ME Association

The ME Association is the UK’s longest-established support and research charity for people with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, their families and carers. The illness affects about 250,000 children and adults in the UK.

The Association provides information and support through a quarterly magazine, website, numerous leaflets and our own clinical guidance booklet which was fully updated in May 2013. We also run ME Connect, the UK’s premier helpline for people with ME/CFS.

We support health and social care professionals by delivering high quality education, resources and training. We influence politicians and policy-makers, and campaign to make the UK a better place for people with ME/CFS.

Through our Ramsay Research Fund, we also fund innovative, biomedical research in the areas of cause and treatment and recently helped launch both the UK ME/CFS Biobank at the Royal Free Hospital/University College London and – with the aim of bringing in more researchers – the UK’s first ever ME/CFS Research Collaborative.

If you have any concerns about ME/CFS, visit or call the ME Connect Helpline on 0844 576 5326 any day of the week between these times: 10am-12noon, 2-4pm and 7-9pm. You can also access expert medical, paediatric and dental opinion by emailing

Useful links:

Symptoms and diagnosis
Local group information
Specialist NHS services

Charity No: 801279