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Emotional Health Problems:

National Self-harm Network
Hearing Voices Network
Battle Against Tranquillisers
Benzodiazepine Addiction
Benzodiazepines Co-operation Not Confrontation
Seroxat User Group
Alcoholics Anonymous
The Association for Post Natal Illness
Anxiety Care
Mental Health Ireland
OCD Ireland
OCD Action
OCD Symptoms
Depression Alliance
thinking AHEAD
SHIFT same world, different view
UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group
National Institute for Mental Health in England
Counselling Directory
Exploring U Counselling

Dementia & conditions linked to dementia

Alzheimer's Society
Parkinson's Disease Society
CANDID (dementia research)
Kingshill Research Centre (memory loss)
Diabetes UK
Pick’s Disease Support Group
Terrence Higgins Trust (Aids-related cognitive impairment)
CJD Support Network
The Huntington’s Disease Association
Alcohol Concern (Korsakoff's syndrome)
The Niemann-Pick Disease Group
National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Death, dying & palliative care

Help the Hospices
Miss You
NHS End of Life Care programme
(GSF) The Gold Standards Framework
(LCP) Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute
(PPC) The Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Network
Natural Death Centre
Hospice Information Service
Macmillian Cancer Support
National Council for Palliative Care


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
National Association of Widows

Older Age

Age Concern England
CSV volunteering
Carers UK
Age Positive


The National Listening Library
RNIB Talking Books Service
Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
The Disability Rights Commission
The Disability Law Service
Carers UK


Workplace Bullying
The Disability Rights Commission
Equal Opportunities Commission
Age Positive
Commission for racial equality
The Commission for Equality and Human Rights
The Disability Law Service
Age Concern
The Department of Constitutional Affairs

Advocacy / Self-advocacy / Citizens-advocacy

UK Advocacy Network (UKAN)
The Disability Rights Commission
Advocacy Resource Exchange
People first

Health and Fitness:

The British Wheel of Yoga
Sport England
The Institute for Optimum Nutrition
The Food and Mood Project
The Keep Fit Association

Part-time: Education / Work / Volunteering

National Learning and Skills Council
The Open University
The British Library
The National Listening Library
New Ways to Work
Just Part Time
Working Families
Information on part-time courses in the UK
Do-it, volunteer
Community service volunteers (CSV)
Reach volunteers (prof.expertise)

Young Students / Mature Students

National Union of Students
Youth2Youth (run by young people)
The British Psychological Society
Human Genome Project Info
Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
The British Library

Children / Young People / Families

Gingerbread (advice for lone parents)
National Family Mediation
The Hyperactive Children's Support Group (HACSG)
Youth2Youth (run by young people)
The Association for Post Natal Illness
Eating Disorders Association (EDA)
Working Families

European Organisation of Family Health Research


The British Chamber of Commerce


London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
National Debtline

The webs funniest sites
Museum of Depressionist Arts
BBC Comedy - Broken News
Dull Men's Club
Pip's Web Site

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