In recent years there has been a huge push to try and eliminate the stigma attached to those who suffer from mental health issues. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health issue in one form or another in their life time. I personally spent a lot of time in hospital as a teenager and have had to fight through a range of barriers to have it as manageable as I have it today. My only advice would be to anyone who feels they might be suffering from a mental health is to seek help, there are a range of services out there who are able to support you.
To anyone who is participating in support, a piece of advice that always helped me was being told it’s not always about being able to get over something completely, that’s not always possible, the head doesn’t have a ‘trash bin’ where we can put the memories and anxieties we don’t want, there needs to be a degree of acceptance that the aim might not be to get rid of it, the aim can just be to be able to manage it, so it impacts on your life as little as possible. That helped me a lot.
If you are looking for any support with mental health please check out the links below.
Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm)
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)
Charity offering support & carrying out research into mental illness.
Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
The Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
Information and support for people with dissociative identity disorders.
Phone: 0800 181 4420 (Tuesday 6pm-9pm or by appointment)
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm &
7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm) Website: www.papyrus-uk.org
Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline) 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline) Website: www.refuge.org.uk
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline) Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk Gamblers Anonymous
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily until midnight) Website: www.ukna.org
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Weekends, 10am-4pm)
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm)
Phone: 0845 30 30 900 (Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm. Weekends, 9am-7pm)
Phone: 0845 634 1414 (Mon-Thurs, 1.30pm-4.30pm)
Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (for information on their services)
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Action
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)
Panic and Anxiety
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 0800 138 8889 (daily, 10am-10pm)
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (daily, 7am-midnight)
Phone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services)
Counselling Directory provide individuals in need with all of the information they require to find a counsellor.