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Help and Advice

If you need advice the following resources may be useful. They are not a replacement for healthcare or professional advice but may well help you if you want assistance or support. If you know of any organisations that not listed here, please email me at info@drpetra.co.uk so I can add them to this list. Most of the resources on this list are UK based but links to support services/advice in other countries are also welcome. If you are looking for international resources Hesperian has created this useful list.

A
Abuse and Domestic Violence

Refuge
Women’s Aid
Men’s Advice Line
Mankind
Splitz
Broken Rainbow (advice for LGBT survivors)
Galop (support for LGBT on hate crime,harassment, domestic/sexual violence)
Rape Crisis
Survivors
Pet Retreat (for those who need someone to care for their animals when fleeing domestic violence)
Respect (for domestic violence perpetrators)
Ducky Doolittle’s resources for abuse survivors
Jewish Women’s Aid
Migdal Emunah (for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families)
Panahghar (aka Safehouse)
Do what you both want
NAPAC (for those abused in childhood)
Child Protection Resource
Mosac (for non abusing parents and carers of sexually abused children
DV and abuse signs and resources

Ageing
Age UK
Independent Age
Council of Aboriginal Elders of South Australia
Opening Doors London (for LGBT seniors)
Magic Me
Contact the Elderly

B
Bereavement

CRUSE Bereavement Care
Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)
Babyloss
Aching Arms
Miscarriage Association
Towards Tomorrow Together
Balloons
Childhood Bereavement Network
Child Bereavement Charity
Winston’s Wish
Widow.uk
The WAY Foundation (Widowed and Young)
Dying Matters
Plan If

Bullying
Anti Bullying Network
Anti Bullying Alliance
Bullying UK

BDSM
Informed Consent
Clarisse Thorn Resources

C
Carers

Carers UK
Young Carers

Coastal Communities
Coastal Communities Fund
Fishermen’s Mission

Childless/Childfree
Nonparents

D
Disability

Outsiders
Scope
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Family Fund (grants for low income families raising children with disabilities or who are severely ill)
Banardos (resources for children with disabilities and their families)
Dimensions (support for people with autism and learning difficulties and their families)
Enhance the UK
Gig Buddies

Divorce, Separation and Mediation
Separated Families
Direct Gov resources on divorce, separation and relationship breakdown
National Family Mediation
Action for Children
Families Need Fathers
A Kids Space
The Parent Connection (parenting after parting)
Shelter resources for relationship breakdown
Directgov resources on marriage, civil partnership and divorce
Surviving Separation
Kids in the middle

Drug /Alcohol advice
Alcoholics Anonymous
Al-Anon (for families affected by a person’s drinking)
Turning Point
Frank
Club Drug Clinic

G
Gender and Sex

Beaumont Society
The Angels
Spectrum London
Trans Centre
TransLondon
The Gender Trust
Press For Change
Gendered Intelligence

H
Health

NHS Direct
NHS Choices
Healthtalkonline
Patient.co.uk
Jewish Care Direct (also provides advice on numerous other social issues)

Housing and Homelessness
Shelter
Citizens Advice (Housing)
Albert Kennedy Trust (for LGBT Youth)
Outpost Housing (LGBT)
FirstStop (Housing advice for older people and their families)

L
Legal, financial, benefits and rights

Citizens Advice
Advice Now
National Debtline
Money Advice Service
Turn2Us
Trussell Trust

Looked after children
Who Cares Trust
Own Two Feet blog

Loneliness
NotAlone365

M
Mental Health

Mind
SANE
Mental Health Foundation
Rethink Mental Illness
Anxiety UK
Metro Centre (LGBT)
PACE Health (LGBT)
Asylum Magazine
Radical Psychology Network
Hearing Voices Network
Psychology, politics, resistance archive
Time To Change
Anawim Mental Health Project
Majlis (Asian Men’s Self Help Group)
Living Life To The Full
Depression Alliance
Campaign Against Living Miserably
Big White Wall (self care network)
Turning Point
Australian Psychological Society resources on Mental Health
Doc Ready (help for young people to prepare to talk to their doctor about mental health)

Parenting
Family Lives
Homestart
Gingerbread (support for single parents)
Only Mums (support for single parents)
Only Dads (support for single parents)
RCPSYCH Postnatal Depression
MumsAid
Perinatal Response and Management Service (PRAMS, Wales, for mental health and early parenthood)
Pandas (PND)
Association for Postnatal Illness
Fathers Reaching Out (PND Support for fathers)
Men Care
Cry-sis (for parents with babies who cry, don’t sleep or are demanding)
Twins and Multiple Births Association
Family Rights Group

P
Pregnancy and birth

NHS Your Pregnancy and Baby
National Childbirth Trust
Electivecesarean.com
Pregnancy Sickness Support
Birth Trauma Association
The Early Birth Association
Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

Prisons, immigration detention, and special hospitals
Action for Prisoners’ Families
Working with children with a parent in prison (Banardos)
Inside Time
Prison Chat
Staying in touch with someone in prison (UK Gov)
Offenders’ families helpline
Prisoners’ families and friends service
Storybook dads and mums
Partners of Prisoners
Prison Reform Trust
AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)

R
Relationship Support

Cohabitation advice
Couple Connection
CORST
Poly relationships
Polyamory

S
Sexual and Reproductive Health

Terrence Higgins Trust
NPL (HIV advice and support for BME communities)
National AIDS Trust
National AIDS Map
BASSH Patient
Herpes Association
Sex,worth talking about (NHS)
Family Planning Association
Emergency Contraception
Abortion
NHS Contraception Advice
Men’s Sexual Health
Trans* Women Sexual Health
Trans* Men Sexual Health
London Sexual Health Programme
CHAPS
Directory covering various sex and relationships issues

Sexual Problems
Sexual Advice Association
Vulval Pain Association

Sexualities
The Lesbian and Gay Foundation
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
London Friend (LGBT health and wellbeing)
Gingerbeer (The Lesbian Guide)
Psychology of Sexualities Section (BPS)
Treatments Homosexuality
BiUK
Bisexual Index
BiCommunityNews
Aven (asexuality)

Suicide and Self Harm
Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide
Samaritans
National Self Harm Network
PAPYRUS UK (prevention of young suicide)
International Suicide Prevention Wiki

T
Therapy

London Sex and Relationships Therapy
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Rainbow Couch
Pink Practice

W
Worldwide Resources

Links to self help directories for different countries
Brisbane My Community Directory
Canadian Mental Health Association (Prince Edward Island) Directory of Self Help and Community Resources
Mental Health Guide for First Nation, Metis and Inuit People
New Zealand Psychological Society’s self help directory
New Zealand Self Management Health Programmes Directory
UK Charity Choice

Y
Young People

Scarleteen
BishUK (sex advice for teens)
Brook
The Site
Childline
Mermaids (support for teens and children with gender identity issues)
BGIOK (advice on sexuality for the under 25s)
Get Connected
EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia)
UK Youth (general support resource for young people)
Young Minds (mental health support for children and adolescents, families and professionals)