WHO YA GONNA CALL?

No, not Ghostbusters. Firstly, they're fictional. Secondly, even if they weren't, they probably couldn't help you with your mental health, or maybe they could. They're all professors after all. Anyway, we're getting side-tracked here.

Sometimes, whether you're at your lowest ebb or not, having someone to talk to can help you feel so much better. Human beings aren't designed to handle all of what life can throw at them. None of us, not even you, are immune from being overwhelmed by life's problems. When you feel it is all getting too much to cope with, or you just need someone to help point you in the right direction. Helplines might just be the way to go.

HOW CAN HELPLINES...WELL HELP?

It's rare that anyone has all the answers that you're looking for. If it's a complex issue, like your mental health, friends and family can only go so far in helping you along. The good news is that there will be someone, somewhere who'll be able to take you along the rest of the way.

Whatever you need, whether it's advice or help, information or clarification, there will be a helpline out there for you. Just on this site alone, we have gathered together over 150 different organisations from over 50 countries around the world on our Where To Turn page, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

We're not arrogant enough to believe that we have captured every source from every country to tackle every problem out there, but there should be enough to get you started.

If you're looking for crisis help, then we've placed a link to organisations with their telephone number at the top of as many countries and organisations as we can find. If you know more, please let us know.

If you're not at the stage and just need some help, advice or guidance, there will be an organisation, either on our pages or out there in the big worldwide web that can help. If in any doubt, just try searching for it.

Once you've found someone to help, give them a call. Explain your situation and take whatever advice you can get. They'll be non-judgemental, confidential and above all, they'll listen to you. Sometimes, that's all you might need. If they can point in the right direction of someone better suited to help you, they will.

Don't wait until it's too late. Get their details, bookmark their website, add their number to your phone (it doesn't have to be a state-of-the-art one like in our illustration) and, if you do need them, they'll be right there.


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