Humanists UK have launched a helpline in support of people leaving high-control religious communities.
"People who leave high-control religious communities might face social isolation, profound loneliness, severed ties, and potential estrangement from family and community. The mental toll can lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Some apostates confront workplace discrimination or economic hardships as they are cut off from familial support. They might also grapple with stigma and ostracism, being labelled as ‘traitors’ by their former communities and family members, becoming cut off from everyone they’ve ever known.
Currently operating three days a week, this unique helpline is operated by a team of highly trained volunteers who understand the nuanced challenges faced by groups such as ex-Muslims, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-Evangelicals, and ex-Mormons, as well as the complex needs faced by people leaving high-control religious communities. They are equipped to listen to and understand the unique issues apostates face, providing a listening ear and signposting to other services where needed."
Calls are free from all mobiles and landlines and won’t appear on itemised bills.
Wednesday 10:00 – 13:00
Thursday 16:00 – 19:00
Friday 08:00 – 11:00
Freephone: 0800 448 0748
You will also be able to email firstname.lastname@example.org
for support, and emails will be replied to during our usual opening hours.