Please find below a list of local and national organisations that provide specialist support for specific health conditions to residents in Leicester and Leicestershire.

 

Mental health / suicidal thoughts 

 

Samaritans

Free national telephone helpline and support by email and text. All available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

www.samaritans.org

 

Mind

For adults and young people, providing information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief. Clear and accessible advice and on dealing with bereavement.

www.mind.org

Papyrus

Confidential support and advice service for children and young people under the age of 35, experiencing thoughts of suicide and for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.

Call 0800 068 4141 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

www.papyrus-uk.org

 

Let’s Talk - Wellbeing  

Provides help for people with anxiety, depression and other similar difficulties. Let’s Talk – Wellbeing is available in many different places in the community. 

https://mychoice.leicester.gov.uk/Services/2597/Lets-Talk-Wellbein

 

First Contact Plus 

Provides information and advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing and where you can get help

http://www.firstcontactplus.org.uk/our-services/improving-your-health/mental-health-and-wellbeing /

 

Mental health support from Leicester and Leicestershire councils

Cancer

Macmillan

Providing physical, emotional and financial support to help you live life as fully as you can

www.macmillan.org.uk

Cancer Research UK

Advice for adults and children

www.cancerresearchuk.org

Cancer Support UK

Providing telephone groups for advice and support and Cancer Kits to aid recovery when having treatment

www.cancersupportuk.org

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Hollyhocks Cancer Support Group

www.hollyhocks-cancersupportgroup.org

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Cancer Care Map

Local cancer information, including support groups.

Call 0116 258 6189 or email cancerinfo@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

www.cancercaremap.org

University Hospital Leicester

Local cancer information, including support groups

www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/cancerinfo

Dimbleby Cancer Care Map 

Rutland and Melton Cancer Support Group

https://www.cancer-support.org.uk/

 

Dementia 

Dementia UK

www.dementiauk.org

 

Alzheimer's Society

www.alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Support Service, Age UK Leicester

Email dementiasupport@ageukleics.org.uk

www.ageuk.org.uk

 

Care Choices Dementia Friendly - Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 

A practical guide to living with dementia

www.carechoices.co.uk/publication/leicestershire-dementia-guide/

Leicester memory cafes and activity groups 

Helps coordinate dementia friendly walking and swimming opportunities locally for people living with dementia and their carers, family and friends

Email activerutland@rutland.gov.uk

www.activerutland.org.uk/events/2017/05/dementia-friendly-walks

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland

0116 299 2233

113 Princess Road East, Leicester, LE1 7LA

www.ageuk.org.uk/leics

Motor Neurone Disease 

 

MND Association Leicester

Providing information and support

Email Jenny Holmes-Shuttlewood at: jenny@mndaleicester.org.uk   

http://www.mndaleicester.org.uk/

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's UK 

Provides information and support. To find local support groups visit https://localsupport.parkinsons.org.uk/

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

 

Kidney Disease

Kidney Care UK

Advice, support, information and financial assistance to people with kidney disease and their families

www.kidneycareuk.org

​Leicestershire Kidney Patients Association

Provides support and guidance via the telephone, website, newsletter and allocation of small grants for basic needs

https://lkpa.org.uk/

 

 

Heart disease

British Heart Foundation

To find your local support group, please go to the British Heart Foundation website, local groups section:

www.bhf.org.uk

​Take Heart Group 

Provides support to cardiac patients, their families and carers who live in and around Leicestershire

https://www.takeheartleicester.co.uk/

 

Stroke

Stroke Association

Provides advice, information, support and a translation line to people who have had a stroke and their families

www.stroke.org.uk

Chronic Lung Disease

British Lung Foundation

Call their helpline on 03000 030555

www.blf.org.uk

Lung Disease, Breathe Easy Support Group

Email Breathe Easy Singing 4 Breathing, Corby: pat.h@singing4breathing.co.uk