Geeks Vs Loneliness: brilliant organisations that are there to help

Just a few organisations that may be of use if you're having a tough time...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Hello and welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our weekly spot where we natter about issues, challenges, and things that may be affecting you, or people around you.

Over the many, many months we’ve been running this series, we’ve cited a lot of terrific organisations that are on hand to help. A crucial point about all of these groups too: they are on hand, whether you are the start of your tether, or the end of it. You DO NOT have to be at your wit’s end to ask for help.

These are the groups and organisations we’ve talked about throughout our articles thus far. We’ll endeavour to keep this list up to date, and do feel free to add your suggestions at the bottom. And thanks, as always, for reading…

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YOUNG MINDS is dedicated to the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Parents concerned about their youngsters can call 0808-802-5544. Here is its website.

THE M.E. ASSOCIATION is a brilliant organisation for anyone affected by M.E. and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, aimed at young men feeling unhappy. It has a web chat service, and freephone phone lines. You can find its website here.

MIND is an organisation that aims to make sure nobody has to face a mental health problem by themselves. You can find its website here. The MIND infoline is 0300 123 3393.

SANE does amazing work too in battling the stigma that seems to go with mental health. Between 6pm and 11pm, you can give them a call on 0300-304-7000. They welcome calls from anyone affected in any way at all by mental illness and challenges. Here is SANE’s website.

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It’s an old cliche perhaps to call a Samaritan, but then THE SAMARITANS do such wonderful work. You can talk to them around the clock on 08457-90-90-90. Or drop an email to jo@samaritans.org – you’ll get a reply within a day or two.

THE DEPRESSION ALLIANCE can help those around you gain a better understanding of what depression is, and how it affects you. It has a directory of support groups around the country, here. It’s merged with MIND, but for the minute, has a separate website.

PAPYRUS is a group that supports teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal. You can call them on 0800 068 4141.

STUDENTS AGAINST DEPRESSION‘s website is full of resources and information. It’s just as useful for those worried about a friend as it is if you’re facing depression yourself.

MAYTREE supports people feeling suicidal, but in a non-medical setting. Its website is here.

The GENDERTRUST is a caring ear for anyone struggling with issues of gender identity. 

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The BDD FOUNDATION is a fabulous resource for those affected by body dysmorphic disorder. Find it here.

OCD UK, as you might expect, is a group for those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder. 

THE MOUTH CANCER FOUNDATION had advice and help for those affected by this particular form of this horrible disease. 

The LGBT FOUNDATION offers help and support for those struggling with, or dealing with, matters of sexuality. 

If you’re dealing with a bereavement, or struggling with grief, then CRUSE Bereavement Care can be found here.

PANDAS is an organisation offering advice and support for those affected by pre or post-natal depression. 

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SANDS is a charity focusing its working on supporting people affected by stillbirth and neo-natal death.

The NATIONAL ECZEMA SOCIETY is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with eczema, and those who support them. 

You can find lots of information and support around allergies at ALLERGY UK.

DIVORCE RECOVERY WORKSHOP has a helpline – 0333-335-0489 – and a website here.

GINGERBREAD provides support for single parents. 

If you’re struggling with a relationship, then RELATE is a great organisation. You can find it here

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The RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE SUPPORT CENTRE runs a national freephone helpline – 0808-802-9999 – and its website can be found here.

As we said, we’ll keep extending this list. We appreciate that our Disqus comments system will automatically moderate any that include links, but please be assured that we will see then.

Thank you, as always, for reading.