Helpful Places

Useful organisations, resources and articles on mental health, suicide prevention and suicide bereavement. I’m open to further suggestions, especially lesser-known individual blogs, and small/local organisations.

I’m also particularly interested in any writing which acknowledges friend or colleague bereavement, or isn’t overwhelmingly aimed at first-degree relatives or partners, as this is very difficult to find.

Services which offer crisis support are listed in bold. Please be aware that many of these organisations are based in the United Kingdom and many of their offline services will only be available to UK residents. Befrienders lists support organisations worldwide.

There is also lots of support and links to organisations and blogs worldwide on Twitter at the hashtag #suicideprevention.

Suicide Prevention and Research

Suicide Bereavement

Bereaved Children, Families and Young People

A note about bereavement counselling: Though it is often very beneficial, bereavement counselling isn’t a substitute for other types of therapy. Bereavement counsellors are trained and funded very specifically for bereavement support and may not be able to help you best if you bring in other problems. If you have interconnected problems – which many people hardest hit by bereavement do – you might like to consider other forms of counselling afterwards.

General Mental Health resources and blogs

  • A Day In The Life A year-long blogging project collecting the everyday experiences of people who experience mental health difficulties in England
  • The Black Dog Tribe Mental health social networking community run by the charity SANE
  • The Mental Elf Reliable mental health research, policy and guidance
  • Sectioned Blog by a prolific mental health campaigner, with links to many helpful mental health resources. Includes lots of helpful practical and legal information as well as lived experience
  • Mental Health Wise Another really useful hub run by an experienced journalist with lived experience of mental health, featuring articles, links and tips
  • Mental Health Point of View A first-person perspective on anxiety and depression. The website behind this widely-shared cartoon.
  • Hyperbole and a Half  Charming, funny and candid webcomic by Allie Brosh, about her childhood, family life, dogs and social awkwardness. Open about her depression and ADHD, she drew the widely-acclaimed Adventures in Depression following a depressive episode
  • Ellen’s OCD Blog UK teenager Ellen White’s blog about living with OCD. Winner in the blogging category at the 2014 Mind Media Awards 
  • Building Back Better Information about the World Health Organisation’s mental health care programmes in conflict zones around the world
  • LIFESigns Information and support on self-injury
  • WISH: A Voice for Women’s Mental Health Charity supporting women’s mental health needs in hospital, prison and the community
  • A Caring Mind Mental health channel which raises awareness of mental health carers and mental health
  • GroOops Counselling and psychotherapy service specialising in Specific Learning Differences (dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Aspergers Syndrome). North London-based. Charges are on a sliding scale according to income

Advice for the media

Mental Health support in the workplace 

Good Mental Health features and opinion pieces

Leading Mental Health charities and organisations

Mental Health support for UK ethnic minority groups 

Mental Health support for LGBT people