This page contains a list of useful telephone numbers relating to issues concerning abortion, fraud, elderly people, alcohol and drug abuse, asthma, eating disorders, transgender people/gender dysphoria, cancer, sexual health, children, disabled people, heart conditions, mental health, meningitis and emergency housing.

Abortion Help

0845 300 80 90
24-hour abortion information service run by Marie Stopes International clinics.

Action Fraud

0300 123 20 40
Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre. We provide a central point of contact for information about fraud. People are scammed, ripped off or conned everyday and we want this to stop.

Age UK

0800 00 99 66
Information and advice on a broad range of topics affecting older people.

Alcoholics Anonymous

0845 769 7555
For those who think their drinking is becoming a problem, Alcoholics Anonymous offers the chance to talk to someone who know the issues through personal experience.

Asthma UK Advice Line

0845 701 02 03
Asthma nurse specialists provide independent, confidential advice and support to people living with asthma, their families, friends and carers and to health professionals.

BEAT – Beating Eating Disorders

0845 634 14 14
Confidential helpline offering support and advice for anyone affected by an eating disorder.

Beaumont Society

01582 412220
Advice and support for transgender, transvestite, transsexual and cross-dressing people to reduce emotional stress and increase understanding.

Breast Cancer Care Helpline

0808 800 6000
Nurses and trained workers with personal or professional experience of breast cancer offer information and support on any aspect of breast cancer or breast health.

Brook Advisory Centres

0800 018 50 23
Free and confidential sexual health advice and services for under-25s.


0808 800 12 34
Information from nurses about all types and aspects of cancer – diagnosis, treatment, symptom control, clinical trials, support groups and where to get practical and emotional help.


0800 1111
Support, information and advice for children on any topic they want to talk about – bullying, gangs, puberty, sexual abuse, alcohol, drugs, or anything else that worries them.

Condom Essential Wear

0800 56 71 23
Free and confidential sexual health information and advice.

Contact a Family

0808 808 35 55
Information on specific conditions and rare disorders for families with disabled children.

Cruse Day by Day

0844 477 94 00
Help and support for people who are bereaved. Also offers a special line for young people on 0808 808 1677.

Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247
National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline for those who require an urgent response or need in-depth support. The helpline is run by Women’s Aid and Refuge.

Drink Line

0800 917 82 82
Information and self-help materials, help to callers worried about their own drinking, support for family and friends of people who are drinking, and advice on where to go for help.

Family Planning Association (FPA)

0845 122 86 90
For information and advice on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion, or planning a pregnancy.


0800 77 66 00
Call for confidential and friendly advice about drugs from professional advisers who will give you straight up, unbiased information.

Heart Helpline

08450 70 80 70
British Heart Foundation’s cardiac nurses and information officers provide information to help support any medical advice you have already had from your GP or consultant.

Macmillan Cancer Line

0808 808 20 20
Information and advice for anyone with concerns about living with cancer. Also offers a textphone service on 0808 808 0121.

Mencap – Learning Disability Helpline

0808 808 1111
An advice and information service for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Meningitis Research Foundation

0808 800 33 44
Trained staff and qualified nurses offer information on meningitis and septicaemia to anyone concerned about or affected by these infections.

Mind Info Line

0845 766 0163
Mind’s helpline gives confidential advice and help for people with mental health problems.


0845 456 0455
Helpline services offering practical and emotional support to those experiencing severe mental illness, their carers and relatives.


0808 800 4444
Free housing advice from the homelessness and housing charity.

The Patients Association

020 8423 8999
For concerns about healthcare in general, this national charity provides patients with a way to raise issues and share experiences as it works to improve the care we all receive.

The Samaritans

08457 90 90 90
Confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who feel distressed, despairing or suicidal.

THT Direct

0845 1221 200
Information, support and advice from the Terrence Higgins Trust on all aspects of HIV and sexual health.