What is the MS Helpline?

The MS Society's National Helpline is there to help anyone affected by MS, whether you are newly diagnosed, have lived with the condition for many years, or are a carer, relation or friend.
The MS Helpline provides information and emotional support by telephone and email for anyone affected by MS, and it is often a good first point of contact. It is accredited by the Telephone Helplines Association and consists of paid staff and trained volunteers, who together deal with around 15,000 enquiries a year. You can telephone the freephone number below or click to email the Helpline staff.

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What does the MS Helpline do?

Emotional support
For people with MS and those close to them, MS can be distressing and difficult to deal with. The Helpline is there to provide support and a listening ear for anyone affected by MS. Sometimes it can be hard to talk to people close to you, but the helpline aims to provide a non-judgemental listening service by telephone and email.

The MS Helpline provides information to people with MS, their family, friends and carers, as well as professionals who want to find out accurate, evidence-based information regarding MS. All Helpline staff are fully trained in MS-related issues, including:

the process of diagnosis
coping strategies
health and social care
They have access to the Society’s wide range of free publications,** covering many topic areas. These can be sent out following your call.

More support
Where another organisation may be more appropriate to suit your needs, the MS Helpline may be able to refer you on. For example, for legal advice regarding disability discrimination issues, we signpost people on to the Disability Law Service as the helpline is unable to help with individual cases.

We also signpost callers on to other departments within the Society, for example, the MS information centre, research or grants departments. Alternatively, these departments can be contacted on 020 8438 0700.

If you would like to share your experiences of having MS or ask other people affected with MS questions, why not post a message on one of our discussion forums. **

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What does the Helpline not do?

The Helpline is not there to judge you or your actions. The Helpline cannot tell you what to do, but we can talk through your options with you.


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