Signposts to Support

It’s great to start the conversation about mental health and we hope that these materials and ideas help you get people talking.

Sometimes this can mean that people currently experiencing mental health problems will need some support as sensitive conversations may bring up difficult things.There are lots of places you can go to or direct people for help.

Change Your Mind is focusing on changing how we all think and act about mental health. We're not able to provide individual or emergency support for people in crisis, but there are lots of people who can. They are listed here:


Telephone: 0808 808 8000

Deaf and hard of hearing, textphone number: 18001 0808 808 8000


Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair.  Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland.


Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Carers NI

Telephone: 028 9043 9843



Give expert advice, information and support.  They connect carers so no-one has to care alone.  They campaign together for lasting change and innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers.

Addiction NI

Telephone: 028 9066 4434



It provides treatment and support for people who are dependent on alcohol or drugs. They provide tailor-made treatment programmes for people with drug or alcohol problems, delivered in community settings.

Rainbow Project

Telephone: 028 9031 9030


Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and their families in Northern Ireland.

We also have further help and support information on our website, including our innovative search tool to help find the wellbeing support in your community. Click here, for more information.