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It’s important to get support because stressanxiety or depression can affect all areas of your life, including your asthma. If you’re struggling to cope with difficult feelings, there are lots of services that you can reach out to for help when you need it most.

 Friends, family, and carers can also offer you support – get ideas about how they can help you. 

Support for your asthma

Asthma + Lung UK Helpline

  • 0300 222 5800 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)
  • Call and speak to one of our respiratory nurse specialists, respiratory physiotherapists, or health care advisors about any questions or concerns you have about your asthma, no matter how big or small.

Asthma + Lung UK WhatsApp Service

  • 07378 606 728 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)
  • Chat to our asthma clinical  team via WhatsApp. We aim to reply to all your messages within 24 hours on working days.

Asthma + Lung UK Support Groups

  • 0300 3030 253
  • Asthma + Lung UK runs a network of more than 150  support groups for people living with lung conditions.

Asthma + Lung UK Health Unlocked

  • You can connect with other people living with asthma on our Asthma Community Forum.

Asthma + Lung UK Health Advice

  • Our website has advice and information about asthma and lung conditions to help you understand and manage your condition.

Self-Management UK

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

Support for your mental health

Samaritans

  • 116 123 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • A free confidential helpline where you can discuss your feelings.

Anxiety UK

  • 03444 775 774 or text 07537 416 905 (9.30am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday)
  • Information and support for people living with anxiety disorders.

Mind

  • 0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm, Monday-Friday)
  • Advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

No Panic

  • 0844 967 4848
  • Free helpline and advice for people who experience anxiety and panic attacks.

Sidekick

  • A free mental health app with interactive tools, exercises and tips to support your wellbeing.

Support services for younger people

ChildLine

  • 0800 1111 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • A free confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK.

The Mix

  • 0808 808 4994 (4pm-11pm, every day)
  • People under 25 can call this free helpline to talk about anything.

YoungMinds

  • Parent Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday)A free helpline for parents that are worried about their child’s mental health. They also have an email and webchat service for parents.

No Panic Youth Line

  • 0330 606 1174 (10am-10pm everyday)
  • A helpline and advice service for young people who experience anxiety and panic attacks.

Sidekick

  • Text 07888 868 059
  • A confidential and anonymous text service for young carers aged 13-18.

Support for grief

Cruse Bereavement Care

  • Call for free on 0808 808 1677 (9.30am-5pm Monday & Friday, 9.30am-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-2pm Sunday)
  • Online chat (9am-9pm, Monday-Friday)
  • A charity that helps people who have lost loved ones to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

Grief encounter

  • Free helpline 0808 802 0111 (9am-9pm, Monday-Friday)
  • Email and live chat at grieftalk@griefencounter.org.uk
  • Support for children and young people dealing with bereavement.

Find counselling services

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

  • 0330 320 0851
  • A list of accredited therapists who specialise in CBT.

Counselling Directory

  • www.counselling-directory.org.uk
  • This service provides information on how to find a counsellor who is appropriate for your needs, as well as information on emotional disorders.

NHS

  • If you’re over 18 and live in England, you can access the NHS psychological therapies services. 

UK Council for Psychotherapy

  • If you live in the UK, you can use this service to find a registered therapist near you.

Last updated April 2022

Next update due April 2025

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