Support Groups in London

Support groups and meetings for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) following the 12 Steps programme, drug aid, cancer support meetings, AIDS and more...

There are various support organisations and helplines in London and the rest of the UK. Below is information on:

Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous Great Britain provides information, meetings and a helpline. The website has details of meetings - day, time and location - taking place throughout the country.

Al-Anon meetings provide support to family, friends and anyone else who is affected by an alcoholic in their lives. Alateen meetings are for youth aged 12 to 17 who are affected by someone else's drinking.

  • To find an Al-Anon meeting in London: Click here
  • For information on Alateen meetings Tel: 020 7403 0888 (10:00-22:00)

The National Health Service (NHS) website has information on centres for alcohol addiction support.

  • To find the nearest alcohol addiction support centre: Click here

Drug Addiction

UK Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs are a major problem. There are over 250 weekly meetings in London, every day of the week. The website allows a search by day for local meetings.

  • Helpline Tel: 0300 999 1212
  • To find a local meeting in London: Click here

Talk to Frank is a website and helpline that helps people with drug addiction problems as well as friends, family and carers of drug users.

  • Tel: 0800 77 66 00
    Text: 82111

The NHS website has information on centres for drug addiction support.

  • To find the nearest drug addiction support centre: Click here

Cancer Support

There are numerous support groups, associations and organisations providing support for cancer sufferers and their families and friends.

Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK charity providing support and a helpline to answer questions. An interpretation service is available for non English-speakers.

  • Tel: 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday from 09:00-20:00

Breast Cancer Haven provides support, information and complementary therapies to anyone whose life is affected by breast cancer. They organise regular classes and support groups at their office in London.

Cancer Help, a leading charity in the UK, offers information about cancer, ongoing research, resources and a forum for questions related to cancer. They also have a helpline.

  • Tel: 0808 800 4040, Monday to Friday from 09:00-17:00
    For a list of organisations providing cancer support and information: Click here

The NHS website has information on centres for cancer support.

  • To find the nearest cancer support centre: Click here

Other cancer support organisations include:

Support for Children

ChildLine is a helpline for children and young people who want to talk about any type of problem.

  • Tel: 0800 1111

The NSPCC has a helpline for anyone concerned about the safety or welfare of a child.

  • Tel: 0808 800 5000

Victim Support

The UK National Domestic Violence helpline is for women experiencing domestic violence. Their helpline is open 24/7.

  • Tel: 0808 2000 247

Women's Aid is a charity working to end domestic violence. They support a network of services across the UK for women and children who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Victim Support London is a charity that helps people affected by crimes of any kind.

  • Tel: 0845 30 30 900 or 020 7448 9898

HIV Support

The National AIDS Helpline provides a 24 hour service in a number of languages. They can give advice, information and referrals to other organisations or support groups.

  • Tel: 0800 567 123 (24 hour service)
  • For a UK AIDS and HIV directory: Click here
  • For a list of HIV and AIDS organisations in London: Click here

National AIDS Trust is a UK charity campaigning for change in society's response to HIV. They provide advice and practical resources.

South London HIV Partnership provides a confidential help service for people with HIV.

  • Tel: 020 7160 0949

Naz Project London provides support services for Black and Minority Ethnic communities living with HIV/AIDS in London.

  • At: 30 Blacks Road, London, W6 9DT
    Tel: 020 8741 1879

Mental Health Support

The Samaritans provides a 24 hour helpline for people who are depressed or suicidal.

Rethink organises support groups and provides advice for people suffering from mental illnesses and people who care for those suffering from mental illnesses.

  • Tel: 020 7840 3188 or 0845 456 0455 Monday to Friday from 10:00-14:00 

Mind provides networks and services for people affected by mental health problems. It provides supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

Mental Health Care operates in South London and Maudsley in association with Rethink, a mental health charity. It helps people with psychosis and their families.

  • Mental Health Care also provides links to other useful websites and groups providing mental health support: Click here

The Mental Health Foundation works in communities to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems.

Sexual Health

The Sexual Health Line is a telephone service which provides free advice on HIV, AIDS, sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, as well as clinics and support services.

  • Tel: 0800 567 123

The Family Planning Association (FPA) also provides information and advice on sexual health, contraception, pregnancy and abortion.

  • Tel: 0845 122 8690
  • To find a local FPA clinic: Click here

Marie Stopes International has sexual health clinics across the UK and provides sexual and reproductive healthcare services - including information on contraception and sexual infections - for men and women.

  • Tel: 0845 300 8090 (lines open 24/7)

Stop Smoking Support

The NHS has a Smokefree helpline and website with information and advice on stopping smoking. Local NHS stop smoking services are available across the country.

  • Tel: 0800 022 4332 Monday to Friday from 09:00-20:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:00-17:00

Or to speak to someone from the NHS about stopping smoking, call 0800 022 4332 from 09:00-20:00 Monday to Friday and from 11:00-17:00 Saturday and Sunday.

Pharmacists can also provide help and advice about stopping smoking.

Immigration Support

The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) is a charity providing help and information on immigration and asylum law. It offers free services.

  • Tel: 0844 974 4000 (from inside the UK) or +44 20 7199 7790 (from outside the UK)

Newcomers' Groups

There are a number of groups for foreigners living in London and for newcomers to the area.