Can a phone number save a life?

By | February 16, 2020

The sad passing of Caroline Flack RIP has brought attention to a number of societal issues that we often ignore or brush under the carpet. For a start we might look at the Crown Prosecution Service. Were they wrong to press ahead with a case that the victim wanted dropped? Then there is the media. Which is more sickening: the relentlessly hounding tabloid press coverage when she was alive, or the hypocritical headlines they print now she has passed away? 

We can also consider Caroline herself. Did she consider seeking independent mental health support? Did any of her so-called celebrity allies ever point her in the direction of some of the teams of friendly voices that are there to help?

On this page we will look at some of the confidential phone lines that are open for members of the general public who are in distress.

The Samaritans – 116 113

A 24/7 supports service for anyone in mental health distress

The Samaritans have been supporting people in distress since the first call to the Samaritans was answered by its founder Chad Varah in 1953. Now the Samaritans have over 200 branches across the UK and Ireland and their patron is no other than the Prince of Wales. They offer 24 hour support over the phone. If you ever feel like your pain is outweighing your resources for coping then don’t hesitate to phone the Samaritans on 116 113.


 Sane – 0300 304 7000

The SANEline is open daily between 4.30 and 10.30 pm

You can phone this line for mental health support and encouragement during times of crisis. This number can also be used by friends and family to get information and advice on how to support someone who suffers from mental health problems.


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – 0800 58 58 58 / London – 0808 802  5858

7 Days a week 5pm to Midnight

The Campaign Against Living Miserably charity offer a completely free to call UK-wide telephone line for callers from mobiles and landlines. Fully trained staff offer confidential support and advice for anyone who feels they need mental help support. Sessions last for as long as one hour. Be aware that if you are calling from London you will need to dial 0808 802  5858.


Mind – 0300 123 3393

Don’t suffer in silence; contact MIND by telephone on 0300 123 3393 for mental health support between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.


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