Your support network

Your social and healthcare networks are on hand to provide the care and support you need

You may find patient forums and social media pages, such as Asthma UK’s community forum, useful and friendly sources of support. Friends and family can be an important part of your support plan too – get ideas about how they can help you. 

If youre struggling to cope with difficult feelings, you have lots of choices where you can turn for help when you need it most. Its important to get support because stress, anxiety or depression can affect all areas of your life, including your asthma.

You can also make good use of professional services offering confidential advice and support.

Support for your asthma

Asthma UK Helpline

0300 222 5800 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)

Call in confidence and speak to one of our asthma nurse specialists about any questions or concerns you have about asthma, no matter how big or small.

Asthma UK WhatsApp Service

07378 606 728 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)

Chat to our asthma nurse team via WhatsApp. We aim to reply to all your messages within three working days.

Self Management UK

A charity that runs self-management courses for people with long-term conditions to help them take control of their lives.

British Lung Foundation

03000 030 555

The British Lung Foundation runs a network of more than 230 ‘Breathe Easy support groups for people living with lung conditions.

Support for stress, anxiety or depression


Call the Samaritans: 116 123

Confidential helpline open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Anxiety UK

03444 775774 (9.30am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday)

Information and support for people living with anxiety disorders.


0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Counselling Directory

Provides information on how to find a counsellor who is appropriate for your needs, as well as information on emotional disorders.

Cruse Bereavement Care

0808 808 1677 (9.30am-5pm Monday & Friday, 9.30am-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people and helps people who have lost loved ones to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

Be Mindful

Online campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0330 320 0851

List of accredited psychotherapists who specialise in CBT.

No Panic

0844 967 4848

Free helpline and advice for people who experience anxiety and panic attacks.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Find a registered therapist near you.

Support services for younger people


0800 1111

Free confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.

The Mix

0808 808 4994 (4pm-11pm, every day)

Helpline for people under 25.


Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday)

The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.


Last updated April 2019

Next update due April 2022

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