Friends & Family – Mental Health (inc Addiction)

Are you a friend or family member of a veteran and finding it hard to cope?

Liverpool Veterans HQ says:

  • Rethink Mental Illness provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. Their website hosts a bank of useful information for friends and family, including advice on what to do if you’re worried about someone’s mental health and what to do in a crisis. Click here to see their resources.
  • If you or a family member need to talk about something but find it difficult, The Big White Wall is a safe, anonymous support service, available online 24/7. Staffed by trained counsellors at all times, it’s now free to all military personnel, veterans and their families.
  • If you need to talk to someone the Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – call them on 08457 90 90 90 or email
  • Mental health charity Sane also offer specialist mental health emotional support 6-11pm everyday, contact them on 0845 767 8000

Are you or your partner drinking too much? Are they taking drugs?

  • mentalhealthThe Brink is a social enterprise dry-bar and entertainment space on Parr Street in the city centre, they offer one-to-one and group support for people with addiction issues and every Sunday they hold a family group which includes a 2-hour workshop and check-in group on Addiction / Alcoholism in the Family. Check here for information on their support. To book a meeting email or 0151 703 0582
  • Families Anonymous offer a self-help worldwide fellowship of families of drug users, they hold a local support group every Wednesday 7:30-9pm at SHARP, 17 Rodney St, Liverpool L1 9EF. More information on their website here
  • Action on Addiction offers lots of support for families including support groups, one-to-one counselling and residential courses or for further information you can call on 01747 832015 or email

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