Neighbours - Helplines
Within Wednesday 15th January’s Neighbours episode, an additional scene was filmed, in which Sheila, Aaron and David discussed the ongoing bushfire crisis in Australia.
This was the first time in the soap’s history that a real-life event has been referred to.
To find out more about how you can help, visit the below sites:
- WWF: https://support.wwf.org.uk/australia-bushfires
- Australian Red Cross: http://redcross.org.au/bushfires
(NOTE: DONATIONS ARE IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS (AUD))
Chloe Brennan tests positive for the Huntington’s gene, a degenerative brain disorder, which has no cure. If you have been affected by any of the issues in Chloe’s story, below are some helpful links which can offer support and advice.
- Huntington’s Disease Associationimproves care and support services for people with Huntington’s disease, educates families and professionals and champions people’s rights
- Marie Curie– providing care for families living with a terminal illness. They’re available to contact for practical information and emotional support on their support line 0800 090 2309
- Rainbow Trust– supports families who have a child aged 0-18 with a life threatening or terminal illness
- NHS– offers advice and guidance on end of life care
Neighbours has a diverse cast, some of whom are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. If you have been affected by any of the issues seen in their storylines, below are some helpful links which can offer support and advice.
- Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline : A helpline giving support and referrals to LGBT+ people, including those who may be confused about their sexuality or gender. Their helpline is 0300 330 0630 (lines open 10am - 10pm everyday)
- LGBT Foundation offer information and support. Their helpline is 0345 3 30 3030 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am - 6pm) or you can email email@example.com
- LGBT Youth Scotland
- The National Trans 24HR helpline supports anyone who is Trans Intersex, Questioning and Non-Binary. They offer support 24 hours a day 365 days a year on 07527524034
- Mermaids offer support for young people and teenagers (19 or under) who might have gender identity issues. Their helpline is 0808 801 0400 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am – 8pm)
- The Beaumont Society is a self-help organisation for the cross-dressing and transsexual community. Their helpline is 07000 287 878
- Gendered Intelligence work with the trans community to increase understanding of gender diversity. They specialise in supporting young trans people aged 11-25. Their info line, which can direct you to advice services, is 0207 832 5848
- The Mix – is the UK’s leading support service for young people, here to talk to you help you take on any challenge you’re facing, and help you find the correct support and information.
Their helpline is 0808 808 4994 or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stop Hate UK offer support for anyone affected by a hate crime or discrimination. Their helpline is 0800 138 1625 (lines open 24 hours a day)
- Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FFLAG) offer support for parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons. Their email is email@example.com
Newcomer Levi arrives on Ramsay Street, and reveals that he has epilepsy. If you have been affected by any of the issues in Levi’s story, below are some helpful links which can offer support and advice.
- Epilepsy Societyhas a helpline 01494 601 400 and an email firstname.lastname@example.org that is confidential and available for anyone being affected by epilepsy – whether you have epilepsy yourself, are a friend or family member or are professionals affected by epilepsy
- Young Epilepsyis the only UK charity dedicated to creating better lives for children and young people with epilepsy and related conditions. Their helpline is 01342 831342 and their email is email@example.com
- Epilepsy Actionis the working name of the British Epilepsy Association, which aims to make life better for everyone affected by epilepsy. They do research, campaign and provide support services. Their helpline is 0808 800 5050.
- Scopeprovides information and support for all disabled people, and they have a free disability helpline and email: 0808 800 3333, and firstname.lastname@example.org
David and Aaron take the next step in their relationship and embark on their fostering journey together. 13 year old Emmett arrives in their home, and we follow the ups and downs of their new family unit. If you have been affected by any of the issues in David, Aaron and Emmett’s story, below are some helpful links which can offer support and advice.
- Fosterline offers impartial advice for those considering fostering and those that are foster carers. Their helpline is 0800 040 7675 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm), or you can email: email@example.com
- Barnardo's work alongside local authorities to provide a range of fostering and adoption services
- The Fostering Network useful information available about becoming a foster parent.
Harlow and Hendrix stumble across a stash of drugs at Erinsborough High, sparking a school-wide investigation into who has been dealing drugs. If you have been affected by any of the issues in this storyline, below are some helpful links which can offer support and advice.
- Talk to Frank is a useful site for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol today.
Helpline: 0300 123 6600 (lines open 24 hours)
- Narcotics Anonymous is a self-support group for people who have struggled or are struggling with drug issues. Their helpline is 0300 999 1212 (lines open 10am -12midnight)
If you are seeking help and advice for any other stories you have seen in Neighbours, please refer to Channel 5’s general helplines, which include links to organisations that can provide help, support and information for a variety of issues.