Alcoholics Anonymous

Some local AA groups are offering online meetings as well for anyone with an alcohol addiction. Find details of local groups here.

Their helpline is open from 10am – 10pm every day.

Call: 0800 917 7650

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AA 12 Steps App - A companion app for the AA 12 step programme, available on iOS and Android devices.

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Al-Anon are still offering support for families and friends of people with an alcohol addiction with telephone support and online meetings.

Call: 0800 0086 811 (10am – 10pm every day)

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Breaking Free Online is a structured recovery program accessible on PC/laptop or phone aimed at people who use drugs or alcohol. After you answer some initial questions and setting a recovery goal, it takes you through modules unique to your situation and has you apply coping tricks and tips to deal with high-risk situations, cravings, emotions etc. It’s a tools-based program.

Clients can also check their progress and, if you run a drugs or alcohol workshop, you can set ‘assignments’ based on the modules if you like. The access code is herts11.

There are taster sessions you can look at here. It also includes a companion app that’s aimed at preventing relapse.

Change Grow Live have an unlimited subscription that they’re sharing, so pass the access code on to anyone who is in recovery from drugs or alcohol.

CA are offering online meetings for anyone with a cocaine problem.

Their helpline is also open from 10am – 10pm every day.

Call: 0800 612 0225

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Change Grow Live has a page with a collection of advice and resources for clients under the age of 21 and their parents or carers.

DrugFAM are continuing to provide support to people affected by other people’s drug addiction, via virtual 1-1s. 

You can still contact them by phoning 0300 888 3853 or emailing [email protected]

Note: they aren’t offering group support at the moment.


0800 999 5428

[email protected]

Happify – Apps on Google Play

Happify has activities and games to help reduce stress and improve your mental health. You can choose a personalised happiness bar, track your progress over time, access guided meditation and bunch of other stuff.

Available on iOS and Android.

Meditation made simple! Headspace is an app that teaches you mindfulness and meditation wherever you go. Usually a subscription service, they’re offering 3x sessions for free to anyone as part of a collection called ‘Weathering the Storm’:

  • Relieving stress
  • Walking at home
  • Feeling overwhelmed

Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline

08 088 088 088

[email protected]

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Insight Timer is a great site for you to start practicing mindfulness and meditation to deal with stress, anxiety etc. There are over 3000 varying meditations on the app and lots of online communities for clients to connect with and the app rewards you with stars for consecutive days of meditation and tracks your progress.


Online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people. 

Mankind Initiative

01823 334 244

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Mind has a useful page about coronavirus and your wellbeing that covers practical advice for staying at home, how to structure your day, signposting for other support, dealing with anxiety and claustrophobia, and much more.

Mind in Herts

03303 208 100

Hertfordshire Mind - NightLight Crisis Service

01923 256 391 (Friday - Monday 7pm-1am)

NA are offering online meetings via Zoom for anyone with a drug addiction.

Helpline open from 10am – midnight every day.

Call: 0300 999 1212

National Stalking Helpline

0808 802 0300


0808 2000 247


0808 8010 327

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SAM App. Self-help exercises for understanding and managing anxiety.

Available on iOS and Android. 

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Samaritans have a 24/7 helpline for anyone who’s struggling and needs someone to speak with.

Call: 116 123
Email: [email protected]

Screen Addictions

Read a guide from comparethemarket titled 'Guide to screen addictions and responsible digital use'. It contains lots of useful information and links to further resources.

SMART recovery is a tools-based self-management programme for anyone with an addiction usually delivered in peer-led groups held in the community.

The programme is built around:

• Building and maintaining motivation
• Coping with urges
• Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviours
• Living a balanced life

Face-to-face groups have been suspended for now. However, they are running multiple online meetings throughout the week and there is also a family and friends meeting.

Sober Grid Ground Rules

Connection during this crisis! Sober grid is a free social networking app that allows you to connect and chat anonymously with other people in recovery from around the world.

One cool feature: if someone is in need, they can select the “Burning Desire” button, which highlights their profile in red, showing others they are going through a hard time and need support.

Available on iOS and Android.

Single Point of Access (SPA)

0800 6444 101 open 24/7

Alternatively call NHS 111, selecting option 2 for mental health services.

Stay Alive on the App Store

Stay Alive App is an app for anyone at risk of suicide or anyone worried about someone.

Includes: wellness plan; build your own safety plan; national crisis contacts; local Hertfordshire wellbeing service details; reasons to stay alive Lifebox (can add photos to); strategies to stay safe from suicide; mythbusting; bereavement resources and more.

Available on iOS and Android.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation has great advice for looking after your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Male Survivor's Helpline

0808 800 5008

Women's Aid

0808 2000 247

[email protected]