Mental Health & Wellbeing

ARC Information and Counselling Service

ARC Information and Counselling Service is a free and confidential counselling service supporting children, young people and adults when they are struggling to cope with a life changing situation or emotional problem.

For an ARC-funded set of counselling sessions located at Brookside Group Practice, please contact the ARC office on


Kooth - Your online mental wellbeing community

Providing free, safe and anonymous support, Kooth can provide online counselling and emotional well-being support for young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday).




National charity for eating disorders and support

Telephone: 0845 634 1414 (over 25’s)
0845 634 7650 (under 25’s)

Text message support: 07786 201 820

Berkshire Talking Therapies

Problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and phobias are very common. Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable service which helps people with these problems.

Telephone: 0300 365 2000



Emotional Wellbeing Berkshire

Your guide to local mental health services.


National Centre for Eating Disorders

Treatment and carer support.

Telephone: 0845 838 2040


The Little Blue Book of Sunshine

Life can be tough. If school is pants, you’re trying to figure out who you are and parents are stressing you out… then why wouldn’t you feel down on the world? But that’s rubbish if it means you feel bad about yourself, lose confidence or can’t bounce back. The Little Blue Book Of Sunshine explains some of the things you can do right now to feel better, or who to turn to if things feel too much

Website: www.thelittlebluebookofsunshine

Mental Health Challenges – Recovery in Mind

Recovery in Mind is on a mission to improve the lives of adults living in West Berkshire with mental health challenges by delivering free of charge, inspiring and empowering courses. They help people take back control of their lives, find hope and ways to make the most of life’s opportunities. Their approach of mental health professionals and peer support combined is proving to help many people on their road to recovery in the area.


Breathing Space Service (mental health crisis offering short term crisis support)

The Berkshire West Breathing Space service is a safe, welcoming and supportive space for anybody aged over 18 experiencing emotional distress and struggling to cope. Whatever the reason for you feeling distressed or in crisis – they’re there to help you.

Freephone: 0800 002 9091



Self-referral Form:

If you are signposting somebody to the service, please ensure you tell them the times of operation (5pm-11pm, Friday to Monday).

Earley Walks

Volunteers from Loddon Valley Ramblers along with the Town Council have designed walks using quiet footpaths around the Town. These include comprehensive route notes along with photographs and a map for each walk for you to follow.


MindEd for Families

This service supports parents and those caring for children, young people or older people, who are worried about their mental health and wellbeing. It offers safe and reliable advice and offers hope to those who are affected by or living with those suffering with depression.


Mental Health Support Self Help Leaflets

The NHS have produced a whole range of helpful resources for people who suffer from mental and emotional health issues including anger, anxiety, bereavement, low mood, obsessions and compulsions and post natal depression, plus more.



No5 offers confidential listening to support children and young people, and those around them, through its free counselling service for those aged 10 to 25 in the Reading area.

Telephone: 0118 901 5668

Text: 07984 357551

Facebook: no5youngpeople




Help, information and support for all those affected by mental illness.


Mental Health Crisis Service

The team will try to prevent you being admitted to a mental health ward by providing you with intensive support if you have a mental health crisis in your own home.

Website: Berkshire NHS: Crisis Service

Berkshire Children, Young Peoples and Families Services

Providing care and support to children, young people and their families, Berkshire Children, Young Peoples and Families Services offers specialist children’s services, mental health and therapy.

Telephone: 0300 365 1234



If something is troubling you, call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Telephone: 116 123



The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

Telephone: 0800 58 58 58

Facebook: theCALMzone

Twitter: @theCALMzone


Reading Lifeline

Offers counselling and support for those affected by infertility or baby loss during pregnancy or soon after birth.

Telephone: 0118 9596 669


The Breathing Space

A safe and supportive facility to offer help and support for people who are experiencing mental distress and are struggling to cope. Whatever the need, they’re there to help you.

For anyone aged 18yrs+

FreePhone: 0800 002 9091 (every Friday to Monday evening, 17:00-23:00)


Or visit The Breathing Space Hub, Ajilon House, RG1 1DT (every Friday to Monday evening, 17:00-23:00)

Self-Harm - A Guide For Parents & Carers

A guide has been developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and is aimed at helping them cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person and what help is available.

Leaflet: Berkshire West CCG: Parents and Carers Guide

Stay Alive App

This app is a suicide prevention resource for those that are at risk and for those worried about someone.

Website: Stay Alive App: Prevent Suicide

Talking Therapies

Support for those coping with depression, stress, anxiety or phobias.

They are here to help adults aged 17+ living in Berkshire and we have a team of advisors and therapists who c an help you to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better.

To Self-refer:

Telephone: 0300 365 2000


Website: Gateway Mayden: Self Referral Form

For information to help those who are struggling to sleep, access the sleep programme at

Trust House Reading

Offers specialist one to one counselling for people affected by rape, childhood sexual abuse and all forms of sexual violence.

Telephone: 0118 9584 033


Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Please see the following organisations who provide mental health services to children and young people:

AnDY Clinic

Time 2 Talk


Still the Hunger

Useful Contact Numbers

Leaflet: Useful Local Contact Details

CAMHS – NHS's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

This site is full of helpful resources for young people, carers and professionals to help them manage mental health and well-being issues.


Brookside’s Health & Wellbeing Service

Many of our patients find when their health is suffering that there are other influences that are preventing them from getting better. We often find that people want to live a healthier and happier life, but just don’t know how and need some support. Our advisors are here to help. They are experts in helping people identify what it is that they would like to change and how to do it – they will listen, coach and encourage our patients as they begin the journey of getting back on track.

Leaflet: HWA Service

Berkshire Healthcare

Discuss your mental health issues with someone locally.

Telephone: 01344 823333

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

If you discover that you have a pregnancy that you feel you are unable to continue with, BPAS will be here to support you to make a decision that is right for you.

Telephone: 03457 30 40 30


Heads Together

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.


Stress Less Workshops

Run by Talking Therapies Berkshire, the NEW Stress Less workshops will help your patients to understand stress, how it can affect them and learn techniques to help them manage their stress effectively.

Dates and locations of workshops


Young Minds

We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544


Community & Peer Support for those with personality disorder & emotional and social difficulties

This service is for adults aged 18+ with the aim of providing community-based peer support groups to those who may have found it difficult to engage with other services. The aim of these groups is to help people better cope with personality disorder, interpersonal relationships and emotional regulation issues.

Leaflet: Service User Network

Telephone: 0300 365 8000 (09:00-17:00, Mon-Fri excl. bank holidays)


Living Life To The Full

Free online courses covering low mood and stress and all of the common linked problems this causes. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Try one of the below sample sessions now.


Daisy Chain

Please see flyer with details of support available for parents and carers of adults and young people with a diagnosis or undergoing diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Berkshire Women's Aid

This charity which offers many services to women who have suffered from domestic abuse. If you are struggling and need to get in contact with someone they have a helpline and other services available.

Telephone: 0118 950 4003

Leaflet: BWA Service

Loddon Counselling & Psychology Service

Counselling offers an opportunity to explore and make sense of your thoughts and feelings in a space that is non threatening and non judgemental.


Time to Talk (West Berkshire)

Time to Talk (West Berkshire) provides free confidential counselling services to young people in need aged 11 to 25.

Telephone: 01635 760331



BEAT Eating Disorders

BEAT Eating Disorders is a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by eating disorders, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

Helpline: 0808 801 0677

Youthline: 0808 801 0711 (for under 25s)

Facebook: beat.eating.disorders

Twitter: @beated


Sport in Mind

Sport in Mind® is the independent Berkshire mental health sports charity formed in Reading in 2011 to use sport and physical activity to help aid the recovery of people experiencing mental health problems and encourage individuals to move their lives forward in a positive direction.

Telephone or Text: 07341 267740




Information and Support for all mental health issues.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393


Stop it Now!

Stop It Now are an organisation helping prevent child sexual abuse. Are you worried about a child, concerned about the behaviour of another adult or your own thoughts and behaviours?



Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.


Emotional Health Academy

Helping children, young people and families find support for emotional well-being earlier, faster and more easily within West Berkshire.

Telephone: 01635 519018



MindEd UK

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.

Twitter: @MindEdUK


South Central Veterans Service

We offer help and support to all former members of all ranks of the British Armed Forces who have received one day’s pay in one or more of the following:

Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve Forces, including Royal Navy Reserves, Royal Marine Reserves, Army Reserves and Royal Air Force Reserves

Website: Berkshire NHS: Veterans Service


SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers.

Helpline: 0300 304 7000

Facebook: charitySANE

Twitter: @CharitySANE


Together for Mental Wellbeing – Berkshire West Your Way

Your Way works alongside individuals as they overcome obstacles and move forward with their life. This might include managing mental health, having peer support, entering education, returning to work, finding new hobbies & social activities or solving housing or financial issues – all to help people build resources that help them stay well, their way.

Website: Together: Berkshire West Your Way

Further information

For more information about mental health, ways to cope with it and more visit the links below

Website: NHS UK: One You – Feeling Stressed?

Website: NHS UK: Mental Health

Website: NHS UK: Every Mind Matters – Get Your Mind Plan

Find Local Mental Health Services

Website: NHS UK: Find Local Mental Health Services


Useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources – all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times.

Website: MyTutor: A guide for teen mental health