Mental Health: Where to get support.
This week is Mental Health Awareness week, an estimated 970 million people worldwide live with a Mental Health disorder. Meaning it is as common as 1 in 4 Adults. If you’re noticing symptoms or starting to struggle with your Mental Health, it’s important to know that you’re not alone in how you feel, and support is always there if you need it. If you’re in need of support below are some places that can help support you:
Family and friends
Your family and friends are a great place to reach out for support when things are starting to feel difficult. A chat or spending time with your loved ones can boost your mood immediately, they might also know some tips on coping with your mental health to pass onto you. If you’re feeling like you’re alone and don’t have family and friends to support you, see the below services to find out where you can seek support or immediate help.
Contact your Local GP to see what services in your area can help support you. They’ll be able to help you figure out what diagnosis you’re dealing with and point you in the direction of support close to you.
To find out how to get support from the NHS click here: www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/
Mind are a charity that helps support people with mental health problems. They empower people to understand their mental health and help them through the support available. As well as Telephone help lines they also have over 130 Local branches that offer support to those that need it the most.
For more support from Mind, Click here: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/
Shout are the UK’s first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone struggling to cope. They help people who need in-the-moment support. Simply text shout to 85258 and one of their volunteers will be there to help you.
To find out more information about shot and how they can help you, click here: https://giveusashout.org/about-us/about-shout/
CALM stand against suicide, 125 lives are lost every week to suicide, CALM are a support service that offers free advice on their website about issues that people are facing, also offering free confidential chats to their helpline staff, both online and over the phone. Their lines are open 5Pm – midnight, 365 days a year. You can call them on 0800 58 58 58 or their webchat is available on their website.
You can find out more information or seek support from CALM here: www.thecalmzone.net/get-support
Seeking urgent care
If you’re struggling and need urgent care for your mental health call 111, they will tell you the right place to get help and if you need to see someone.
If you’re life or someone you knows life is at risk then call 999 or go to A&E.
See the NHS page for further information on seeking urgent care for mental health: www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/