Local support

St Helens Wellbeing Service

St Helens Wellbeing Service provide a number of initiatives to support wellbeing:

  • Online training: one-hour sessions via Microsoft Teams on topics such as 5 Ways to Wellbeing, stress and anxiety, and basic suicide awareness.
  • Men's Wellbeing Project: FREE activities for men to help boost wellbeing.
  • Happy to Chat benches: located at various sites across St Helens, the Happy to Chat benches provide a place for people to stop and chat with others. 


Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies offer free NHS therapy for people registered with a St Helens GP with common mental health problems such as anxiety, stress or depression. Visit the Mersey Care Website for more information.

Parents in Mind

If you are feeling low, anxious, disinterested in your usual activities and are pregnant or within two years of giving birth, then the Parents in Mind's friendly, welcoming support may be for you. They provide support groups where you can meet others going through similar experiences, seek information, talk things through, or simply relax. Visit the Parents in Mind website for more information.


HIMvisible is a St Helens-based mental health awareness group, making the invisible struggles of men in this world visible. Visit the HIMvisible website for more information.

Standing Tall Foundation

The Standing Tall Foundation is a charity based in St Helens, founded in 2020 by Andy Reid MBE and John F Tabern MSc. They promote the mental health and physical wellbeing of all community groups, by providing free professional support and services. Visit the Standing Tall Foundation website for more information.

Arts on Prescription

Creative Alternatives is an award-winning arts on prescription service that offers residents of St Helens the opportunity to access a FREE programme that is centred around creative activities, wellbeing and self-care. Visit the Creative Alternatives website for more information.

Reading Well

The Reading Well scheme helps people manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books. Visit the Reading Well page on the St Helens Borough Council website for more information.

National support

Every Mind Matters

Feeling stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep? Every Mind Matters can help with expert advice, practical tips and personalised actions to help stay on top of your mental wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters also provides a free mind plan; by answering a few questions you can get your own personalised mental health action plan with tips and advice to help you be kind to your mind.


Qwell is an online emotional wellbeing and mental health support service for adults. It is a confidential service where adults anonymously access therapy and self-help content, with links to other appropriate services. Visit the Qwell website for more information.


The BBC have a mental health toolkit with everyday tips, sounds to relax your mind, personal stories as well as other useful links to help you look after yourself and your loved ones. Visit the BBC Headroom website for more information.

Hub of Hope

The Hub of Hope is a UK mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place. Visit the Hub of Hope website for more information.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

CALM are taking a stand against suicide by provoking conversation, running life-saving services, and bringing people together so they reject living miserably, get help when they need it and don't die by suicide. Visit the CALM website for more information.

Support for veterans, service leavers and reservists


NoDuff provide mental health support for serving and former service personnel. Visit the NoDuff website for more information.


Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families.

You can contact the service in many ways, including:

  • directly getting in touch yourself, or through a family member or friend - for the North of England call 0300 373 3332 or email OpCourageNORTH@cntw.nhs.uk
  • asking a GP or other healthcare representative to refer you
  • asking a charity to refer you


The NHS website also provides information about other mental health support for veterans, service leavers, reservists, families and carers.

Samaritans Veterans

Samaritans Veterans is a free app that can provide you with emotional support after your career in the Armed Forces. Visit the Samaritans website for more information.

Support for children and young people


Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people aged 11-25 years, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. This service is anonymous and free at the point of use.

You can access this online via the Kooth website 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Counsellors are available from: midday-10pm Monday to Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends.

SHOUT Text Service

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. They support people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need immediate support. Accessible to all ages - text REACH to 85258


In St Helens we have a wide range of services available to support children and young peoples emotional and mental wellbeing. Support is available within the community as well as in local education settings. Most of the services are available for children and young people aged 0-18 years old, but some offer support for children and young people with SEND up to age 25.

Visit the Thrive website to find the service that can best support you and your needs. If you have any queries about any of the services listed, please contact the service directly who will be happy to help.


ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service for young people aged 11-19 in St Helens. Led by the School Nursing Service (part of the 0-19+ Service in St Helens), young people aged 11-19 can access confidential advice and support from school nurses via text on a range of health and wellbeing issues.

ChatHealth is available between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday (including school holidays and excluding bank holidays) and is accessed by texting 07312263250. Visit the 0-19+ Service website for more information.


Papyrus is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Their helpline, HOPELINEUK, provides confidential support and advice to young people (under the age of 35) struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person. To contact HOPELINEUK, call 0800 068 4141

Asking about suicide saves lives but it can be hard to know where to start or how to help. Papyrus have developed some example conversation starters if you are worried about someone.

Papyrus have created a film to help people #SpotTheSigns of suicide:

Papyrus have also created a campaign video 'The Unseen Struggle', which highlights how young people are hiding their true feelings and emotions and putting on a brave face:

Think Fast Academy

The Martin Murray Think Fast Academy offers high-quality social support and development to the most hard-to-reach young people, realised through the discipline and ethos of boxing. Visit the Think Fast Academy website for more information.

Support with mental health during the cost of living crisis

Mind - Money and Mental Health

Mind provide practical tips on managing your money and improving your mental health. Visit the Mind website for more information.

Mental Health and Money Advice

A website created by Mental Health UK, to help you understand, manage and improve your mental health and money issues.

Help for Households

The Government is offering help for households. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.

Bereavement support

A booklet has been created to help anyone in St Helens experiencing bereavement or loss to
find the services they need. View the Bereavement Services and Support booklet for more information.