C.A.L.M, Campaign Against Living Miserably
Offer a confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through a helpline. There is also an SMS text service in Merseyside
T: 0800 58 58 58 (7 days a week 5pm-midnight)
Webchat service (which runs 5pm –Midnight everyday).
Offers information and support to people in the UK who are experiencing depression.
There is also a self-help group which meets twice a month on a Tuesday evening and a Saturday morning.
A: St Andrews Church Hall, Abshead Road, Clubmoor, L13 0AL
T: 0151 226 3406
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. This is a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you’re feeling good right now, or really low, it’s a safe place to share experiences and listen to others.
Get Connected is the UK’s free, confidential helpline for young people under 25 who need help and don’t know where to turn. The service is available 365 days a year and young people can contact them by phone, webchat, email or text message.
If you feel low mood or depression is affecting your quality of life, please talk to your GP about a referral to the Inclusion Matters service. You may find it helpful to complete the short depression questionnaire that is on the website and take this to your GO consultation.
T: 0151 228 2300
A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques, this book is full of step-by-step suggestions, case examples and practical ideas for gaining control over depression and low mood.
Postnatal Depression Service, Person Shaped Support (PSS)
PSS offer advice, listening support (both emotional and practical), and signpost to other services that could be of help. They also offer a listening service for Dad and offer group work at various venues and Children’s Centres around the city.
T: 0151 702 5555
SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. The Helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse. SupportLine is a member of the Helplines Association. SupportLine also provides support by email and post.
T: 01708 765200
P: SupportLine, PO Box 2860, Romford, Essex, RM7 1JA
Online self-help programmes
A useful source of immediate help is available through the following online self-help programmes.
To access the full course you will need to sign up, but before you do that, you can try the sample sessions to see if this is for you. These sessions include:
- Understanding feelings and what to do about them.
- Break out of the cycle and start to feel great.
- The Easy 4-step plan to deal with problems and achieve your goals.
- How to be happier, fitter (and maybe slimmer!)
- Learn the secrets of confident people.
Learn cognitive behavioural therapy skills to cope with and prevent depression. The site has a section for Frequently Asked Questions which you can check out before you register.
Students Against Depression
Developed in consultation with students who have been affected by depression, low mood or suicidal thoughts. This site includes some of their stories and suggestions
Depression Phone Apps
The Depression CBT Self-Help Guide aims to help you cope with feelings of sadness with techniques for transforming stress into positive thinking. Equipped with a daily diary, this app helps you identify stress patterns that can complement cognitive behavioural therapy. Available on Android phones. Cost: Free.
This free Android app gives you a basic overview of depression. This can be extremely helpful for those seeking a diagnosis. The information is broken down in a way that can even help lived one seek assistance for friends and family with suspected depression. Cost: Free.
Track your moods, keep a journal, and chart your recovery progress with this comprehensive tool for depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. One of the most popular mood tracking apps available, with plenty of features.
Happiness and positivity go hand-in-hand. It can be difficult to get through dark days when can’t think positively about your life. The free Positive thinking app aims to provide you with friendly advice when you need it most. This app will bring you positive phrases and reminders to help change your outlook. The app also lets you add your own positive phrases to a personal list of quotes.
This app provides an assessment tool that allows users to check for symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, drug and alcohol issues, and others problems and makes recommendations for action. Available on iPhone only.
Smiling Mind was developed specifically for young people and teenagers experiencing depression. Created by psychologists, this free app helps you set meditations goals and guides you through each session. At the end of every session, you can take note of changes in your mood and track your progress. Available on iPhone.
Tracks symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, stress and general well-being. This app has been suggested to be useful to share with clinicians and chart recovery. Available for Android and iPhone.