning Disabilities
HFT
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Legal, financial, benefits and rights
Poor as folk
Citizens Advice
Advice Now
National Debtline
Money Advice Service
Turn2Us
Trussell Trust
Quaker Social Action

Looked after children
Who Cares Trust
Own Two Feet blog

Loneliness
NotAlone365
JRF Loneliness Resource Pack

M
Mental Health

Mental Health SOS Guide (Rethink)
Mind
SANE
Mental Health Foundation
Rethink Mental Illness
Anxiety UK
Metro Centre (LGBT)
PACE Health (LGBT)
Asylum Magazine
Radical Psychology Network
Hearing Voices Network
Psychology, politics, resistance archive
Time To Change
Anawim Mental Health Project
Majlis (Asian Men’s Self Help Group)
Living Life To The Full
Depression Alliance
Campaign Against Living Miserably
Big White Wall (self care network)
Turning Point
Australian Psychological Society resources on Mental Health
Doc Ready (help for young people to prepare to talk to their doctor about mental health)
SectionedUK blog
BipolarUK
OCDUK
OCD Action
The Hot Stove Project
Emergence (Personality Disorders)
Mental Health First Aid UK
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid USA
International Mental Health First Aid listings

P
Pregnancy and birth

NHS Your Pregnancy and Baby
National Childbirth Trust
Electivecesarean.com
Pregnancy Sickness Support
Birth Trauma Association
The Early Birth Association
The Smallest Things (preemies)
Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

Parenting
Family Lives
Homestart
Gingerbread (support for single parents)
Only Mums (support for single parents)
Only Dads (support for single parents)
RCPSYCH Postnatal Depression
MumsAid
Perinatal Response and Management Service (PRAMS, Wales, for mental health and early parenthood)
Pandas (PND)
Association for Postnatal Illness
Post Natal Illness
Postpartum Progress
Fathers Reaching Out (PND Support for fathers)
How is dad going?
Men Care
Cry-sis (for parents with babies who cry, don’t sleep or are demanding)
Twins and Multiple Births Association
Family Rights Group
Proud Professional Parents (LGBT)
Young Parent Associates
Grandparents Plus

Prisons, immigration detention, and special hospitals
Action for Prisoners’ Families
Working with children with a parent in prison (Banardos)
Inside Time
Prison Chat
Staying in touch with someone in prison (UK Gov)
Offenders’ families helpline
Prisoners’ families and friends service
Storybook dads and mums
Partners of Prisoners
Prison Reform Trust
AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)
The Clink Charity
Inquest (for those bereaved by a death in custody)

Recovery
The Recovery Letters
Write to Recovery
St Mungo’s Broadway Recovery College
Southern Health NHS Recovery College
Sussex Recovery College
Slam Recovery College
Recovery College East
Central and North West London Recovery College
South West London Recovery College
Severn and Wye Recovery College
Recovery College Mersey Care
Mid Essex Recovery Hub and College
Sandwell Recovery College
Options Recovery College North Lincolnshire
Bristol Mental Health Recovery College
Nottingham Recovery College

R
Relationship Support

Cohabitation advice
Couple Connection
CORST
Poly relationships
Polyamory

S
Self Care 
Kissing it Better
The Reading Agency (‘books on prescription’ for low mood, mental health and dementia)
MoodJuice

Sexual and Reproductive Health
Terrence Higgins Trust
NPL (HIV advice and support for BME communities)
National AIDS Trust
National AIDS Map
BASSH Patient
Herpes Association
Sex,worth talking about (NHS)
Family Planning Association
Emergency Contraception
Abortion
NHS Contraception Advice
Men’s Sexual Health
Trans* Women Sexual Health
Trans* Men Sexual Health
London Sexual Health Programme
CHAPS
Directory covering various sex and relationships issues
Ask a sexual advocate
Verity (PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome support)

Sexual Problems
Sexual Advice Association
Vulval Pain Association

Sexualities
The Lesbian and Gay Foundation
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
London Friend (LGBT health and wellbeing)
Gingerbeer (The Lesbian Guide)
Psychology of Sexualities Section (BPS)
Treatments Homosexuality
BiUK
Bisexual Index
BiCommunityNews
Aven (asexuality)
The Queer Relationships Project
Sexuality and Social Justice Toolkit

Suicide and Self Harm
Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide
Samaritans
National Self Harm Network
PAPYRUS UK (prevention of young suicide)
International Suicide Prevention Wiki
Bus web board (self harm)

Survivor Support
Band Back Together

T
Therapy

London Sex and Relationships Therapy
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Rainbow Couch
Pink Practice

W
Worldwide Resources

Links to self help directories for different countries
Brisbane My Community Directory
Canadian Mental Health Association (Prince Edward Island) Directory of Self Help and Community Resources
Mental Health Guide for First Nation, Metis and Inuit People
New Zealand Psychological Society’s self help directory
New Zealand Self Management Health Programmes Directory

Y
Young People

Scarleteen
BishUK (sex advice for teens)
Brook
The Site
Childline
Mermaids (support for teens and children with gender identity issues)
BGIOK (advice on sexuality for the under 25s)
Get Connected
EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia)
UK Youth (general support resource for young people)
Young Minds (mental health support for children and adolescents, families and professionals)
Straight Talking (peer to peer education on early parenthood)
YoSoy Sex information for Latino/a youth US site in English and Spanish
Dear Teen Me