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Support for mums and families

Crisis support

If you or someone you are concerned about are in crisis, despairing or suicidal, please contact one of the agencies below.

If you live in the UK and are looking for extra support or advice urgently, there are a number of services you can approach:

  • Talk to a health professional e.g your own GP, midwife or health visitor
  • Go to A&E at your local hospital
  • Call the emergency services on 999
  • Call Samaritans on 116 123 (free to call and will not appear on your phone bill), or email

Local support organisations

Netmums provide a search by area or postcode (Please note we do not check or monitor this facility or the organisations listed)

National support online and over the phone

Please note we do not check or monitor these services

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP)

Moderated Forum, click here to find out more.

One-to-one messaging available through the site, just register here


Association of Postnatal Illness

Helpline: 10am – 2pm – 0207 386 0868

Live chat online facility

Best Beginnings

Free NHS-accredited Baby Buddy app offering evidence-based information and self-care tools to help parents during pregnancy and early stages of parenting.

App users also have access to a confidential, text-based Crisis Messenger which provides 24/7 support for new and exectant parents who are feeling extremely anxious or overwhelmed.

Muslim Women’s Network

Helpline: 0800 999 5786, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm with support offered in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Putwari, Hindko, and Bengali.


Online chat:

Text: 07415 206 936

National Breastfeeding Helpline

Breastfeeding information and support available 9.30am to 9.30pm every day of the year.

Helpline: 0300 100 0212

Support is also available in Welsh, Polish, Bengali & Sylheti and for people who have hearing or speech impairments.

Online chat:


Whether you’re struggling with your mental health or just having a bad day, get free online support from Netmums experts in their Drop-in Clinic.


Helpline open from 9am-8pm every day – 0843 2898 401

Email support available –


Petals offers free-of-charge specialist counselling to anyone who has experienced pregnancy or baby loss.



Tel: 0300 688 0068


Tel: 116 123 (this is a free telephone number and will not appear on the phone bill)



Twins Trust

Twinline is Twins Trust’s listening service for parents of twins, triplets and more. All the calls are answered by volunteers who have multiples themselves.

Twinline is open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and from 7pm to 10pm. 0800 138 0509, alternatively email



Tommy’s has a team of in-house midwives who offer free support and information for women and their families at any stage of pregnancy and after birth.


Helpline: 0800 014 7800 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or contact them via email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Self-help guides

Postnatal-Depression-A4-2015 Self-help-workbook-post-natal-depression

Sources of support

Postpartum-Psychosis-a-Guide-for-Partners Planning-Pregnancy-Guide-for-Women-at-High-Risk-of-PP APP-Insider-Guide-Recovery

Please note that the MMHA is not responsible for the content of any of the links listed on the page but we hope that they may provide a source of further help and information.