Do we know how to access mental health information?! We are in lockdown 2.0 and we are seeing the impact on mental health already!! Now how many of us know who to turn to in terms of professionals? Today I watched an IGTV where it highlighted the importance of mental health support now more than ever…
Watching Pat Wilson discuss this made me realise that we all need to have an active role in bettering mental health. It was a couple of weeks back I was discussing with my Aunt (well she’s my best friends aunt) how life is making me feel and she told me ‘the way this person is making you feel is temporary whereas if you weren’t here anymore that would be a hurt we feel daily. If you died tomorrow, we would still be sad in 5 years whereas this person/feeling won’t be relevant in 5 years’
Now notice how she was saying ‘we’ and while you were reading it, your loved ones popped up in your mind…these are the people who will bridge you through this time – ring them!
Sometime we cannot call those we know, I get it. Theres things I cannot tell my loved ones and things I’m ashamed of I wouldn’t speak to anyone about…this is where professionals come to offer a scaffolding approach. You are not weak for needing the support – I mean the strongest of houses were once supported by scaffolding….
Below there are a number of different amazing organisations which you can access to support you though this time.
Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Mind provides confidential mental health information services.
With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday)
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.
The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix’s support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.
Telephone: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything – no problem is too big or too small.
Side by Side is an online community where you can listen, share and be heard. Side by Side is run by Mind.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
If you’re based in England, you can use webpage to find and refer yourself to mental health services in your area.
Refuge developed this website in partnership with National Domestic Abuse Helpline workers and domestic abuse survivors. Refuge is continuing to develop more digital channels through which women fleeing domestic abuse can seek support.
Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.
useful information – Survivors handbook
Andy’s Man Club
An organisation working on mens mental health – We are talking groups for men because…You’ve either been through a storm, currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in your life.
Remember – life is worth living no matter how tough it seems. You got this!!!