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Emotional and mental support

The British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf)
The British Psychotherapy Foundation was formed in April 2013 and is the successor body of British Association of Psychotherapists, The Lincoln Clinic and Centre for Psychotherapy and London Centre for Psychotherapy. The new charity takes the very best from these three organizations to advance a vision of a society in which psychotherapy is available to everyone who needs it to promote their emotional well-being and mental health.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy provides a service which will enable potential clients to find a suitable counsellor with whom they feel comfortable, in their particular area.

Cancer Buddies Network
Cancer Buddies Network is an online charity based support group designed to put you in touch with your cancer buddy so you can share the ups and downs, laughter and tears with someone who knows how it feels. You can either chat 1-to-1 by private messaging onsite, or on our lively Forum. Whether you have experienced cancer yourself, or you are family, friend or carer, come and search for your buddy simply and safely on our dedicated website.

Depression Alliance
Depression Alliance is the leading UK charity for people affected by depression.

Look Good...Feel Better
Look Good…Feel Better was set up by the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA)  and gained charitable status in 1993. Today, the Programme has the support of over 40 leading companies and brands in the Beauty Industry. It provides free skincare and make-up workshops to help combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment and, in turn, boost confidence and wellbeing. 

Maggies Cancer Caring Centres
Maggie’s Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. They are places where people are welcome whenever they need us – from just being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post-treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement.

Mind provide information and support about mental health, campaign to improve policy and attitudes and, in partnership with independent local Mind associations, develop local mental health services.

National Counselling Society (NCS)
The National Counselling Society (NCS) holds an Accredited Register of counsellors, this means that when you choose a counsellor from an Accredited Register you have the assurance that the counsellor has met the high standards required to be listed on the register. The NCS have an easy to use search tool to help you find a counsellor near you or a counsellor who offers online counselling. The NCS encourage their counsellors to provide information about themselves so that you can get a feel of the counsellor’s approach from their website listing before contacting them and you are able to choose someone you feel comfortable with: www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/find-counsellor

Pelvic Radiation Disease Association (PRDA)
PRDA is a patient-led group that aim to provide support for people of all ages suffering from pelvic radiation damage, and to campaign for better recognition of pelvic radiation disease, as well as improved facilities for treatment within the NHS.


National organisation offering support to those in distress who feel suicidal or despairing and need someone to talk to. The telephone number of your local branch can be found in the telephone directory. Samaritans also provides a widely used e-mail service (not a chatroom but they endeavour to answer within 24 hours).

SANE provides help and information to those experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers through SANEline and SANEmail.

LGBT Foundation
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.


The Royal College Of Psychiatrists
The Royal College Of Psychiatrists has a range of highly recommended leaflets covering topics such as Depression, Anxiety and Phobias, Sleep Problems and Bereavement. You can download these leaflets from their website.

Youth Cancer Trust
Provides support and free holidays in Bournemouth for teenagers and young adults (aged 14 to 30) with cancer from the UK and Ireland.

Date last updated: 
26 Oct 2015