Helplines / Useful Links

General advice

Samaritans: 08457 909090
Confidential help for anyone who is experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Citizens Advice Bureau 0844 499 4105
Provides free advice on a variety of topics.

Get Connected: 0808 808 4994
Free helpline finding young people the best help, whatever the problem.

Shelter: 0808 800 4444
Works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.


DrugScope: 020 7520 7550
Research library on drugs. Provides details on local drug agencies.

Talk to Frank: 0800 776600
Free, confidential advice and information about drugs and solvents.

Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 999 1212
A support group for recovering addicts meeting regularly to help each other stay clean.

BAT (Bournemouth Assessment Team): 01202 209 463
Help and support for substance misuse.


Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 7555
International fellowship of recovering alcoholics with meetings and local groups nationwide.

Drinkline: 0800 917 8282
National helpline providing counselling, support advice and information.

Benefits and money

Turn2us: 0808 802 2000
Free and confidential helpline providing advice on benefits, grants and managing money.

The Consumer Credit Counselling Service: 0800 138 1111
Free confidential advice for people worried about debt.

Mental Health

Rethink: 0845 456 0455
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Depression Alliance: 0845 123 2320
Self help organisation run by and for people experiencing depression. provides advice on a variety of issues including benefits, sexual health & relationships, money, work and careers.
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