Mental health information and contacts

Find local and national organisations that offer mental health and wellbeing advice.

If you're experiencing a mental health emergency please see support in a crisis.


24 hours per day tel: 116 123
Samaritans (opens in a new window)

Mind infoline

Tel: 0300 123 3393 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday
Mind (opens in a new window)

Mind Legal Line

Tel: 0300 466 6463 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Legal information and general advice on mental health related law.
Mind (opens in a new window)


Tel: 0845 767 8000 between 6pm and 11pm
Sane (opens in a new window)

Rethink mental illness advice line

Tel: 0300 5000 927 between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday
Rethink (opens in a new window)


Tel: 0800 1111 24 hours a day
ChildLine (opens in a new window)

Bright Side adult education courses

We've developed Bright Side, an adult education course which helps people improve their mental health and wellbeing through learning.

For more information, or to book on the course, email: or tel: 01629 536569.

Eating disorders

B-EAT (opens in a new window) offer information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders. They also run online support groups and message boards.

You can also call them on Monday to Friday evenings between 4.30pm and 8.30pm and Saturdays between 1pm and 4.30pm. Helpline tel: 0345 634 1414.

Derbyshire First Steps (opens in a new window) offer support to people with an eating disorder. They also offer training and advice if you care for someone with an eating disorder. Tel: 01332 367571.


If you've suffered a bereavement or other traumatic event in your life, this can sometimes lead to depression or anxiety. Find out where to go for emotional support and counselling.

Talking therapies

A common treatment for mental health issues are talking therapies (opens in a new window), including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

There's a choice of talking therapy providers in Derbyshire which you can access for free.

Other help for common mental health problems

You'll find a comprehensive list of telephone helplines on the NHS Choices website (opens in a new window).

Health and Wellbeing Zones include collections of self help books.

The Community Directory provides a list self help groups (opens in a new window) in Derbyshire. The Infolink health resource directory (opens in a new window) also provides information about support in your area.

The Derbyshire Directory has a list of local mental health services, organisations and groups.

Reading Well provides books on prescription (opens in a new window) that helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading.

For the past couple of years Derbyshire libraries have been running a project called reading for health and wellbeing encouraging people with mental health issues to read and talk about reading with others.

You can also get advice and help from housing related support (formerly Supporting People) which helps people to live more independently and maintain their homes.

Carers in Derbyshire has details of services for carers including mental health carer support groups, carers rights and advice specifically aimed at mental health carers (opens in a new window)

Mental health awareness training

We commission mental health awareness training (opens in a new window) which is aimed at a wide range of non-mental health public facing staff and volunteers in areas such as libraries, leisure centres, housing and benefit advisors. Each course is free and invites a mix of participants from different agencies.

Mental health advocacy and specialist advocacy

If you or someone you know has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act there are specialist independent advocacy services to provide support in understanding your legal rights, and being heard in relation to your care and treatment. You have to meet certain criteria in order to have this specialist advocacy.

If someone lacks capacity to make their own decisions then the specialist independent advocacy service can represent their views and wishes.

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