Local Support & Helplines

Local Autism Support Services

Please see a list of autism support services available in local areas for participants taking part in the study at different NHS sites across the UK.


The Monday Club.

A social group for adults aged 18-65 who have Autism spectrum disorder or Asperger Syndrome. Members meet on Monday evening from 7pm to 9pm at the Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living, Andrewes St, Leicester LE3 5PA.

💻 visit their website: http://themondayclub.co.uk/.

Leicestershire Autistic Society.

The Leicestershire Autistic Society (formed over20 years ago) provides support, information and advice to families and professionals dealing with Autism in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

💻 visit their website: https://www.leicestershireautisticsociety.org.uk/

Teeside, Esk, and Wear Valleys

North East Autism Society.

Provides services including education for children aged 3-19, post-16 education and social/vocational training along with supported and open employment opportunities for adults. Within their care services, they provide year-round residential placements and supported living services. They also work directly with parents and carers, offering family support which includes short breaks, support in the home, evening and weekend activities.  You can:

📱 call on 0191 4109974 or

📧 email: info@ne-as.org.uk

Daisy Chain.

Daisy Chain provides a range of support services to autistic children, young people and adults, either with a diagnosis or who are undergoing the diagnostic process, their parents/carers and their siblings. You can:

📱 call on 01642 531248,

📧 email: info@daisychainproject.co.uk, or

💻  visit their website: info@daisychainproject.co.uk.

Autism Matters.

An established “not for profit” charitable incorporated organisation(CIO), based in the North East of England, offering a range of support and services for Autistic adults designed by Autistic adults. You can:

📱 call on 01642 601262, or

📧 email: info@autism-matters.co.uk.

Main – Autism Support Charity .

MAIN helps local people living with a range of disabilities by giving them the skills they need to live an independent life, while having fun and making friends. You can:

📱call on 0191 3008556 or

📧 email: info@iammain.org.uk

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

Triple A Project.

Based in Penrith, the Triple A Project has designed a pathway of support for autistic adults which focuses on social support and health and wellbeing. You can:

📱call on: 01768 867629, or

💻  visit their website: https://tripleaproject.org.uk/. 

Autism Support Allerdale and Copeland.

Provides support and information on autism for everyone. You can:

💻  visit their website: Home Page (asaac.uk)

Autism Support Cumbria.

Provides personalised services for adults, children, families and businesses with support related to autism. You can:

💻  visit their website: Autism Support Cumbria (amandadenwood.wixsite.com)

Coventry and Warwick

Autism West Midlands.

Provides an information helpline and information sheets containing practical advice and strategies. You can:

💻  visit their website: http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/.

Cardiff & Vale

Autism Wales.

The national autism site for Wales helps to improve the lives of autistic people and their families in Wales. You can:

💻  visit their website: https://autismwales.org/en/ 


Local Mental Health Helplines

Avon & Wiltshire

AWP 24/7 Crisis line.

Mental Health 24/7 Response Line dedicated to patients, families and carers who may be worried about their own or someone else’s mental health. You can:

📱call on: 0800 953 1919 or

💻  visit their website: awp.nhs.uk/advice-support/24-hour-support

Bristol Mental Health crisis line.

This line is open 24 hours a day, every day. You can:

📱call on: 0300 555 0334.


Leicestershire Autistic Sociate (LAS).

Provides support, information and advice to families and professionals dealing with Autism in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. You can:

📱call on: 0116 2916958 or

📧 email: leicestershireautisticsociety@gmail.com.

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

CNTW Mental Health Crisis Team.

A telephone helpline for individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. You can:

📱call on: 0300 123 9015 (24 hours).

Mind, Cumbria.

A mental health charity. You can:

📱call on: 0300 561 0000.

The Lighthouse.

A service offered by Carlisle Eden Mind is a crisis support centre, based in Carlisle. You can:

📱call on: 0300 561 0000.

Cumbria County Council.

You can:

📱call the health and wellbeing team on: 0300 303 3249.

First Step.

A talking therapy for mild-moderate depression, anxiety and anger for individuals over 18 years of age. You can:

📱call on: 0300 123 9122.

Teeside, Esk, and Wear Valleys

Mood Swings

Mental heath charity for anyone affected by mood disorder (including friends, families, and carers). You can:

📱call on: 0161 832 37 36,

📧 email: info@moodswings.org.uk, or

💻  visit their website: moodswings.org.uk (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm).

Coventry and Warwick

Coventry and Warwickshire Central Booking Service.

A telephone helpline for individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. You can:

📱call on: 0300 200 0011 (24 hours).

Cardiff & Vale

Primary Mental Health Support Services (PMHSS).

A service delivering a number of intervetnions including Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI), ACT-ion for living psycho-education groups based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and a Stress Control psychoeducation group. These have all had positive outcomes in assisting with well-being in the general population. You can:

📱call on:  02920906235

Cardiff and Vale Recovery & Wellbeing College.

Provides free courses on a range of mental health and wellbeing topics – available to people who are currently using or have used mental health services, their carers, all Health Board staff, or individuals working in mental health in the Local Authority and Charitable Sector. You can:

💻  visit their website: https://cavuhb.nhs.wales/recovery-college/.

Cardiff in Mind.

A mental health charity for anyone with a mental health problem. You can:

📱call on: 02920 450050

Mind in the Vale.

An independent mental health charity who affiliate to Mind National. You can:

📱call on: 01446 730392


ACE Cardiff works with children and adults to improve their quality of like through an appreciation of learning. You can:

📱call on: 02920 003132

4 Winds

An independent, user led mental health charity working to improve mental health and wellbeing in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan. You can:

📱call on: 02920 388144

Carers Trust South East Wales.

A service designed to improve and increase access to information and support for carers. You can:

📱call on: 02921921024

Alzheimer’s Society.

You can:

📱call on: 02920434960

Riverside Benefit and Debt Advice .

You can:

📱call on: 02920 341577

Diverse Cymru BAME mental health support .

Offers support, services and advice to Black and Minoritised Ethnic people throughout Wales who are affected by mental ill health. You can:

📱call on: 02920 368888

Hafal vocational opportunities.

Hafal Cardiff helps people with serious mental illness and their families to work towards recovery. You can:

📱call on: 02920565959

Barnardos Headroom.

The Barnardo’s FEP Service supports children and young people experiencing psychosis for the first time or those at risk of developing psychosis.  You can:

📱call on: 02920 577074

CAVAMH SU Representation .

You can:

📱call on: 02920 222000

Platfform Crisis House .

You can:

📧 email: connect@platfform.org