Mental health and wellbeing

This means different things to different people but ultimately it is around how we think, feel and behave in today’s society.

Mental Wellbeing

Buckinghamshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

Buckinghamshire CAMHS can help children and young people up to 18 who are finding it hard to cope with everyday life because of difficult feelings, behaviour or relationships.


If you are worried about your mental health and wellbeing, and are finding it difficult to cope, you’re not alone. There is lots of help and support available in Buckinghamshire:

GP: Your GP is a good first point of contact for confidential advice and support.

Healthy Minds is an NHS service. It offers quick and easy access to talking therapies, practical support and employment advice for common mental health problems such as low mood, worry, stress.

You can self-refer by:

  • telephoning 01865 901600
  • texting “TALK” and your name to 07798 667169
  • visiting their website

The website also provides access to a range of on-line evidence-based self-help resources.

Bucks MIND provides community-based support, peer-to-peer support, befriending and counselling services.
Telephone: 01494 463364 (Monday to Friday: 8:30 – 16:00)

Cruse Bereavement Support offers face-to-face, telephone, email and online support for anyone who has experienced a loss.
Buckinghamshire telephone: 01494 511117

Buckinghamshire and Mid-Thames Relate (Relationships)  provide services including relationship counselling, family counselling, mediation, children's counselling and young people's counselling.

Carers Bucks (unpaid carers) supports the health and wellbeing of unpaid carers and supports unpaid carers of all ages and in different caring roles.
Telephone: 0300 777 2722 (calls charged at local rate)

Age UK Buckinghamshire provide information, advice and support for older people living in Buckinghamshire.
Telephone: 01296 431 911

Heads Up – Heads Up exists to help men stay happy. It provides a toolbox that can help overcome common issues like trouble sleeping, feeling low and money worries. It also has an online check-up to help assess your own wellbeing.

Switchboard (LGBT+) is an LGBT+ helpline for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being.
Telephone: 0800 0119 100 (10am-10pm, this is a free service)

National Domestic Violence for help and advice about domestic abuse.

Telephone: 0808 2000 247 (24/7, this is a free service).

You can also use their webform to arrange a safe time to be contacted within 48 hours.

National Debt Helpline / Citizens Advice Bureau provide free debt and welfare advice.
Buckinghamshire telephone: 0808 278 7938

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) helpline and webchat service for anyone who needs support.
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – midnight)

The Samaritans - free and confidential listening support open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Telephone: 116 123

Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) can provide confidential support and advice to children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.
HOPELINE: 0800 068 41 41.

Sport in Mind - aim to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity. There are a number of weekly sessions across Buckinghamshire that can be accessed for free by anyone 17+.
Telephone: 0118 947 9762

Children and Young People

For more information on where can I go / who can I talk to for support children and young people, please click here.

Last reviewed: 21/04/2023