Here are some helpful suggestions if you are looking for mental health support.. They are there for you when you are struggling with mental health issues or care about someone who is ill. Let’s just establish loud and clear that mental health issues are just like any other health issue in that they are not the sufferer’s fault. They are either a response to external events or a change in all the chemical malarkey in the brain or quite possibly a mix of the two.
Mental health support
MIND – I remember as a child mum used to tell me some of our neighbours struggled with mental health issues and a few were hospitalized. Interestingly, she never spoke so openly when she was having troubles of her own with an abject fear of going out. I also remember her taking me to a MIND café probably because I think there was a charity shop attached. Anyway, I digress and MIND has gone from strength to strength with a handy A-Z of mental health issues, information and local support.
Mental health support for children and young people
YOUNG MINDS – I first heard of Young Minds when my daughter was struggling in school due to bullies amongst the pupils but also the Head Teacher. I was looking into home education, joined some forums and someone pointed me to the Young Minds charity. Vitally they have a Parents Helpline because there is no worse feeling in the world than worrying your child is going to harm themselves or someone help is already hurting them. They have national and more localised projects including ones on self-harm and solid support in working with schools to build pupil resilience.
HEADS TOGETHER – At first I was cynical when I heard about Head Together thinking it was just a clever PR stunt for the Royal Family. It seemed to take a while to get off the ground properly. However, it would take a very hard heart not to be impressed by Prince Harry talking about his own mental health struggles following the loss of his mother. It really is #OKtosay that all is not well as their conversation films demonstrate so well.
Mental health support by text
SANE provides support in a number of ways but I am particularly impressed that they have a forum and also a text care scheme so you can get back up to your phone just when you need it.
For those who care
CARERS UK is the one-stop shop for any carer looking for information, advice or products that might help their situation.
Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders yet often don’t feel that way when we are struggling with them and feel so alone. More than 300 million people suffer from depression and 260 million are living with anxiety.
Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health.
Where do you go when you are looking for mental health support?