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Useful links: health conditions

Support and information organisations for some health conditions and disabilities are listed below.

This is not a complete list. If you can't find the health condition or disability you want, have a look at the health information website, Patient UK (link opens in a new window) which has an extensive directory of websites on health issues and conditions.

You can read through this information sheet, or go directly to the sections you want to read by clicking on these links:

Addiction (Drug, Alcohol, Gambling etc)

Adfam (link opens in a new window)

Supports families affected by drug and alcohol problems.

Alcoholics Anonymous (link opens in a new window)

Offers fellowship and support to people who are alcoholics.

Gamblers Anonymous (link opens in a new window)

Offers fellowship and help to compulsive gamblers.

Gamcare (link opens in a new window)

Support, information and advice to anyone affected by a gambling problem.

Turning Point (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with drug and alcohol problems.

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Autism

Ambitious about Autism (link opens in a new window)

National charity for children and young people with autism which provides services, raises awareness and understanding, and campaigns for change.

National Autistic Society (link opens in a new window)

National charity that supports people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome and their families.

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Blood disorders

Diabetes UK (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with diabetes and their families.

Haemophilia Society (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by bleeding disorders, such as haemophilia.

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Bone

National Osteoporosis Society (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with osteoporosis.

Brain and spine

The main support organisations for brain and spinal conditions are listed below. If you can't find the one you are looking for, see the Neurosupport Centre website (link opens in a new window) which has a list of neurological conditions and support organisations related to each one.

Alzheimer's Society (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

Aspire (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with spinal injuries.

Ataxia (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with ataxia and their families.

Brain and Spine Foundation (link opens in a new window)

The Brain and Spine Foundation helps the people affected by brain and spine conditions in the UK.

Headway (link opens in a new window)

Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.

The Motor Neurone Association (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by motor neurone disease.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by multiple sclerosis.

The Muscular Dystrophy Society (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by muscular dystrophies and related conditions.

Parkinson's UK (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Scope (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with cerebral palsy and their families.

Shine (Spina bifida Hydrocephalus Information Networking Equality) (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with spina bifida or hydrocephalus and their families.

The Stroke Association (link opens in a new window)

Supports people who have had a stroke and their families.

Tuberous Sclerosis Association (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by tuberous sclerosis.

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Cancer

ClicSargent (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by childhood cancer.

Leukaemia Care (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and allied blood disorders.

Macmillan Cancer Support (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by cancer.

Tenovus (link opens in a new window)

Charity committed to the control of cancer through quality research, prevention/education, counselling and care.

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Continence

Bladder and Bowel Foundation (link opens in a new window)

Information and support on continence issues.

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Deafblind people

Sense for deafblind people (link opens in a new window)

Charity that provides advice, information and specialist services to deafblind people.

Endocrine diseases

Addison's Disease Self-Help Group (link opens in a new window)

Support group for people who are affected by Addison's disease.

Hearing

Action on Hearing Loss (link opens in a new window)

Supports people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

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Heart and lung

British Heart Foundation (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with heart conditions and their families.

British Lung Foundation (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with lung disease and their families.

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Immune system

Lupus UK (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with lupus.

Myasthenia Gravis Association (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with myasthenia gravis.

International Scleroderma Network (link opens in a new window)

International not for profit organisation that raises awareness of and supports people with scleroderma. It has a UK Forum on Scleroderma (link opens in a new window)

Kidney

UK National Kidney Federation (link opens in a new window)

Supports people affected by kidney disease.

Learning disabilities

Mencap (link opens in a new window) Supports people who have learning disabilities and their families.

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Mental health

Alzheimer's Society (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with all types of dementia, their families and friends.

Anxiety UK (link opens in a new window)

Supports people who have anxiety.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) (link opens in a new window)

Charity that aims to prevent male suicide in the UK. Has a helpline and useful online resources.

Dementia UK (link opens in a new window)

Supports people who are caring for someone who has dementia.

Depression Alliance (link opens in a new window)

Supports people living with depression.

Hafal (link opens in a new window)

Welsh mental health organisation supporting people with severe mental illness and their families.

MDF (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with manic depression (bipolar disorder).

Mental Health Foundation (link opens in a new window)

Provides information and supports people with mental health problems

Mind (link opens in a new window)

Supports people living with mental health problems.

Rethink Mental Illness (link opens in a new window)

Supports people living with severe mental illness including schizophrenia.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (link opens in a new window)

Publishes many accessible leaflets for the general public and health and social care professionals on all aspects of mental health.

Samaritans (link opens in a new window)

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Scottish Association for Mental Health (link opens in a new window)

Supports people in Scotland with mental health problems and their families.

Time to Change (link opens in a new window)

Programme in England, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, to reduce mental health stigma.

Turning Point (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with severe learning disabilities and mental health problems.

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Rheumatic conditions and inflammation

There are many rheumatic conditions. If you are looking for a specific condition other than the names in these two organisations, Arthritis Care might have information or be able to help.

Arthritis Care (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with arthritis and their families.

Meningitis Now (link opens in a new window)

Supports people whose lives are affected by meningitis.

National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease ((link opens in a new window)

Supports people with colitis or Crohn’s disease.

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Speech disorders

British Stammering Association (link opens in a new window)

Supports people who have stammering problems.

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Visual impairment

Action for Blind People (link opens in a new window)

Supports people who have visual impairments.

Macular Society (link opens in a new window)

Support people who have macular conditions affecting central vision loss.

National Blind Children's Society (link opens in a new window)

Aims to enable children and young people with visual impairments to achieve their education and recreational goals.

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The Royal National Institute for Blind People (link opens in a new window)

Supports people with visual impairments.

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Last updated: 30 September 2014

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