Your support network

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

You may also find patient forums and social media pages, such as Asthma UK's Facebook page, useful and friendly sources of support.

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

Finding the right support is just a matter of knowing where to look. To make it easier for you, we've put together the following list of contacts. Each one is a professional service offering confidential advice and support.

Support for your asthma

Asthma UK Helpline

0300 222 5800 (9am - 5pm; Mon - Fri)

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.

Self Management UK

A charity that helps patients with long-term conditions take control of their lives by doing self-management courses.

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

Samaritans

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

08457 90 90 90 (UK); 116 123 (ROI)

Anxiety UK

08444 775 774 (Mon - Fri; 9.30am - 5.30pm)

Information and support for people living with anxiety disorders.

Mind

Mind infoline: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Check the website for local services.

Depression Alliance

The Depression Alliance assists people experiencing depression.

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

0844 477 9400

Promotes the well-being 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)

Lists registered counsellors across the country.

0161 705 4304

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

ChildLine

0800 1111

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

Get Connected

0808 808 4994 (1pm - 11pm; every day)

Young people's helpline.

YoungMinds

Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544

A national charity committed to improving the mental health of children and young people, it provides information for both parents and young people.

Last updated February 2016

Next update due February 2019