Mental health problems affect one in four of us every year. 

125 lives are lost every week to suicide. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. There are a number of organisations providing vital mental health support training and resources. 

On World Mental Health Day, we take a look at some of these.




CALM are the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and they aim to unite the UK against suicide. 

CALM stands together with everyone who’s struggling with life, no matter who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through. And they do it through their life-saving services, national campaigns, and by building communities.

From advice on their website about issues you might be facing; through to free, confidential chats with our helpline staff, online or on the phone, they are there for anyone who’s struggling, all year around. 

How to access support from CALM

Their helpline and webchat are open 365 days a year, offering practical suggestions for all of life’s problems – whether that’s anxiety, relationship concerns, health worries, money worries or suicidal thoughts.

Call the CALM helpline 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year

0800 58 58 58

Access their Web Chat via the website.

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As part of their campaign to improve mental health services, raise awareness, and promote understanding, Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone with mental health issues.

When you’re experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change your life. 

They empower people to understand their condition and the choices available to them through the following:

  • The Infoline, which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call.
  • The Legal Line, which provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.
  • Their award-winning information, certified by the PIF Tick.
How to access support from Mind

Take a look at their Information and Support section for more.

There’s a network of around 125 local Minds across England and Wales that offer specialised support and care based on the needs of the communities they support.

If you need urgent help, you can access it here. 

Call Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393



They are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

They aim to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

In the UK today, an estimated five children in every classroom have a mental health problem. A quarter of 17-year-old girls have self-harmed in the last year while suicide remains the single biggest killer of boys and young men.

Young Minds provide young people with tools to look after their mental health and they give young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard and change the world we live in.

Young Minds can provide vital support services for members of junior football teams. If you have junior football teams in your club, why not share this information with parents?

How to access support from Young Minds

If you are a parent of a young person needing support, you can get it here.

If you are a young person needing support, you can get it here.




Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help. They are there, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, they’re taking action to prevent the crisis. They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others and they offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need.

How to access support from Samaritans

You can access urgent support from the Samaritans for free, 24hrs a day:

Support line: 113 126

You can receive support in a variety of other ways, see here for information.




NHS urgent mental health helplines are for people of all ages in England.

You can call for:

  • 24-hour advice and support for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for
  • help speaking to a mental health professional
  • an assessment to find the right care for you

Access your local helpline here

Mental health support by text message

You can text “SHOUT” to 85258 for free from all major UK mobile networks. You’ll then be connected to a volunteer for an anonymous conversation by text message.


There is always someone to talk to at Gift of Kit.

Gift of Kit is here to support grassroots sport and the amazing people within it. There will always be someone in the Gift of Kit team who will listen to you and direct you to qualified mental health support. 

Please feel free to message us via instagram or twitter, or email us helpdesk@gift-of-kit.laingmedia  

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