As the year draws to a close, many people feel like they are unable to cope or have severe difficulties at the dawn of a new year. Below is a list of helpline numbers in the UK and in Japan.
UK helpline numbers
Please note, some of these helpline numbers are for Lancashire only. For more local helplines, please google your county along with what service you need.
|Children’s social care||0300 123 6720|
|Health Visitors||0300 247 0040|
|National Domestic Violence healpline||0808 2000 247|
|Women’s centre||01254 871771|
|Job Centre||0800 169 0310|
|NSPCC (adults concerned about a child)||0808 800 5000|
Our food bank
Accington and Rossendale
Churches Together food bank (St. mary’s)
01245 232 328
|Mindmatters||01254 226 037|
|Calm (suicide hotline for men)||0800 585 858|
|Papyrus (under 35’s suicide prevention)||0800 064 4141|
|Lancashire Wellbeing Directory||0300 123 6701|
If you are at all concerned with the well-being of a friend or family member, please ring 999 and ask for a “welfare check” to be performed. I have spent New Year’s Eve with a friend at A&E for physiological help and they are still here!
Japanese helpline numbers
|Tell Japan (Suicide and general help)||03-5774-0992||English and Japanese|
|Foreign Residents’ Advisory Center||03-5320-7744||English/ multilingual|
|Health and Medical Information Center||03-5285-8181||English/ multilingual|
|Emergency Translation Services||0570-099283||English/ multilingual|
|Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners||03-5339-8625||English or Chinese|
|Legal Counseling Center for Foreigners||0570-055-289||English, Chinese , or Spanish|
If any of these numbers are useful for you, please do use them. I hope that they will not be needed but better safe than sorry.
Thank you for reading and happy (and safe) exploring.