Useful organisational links
Alcoholics Anonymous UK
Alcoholics Anonymous is a self-help network that offers support to men and women who want to stop drinking alcohol. The site includes details of different ways Alcoholics Anonymous can help people with a drink problem.
Asylum is a quarterly magazine that grew out of the radical democratic movement within and against psychiatry. The magazine’s articles are written by people with experience of mental distress and allied health professionals. Asylum includes the newsletter of ‘Psychology, Politics, Resistance.’
This organisation (formerly the Eating Disorders Association) offers information and support to people experiencing problems with food such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.
The Beaumont Society
The organisation provides information and support to the transgender, transvestite , transsexual and cross dressing community. Another aim is to improve the public’s understanding, tolerance and acceptance of the conditions of transgender, transvestism and gender dysphoria. The site includes information for family members; details of membership; and a list of planned events.
Bipolar UK is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives. They support and develop self-help opportunities, provide information, influence services, and tackle discrimination.Black Women’s Health
Black Women’s Health
This is an American site that aims to address the physical, mental and spiritual health of African American women. The site includes a section on spiritual and mental health.
Bristol Crisis Service for Women (BCSW)
BCSW supports women in emotional distress, particularly those who harm themselves.
British Institute of Human Rights
BIHR is an independent human rights charity that is committed to challenging inequality and social justice in everyday life in the UK. Its mission is to bring human rights to life – supporting and empowering people and organisations to use human rights to improve their own lives and the lives of others.
The Counselling Directory is a free, confidential service that allows people to find a qualified and registered counsellor local to them and appropriate for their needs.
Care Quality Comission
This organisation is an independent body that aims to improve the quality of health services. It was formerly known as the Healthcare Commission and includes the work of the former Mental Health Act Commission. The Care Quality Commission inspects the NHS and other health organisations and assesses the quality of their work. The site offers information about the role of the Commission; reports that can be downloaded; and details of how people can get involved in the Commission’s consultations.
The Department of Health (DH)
The DH website includes draft health documents for consultation; responses to past consultations; the government’s latest health reports, policies and strategies (which can be downloaded); and guidance on how patients and the public can become more involved in health services.
The organisation provides information, support and understanding to people affected by depression. The site includes details of publications; the Alliance’s pen friend scheme; available training; self-helps groups linked to the Alliance and research the organisation has been involved in.
Depression UK is a national self help organisation with several hundred members who either suffer from depression or have suffered from it in the past, or who care about such people. Their anonymity is strictly preserved. It was formerly known as ‘The Fellowship of Depressives Anonymous’ (FDA).
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission exists to promote equality and human rights, by providing advice and guidance, working to implement an effective legislative framework and raising awareness of rights. It has a helpline to give information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues.
The Expert Patients Programme
The Expert Patients Programme provides free self-management courses for people living with any long-term health condition. Designed to provide tools and techniques to help people manage their condition better, the courses are aimed at a wide range of people, reflecting diversity in terms of different health conditions, age groups, geographical locations and ethnicity.
The Fawcett Society
This organisation has a vision of a society in which women and men are equal partners. With this in mind the Fawcett Society campaigns for changes in policies, structures, cultures and processes that will lead to real improvements in women’s lives.
The Gender Trust
This UK charity supports adults who are transsexual, gender dysphoric or transgender. The Trust also offers information and support to families, partners and friends whose lives are affected. Another role of the Trust is to advise professional people who deal with issues of gender identity in the course of their work. The site includes information on ‘The Gender Recognition Act’; details of future events; and membership pages.
The Griffins Society
The Griffins Society is an independent charity working for the care and resettlement of women offenders in prison and in the community. It researches and promotes effective practice in working with women who are in prison or subject to criminal justice interventions in the community.
Hearing Voices Network
This organisation offers support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (8 March) is a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women. This site gives information about the origins of the Day and lists events taking place across the word in recognition of women’s achievements.
Liberty is a UK based organisation that campaigns to protect and promote civil liberties and human rights. The organisation lobbies Parliament; challenges unjust laws; takes up test cases; conducts research; publishes reports; and provides advice and guidance. The site includes details of events; a guide to human rights and civil liberties; information on how people can get involved; and past press releases.
Local Involvement Networks (LINks)
Local Involvement Networks (LINks) are made up of individuals and community groups, such as faith groups and residents’ associations, working together to improve health and social care services. LINks replaced the former Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Forums.
London Friend Helpline
London Friend is a voluntary organisation that has been serving the lesbian, gay and bisexual community for over 30 years. It exists to promote, support and campaign for the social and emotional well-being, physical and sexual health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and those who are unsure of their sexuality. London Friend offers counselling and support services which set out to explore issues of same sex- relationships, sexual identity and promote personal growth and self confidence. The organisation also provides a safe space as an alternative place to meet and socialise.
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
The switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.
Mad Pride is committed to ending discrimination against psychiatric patients, promoting survivor equality and celebrating Mad culture. The group sees itself as part of the civil rights movement.
Mental Health Alliance
The Mental Health Alliance is a coalition of user groups; voluntary sector organisations; health and social care professionals; lawyers; research bodies and carers’ associations. The Alliance works together to secure a better mental health legislation. This website explains the reasons behind the campaign, and what people can do to help. It also includes information about the Mental Health Act.
The Mental Health Foundation
This organisation aims to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. Information on the site includes how to get help for mental health problems; how to complain about NHS treatment; recent news articles about mental health; and fact sheets on issues that can affect mental health.
Mental Health Primary Care in Prison
This site aims to help doctors and nurses who work in prisons to provide better mental health care for their patients. It covers a range of issues relating to the mental health of prisoners, including sections on mothers; women who have experienced domestic violence; self harm; responding to people abused as children; Black and minority ethnic prisoners; and ethical issues. The site also lists resources for both patients and health professionals.
Mind is a national charity that challenges discrimination against people with experience of mental distress. Mind’s work includes influencing policy, promoting inclusion, campaigning and education. Mindlink (Mind’s network of mental health service survivors) has a page on the site.
Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice Mental Health Unit advises Government Ministers on the development of polices for treating people who are labelled as ‘mentally disordered offenders’.
National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)
The NPSA is a Special Health Authority that was set up so lessons could be learnt from incidents affecting the safety of patients in the NHS. The Patient and Public Reporting site gives people the opportunity to tell the NPSA their personal experiences of using the NHS. The information that is received from patients is used to make health services safer.
National Self Harm Network
The National Self-Harm Network is UK based survivor-led organisation. The Network campaigns for the rights and understanding of people who self-harm.
National Survivor User Network (NSUN)
NSUS is working to create a network which will engage and support the wide diversity of mental health service users and survivors across England in order to strengthen the user voice. It links user groups and facilitates access to service users by policy makers.
Newham Asian Women’s Project (NAWP)
NAWP provides advice and support for Asian women and children experiencing domestic violence. Services offered include emergency accommodation, a refuge, a second stage hostel, a resource centre, legal advice, training, mental health support, counseling, support groups and a self-harm project.
Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS)
Each Primary Care Trust and Mental Health Trust in England has a PALS service. The role of PALS is to provide patients with information about NHS services. PALS can help people to resolve problems or difficulties they might be experiencing in relation to NHS services. PALS officers can also advise patients about how to lodge complaints and can support them through the process. PALS provide a free and confidential service.
To contact your local PALS
- Phone your local clinic, GP surgery, health centre or hospital and ask for details of the PALS
- Phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47
The organisation is run by people with learning difficulties for people with learning difficulties. The site includes information about the work and philosophy of the organisation; details on membership; and publications.
Positively UK is a national peer-led charity that provides a range of practical and emotional support services for people who are living with HIV. Positively UK co-ordinates PozFem-UK, a national network of women living with HIV, which aims to be the national voice of women, influencing decisions, services and policy.
The Prison Reform Trust
This organisation wants to see a just, humane and effective prison system. The Trust’s work includes inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff, and the public; and lobbying the government for reforms. The site includes information about prisons and imprisonment; current projects; and a list of publications. Mental health and prisoner involvement in decision-making are also covered. The Trust has recently published a report about the mental health needs of women prisoners.
Time to Change
Time to Change is a partnership of organisations that has come together to combat the stigma and discrimination that exists around mental health. Mental Health Media, now part of Mind, works within the partnership.
This site provides basic information to help survivors of rape and sexual assault (and their friends and family) to access the services they need.
This website includes information and advice on a wide range of subjects relating to mental health and recovery. There are pages on campaigns, events and the different services Rethink offers.
Rights of Women
Rights of Women is a voluntary organisation committed to informing, educating and empowering women concerning their legal rights. The organisation runs an advice line through which it offers free confidential legal advice to women. The site includes details of other services offered such as training on issues concerning women’s rights; guidance for policy makers; publications; and research.
The Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Support is available by email, phone, letter or face-to-face.
Southall Black Sisters (SBS)
This organisation was set up to meet the needs of Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women. SBS challenges violence against women and campaigns for support services to enable women and children to escape violent relationships. The organisation also runs its own resource centre for women experiencing violence and abuse. The site includes details of what to do in an emergency; details of the type of support the Centre can offer; and information about research, events and publications.
Together work alongside people with mental health issues on their journey towards greater wellbeing. They provide care and support to manage mental distress. There are over 75 services throughout England.
The United Kingdom Advocacy Network (UKAN) links mental health user groups with each other. The common aim of the groups is the promotion of advocacy to empower people who use mental health services.
Violence against women and girls – resources
This page provides links to support services for women and girls who experience violence, as well as the End Violence Against Women campaigning coalition.
Women’s Aid provides practical and emotional support to women and children experiencing domestic violence. The website includes what to do if you or a friend need help; information about policy research and campaigns relating to domestic violence; details of the services Women’s Aid offers; and background information about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence.
Women In Prison
Women in Prison is a UK organisation set up by an ex-prisoner, to provide welfare and education to women in prison. The organisation campaigns to raise awareness of issues affecting women in prison and to reduce the number of women being sent to prison.
The Yellow Card Scheme
The Scheme’s website enables people to report the side effects of medication they are taking. Information is also available about adverse drug reactions that other people have reported. The site is run by the Medicines and Health Care products Regulatory Agency (MHCRA) which assesses the safety of medicines.
The Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust is an independent charity that campaigns for the prevention of male violence against women and children. The Trust works with a range of agencies to lobby governments, commission research and develop training programmes.