There's always someone to talk to
Mental health can seem complex, knowing where to turn for information can be daunting. The information below is for a variety of military and civilian services that can offer help, advice or signpost you to the most appropriate source of help. Speak to your mates, friends or family, talk to your boss or padre, chat to your unit welfare staff, medical officer or GP.
Who to Ask
Combat Stress 24-Hour Military Mental Health Helpline
Free, confidential helpline available to all serving military personnel and to families and friends that may have concerns.
Tel: 0800 323 4444 open 24/7
Text: 07537 404 719
Free confidential helpline and e-mail service providing support independent of the military chain of command.
Tel: 0800 731 4880 open 9:00 - 17:30 Monday - Friday
Army Welfare Service
Personal Support Staff provide accessible, independent, confidential and professional specialist welfare services to soldiers and their families with any personal or family difficulty.
Tel: 01904 882053 open Mon-Thurs 08:30-16:30, Fri 08:30-16:00
Confidential bullying, harassment and discrimination helpline.
Tel: (Civ) 0306 7704656 (Mil) 96770 4656
A support group of men and women, sharing experiences and providing a safe place to discuss issues relating to gambling.
Provides friendly, confidential drugs advice.
Website (inc. web chat): talktofrank.com
Tel: 0300 123 6600 open 24/7
A support group of men and women who share their experiences and strength with each other to help others to recover from alcoholism.
Tel: 0800 9177 650
Provides information and resources on Budgeting, Debt, Savings, Planning and Financial Protection specifically for UK Service Personnel and their families.
Free and confidential debt advice service.
Website (inc. web chat): nationaldebtline.org/
Tel: 0808 808 4000 open 9:00 - 20:00 Monday - Friday and9:30 - 13:00 on Saturday
Men’s Advice Line
Free and confidential support to help you move past the impact of crime.
Tel: 0808 1689 111 (free) open 24/7
Helpline for Men in the UK who are down or who have hit the wall for any reason and need to talk or find information and support.
Website: thecalmzone.net web chat 17:00-Midnight
Tel: 0800 58 58 58 17:00-Midnight, 365 days a year
Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Provides expert emotional support and specialist information for you if you are concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health.
Website (inc. anonymous support forum): sane.org.uk
Tel: 0300 304 7000 open 4:30 - 22:30 7 days per week.
Provides a range of self-help tools designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them.
A free, private and confidential service for up to 19 year olds.
Tel: 0800 1111