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When someone is diagnosed with cancer it is very stressful and difficult time for everyone: patients, family members, friends. Some people find it useful to contact mental health professionals to talk and get advice on how to cope.
Samaritans – Samaritans provides confidential, round the clock support to anyone feeling low or struggling to cope.
People contact them about all kinds of things including health worries, financial concerns, anxiety, relationship breakdown, depression and thoughts of suicide. You can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 08457 90 90 90 or from the Republic of Ireland call 1850 60 90 90.
You can also email for support via firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers also provide face-to-face support at our branches during set opening times. Please visit the website to find your nearest Samaritans branch here.
Breathing Space – Scotland based charity for mental health issues. Call 0800 83 85 87 Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday to Sunday 6pm to 6am.
Mind – resources and information about mental health and coping with anxiety and stress.
If there is anything that we can do to help, or information that you feel should be mentioned here then contact us here.
There is lots of help available though and we have compiled a list of useful resources which will guide you through the support that is available to patients and their families.