Ways to get online mental health support for teachers and students

Online mental health support
We have put together a list of some of the online mental health resources that are available in the UK to support you and others in your community, profession or setting. 

If you are thinking about ending your life or acting on thoughts of suicide, please call emergency services on 999 or The Samaritans on 116 123 .

Online chats, forums and support groups:
Education Support Chat
They are a UK charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the entire education workforce.
 
Their online chat support is a free 24/7 service. You’ll be joined in a pop-up chat window by one of the same counsellors who answer the phone calls. Click here to find out more.
Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement is a charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Cruse offers telephone, email and website support. They have a free phone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. 

They offer a Cruse Chat, using specially trained bereavement counsellors. Click here to find out more.

SANE’s Support Forum 
SANE is a UK-wide charity working to improve quality of life for people affected by mental illness. 

Their support forum is a safe space to offer support, ideas and share experiences. The forum is available 24 hours a day. Click here to find out more.

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably. A charity providing a mental health webchat daily, between 5pm and midnight).

They offer an accredited confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to people anywhere in the UK through their webchat service. Chats are taken by trained staff who are there to listen, support, inform and signpost. Click here to find out more.

Imaan

Imaan is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) Muslims, providing an online forum where people can share experiences and ask for help. Click here to find out more.

London Friend

London Friend offers support groups and services, such as counselling and drug and alcohol support, to LGBT people in and around London.

Their 4-week Lockdown Remedy Group offers a safe and confidential space to share your experiences with a focus on general wellbeing and mental health. The group also offers the opportunity to share experiences with your peers who are experiencing similar feelings. Click here to find out more.

OCD UK

A charity run by people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), for people with OCD. 

They offer support groups and online discussion forums to share solutions towards OCD recovery. Click here to find out more.

Qualified mental health support in schools: The School Mental Health Specialist

Would you like to develop your expertise in student support and wellbeing? You could become the school mental health specialist of your school or college. Learn more here.