Mental Health support and advice

Mental health problems can affect anyone from any background at any point in their life. Mental health fluctuates – we can have periods in our life when our mental health is good, and periods when we struggle. Make a commitment on World Mental Health Day – and every day – to look after your own mental health and wellbeing, and support better mental health for those around you. Taking the time to talk and listen to each other helps improve mental wellness.

“Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week…The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. It appears that how people cope with mental health problems is getting worse as the number of people who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts is increasing…Reports from both England and Wales suggest that approximately 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem are currently receiving treatment. Medication is reported as the most common type of treatment for a mental health problem.”

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/#.XW966ChKjIU

Take the “NHS Every mind Matters”- Answer the 5 questions in this interactive quiz to get top tips and advice for you https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz/?WT.tsrc=Search&WT.mc_id=MentalHealthGeneric&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwILs0_KO5QIViLPtCh3yyAf-EAAYASAAEgJ6fPD_BwE

Hub of Hope https://hubofhope.co.uk/ “The Hub of Hope is the world’s first of its kind mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place for the first time ever. Using the location of web browser or mobile devices, the cloud-based web application allows anyone, anywhere to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a ‘talk now’ button connecting users directly to the Samaritans. It is currently the biggest and most comprehensive resource of its kind, with more than 1,200 validated support networks already registered on the web app and this number increasing each day. It has been endorsed by the Samaritans and 25 other national mental health support organisations and trusts. It already has a proven record of providing support to thousands as a vital stopgap for those on the five to six month NHS waiting list for mental health referrals.”

MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/ (0300 123 3393) Mind is a mental health charity, whose aim is that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

The Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/ (116 123) The Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org

The Silver Line https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/ (0800 4 70 80 90) The Silver Line is a free confidential telephone helpline offering information, friendship and advice to older people in the United Kingdom, available 24 hours a day

Students Against Depression https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/ (01635 869754) Students against depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ 0808 800 5000 help@nspcc.org.uk
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