Struggling with mental health ourselves or supporting loved ones who are living through challenging times doesn't have to be a lonely place.
See below for a list of resources and communities that are on stand by to hear you and help you without judgement.
ACCEPTANCE LOVE COMPASSION
Our life circumstances and mental health change day in and day out and in a society where so much emphasis is placed on material wealth and success seems to measured by our capacity to be resilient to life's challenges it's all to easy to become isolated when things are less than perfect.
The truth is no-one's life is perfect. Behind each blissed out social media account and every set of eyes lies a history of loss and trauma. Our journeys are unique and our troubles relative and finding a space to explore emotions in a safe and constructive way is such a valuable way of shifting gears in challenging times.
We embrace a world where asking for help and advice is 110% fine and we have put together some resources that may be useful for people in our community who would like some love and support:
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ACCESSING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THROUGH THE NHS
Mental health services are free on the NHS, but in some cases you'll need a referral from your GP to access them.
There are some mental health services that allow people to refer themselves.
If your mental health difficulty is related to stress at work, you can ask your employer what occupational health services are available to you.
Check out the Time to Change website, which has a section dedicated to employers.
If you're at school or college, mental health care may be arranged for you.
Some mental health problems can be managed without the help of a GP. There are a variety of materials available and local organisations offering help.
You can also try the mood assessment quiz, which is designed to recommend resources to help you better understand how you feel.
For local support and information services near you, you can search:
ACCESSING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THROUGH UK MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY MIND
When you're living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital. We selected some of Mind's services here and to explore their full offering visit
Find information on taking care of your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. Includes advice for key workers, coping with anxiety about masks, and accessing mental health treatment and support.
Mind offers two confidential mental health information services, the Mind Infoline and the Legal Line.
If you've just been diagnosed with a mental health problem you might be looking for information on your diagnosis, treatment options and where to go for support. These information pages will help you learn more.
If you're a young person, this information is for you. It can help you understand your feelings and find support if you need it.
It can be really worrying when someone you know is going through a difficult time. This information covers a wide range of mental health conditions, and contains helpful tips on supporting someone.
Anyone experiencing a mental health problem should get both support and respect. However, we know that for many people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities this is still not the case. Find out more about our work adressing this.
Mums Matter is a perinatal mental health service. It aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of new mothers by empowering them with knowledge and understanding of perinatal mental health and by expanding their social networks. Mums Matter was designed and developed with mums who have lived experience of perinatal mental health issues.
Side by Side is a supportive online community where you can feel at home talking about your mental health and connect with others who understand what you are going through.
Living with a mental health problem can often have an impact on day to day life, making things that others might not think about a bit more difficult. Mind have put together these tips and guides to help you cope with everyday things like money, work, university and more.
These network of independent local Minds are run by local people, for local people. They provide support like counselling, advocacy, housing and more. Contact yours to see how they can help you.
ACCESSING SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH CENTRPOINT
If you're rough sleeping, sofa surfing or don't feel safe in your home, The Centrepoint Helpline is there to support you. They can support you and give you help with housing if you're at risk of being homeless. You can also get in touch if you're worried about a young person. Call free on 0808 800 0661 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).
We've listed some of the types of support Centrepoint offer young homeless people below. Visit for more information.
Long-term talking therapy to help young people cope emotionally with the difficulties in their lives.
Advice and support to help young people manage and reduce their substance use.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVICE
Crisis support and advocacy for young people experiencing mental health problems.
Support and advocacy for young people experiencing unsafe, unhealthy or abusive relationships.
ACCESSING SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH REFUGEE COUNCIL UK
Refugee Council provide specialist mental health support to help refugees to rebuild their lives using the resilience, strength and skills acquired on their journeys. Their experienced and highly qualified therapists apply a range of evidenced-based and best practice approaches including:
- giving individuals intensive support to heal in a safe, private space
- health and wellbeing workshops to help refugees to better understand their own situations promote long-term recovery and support each other
- where refugees have opportunities to come together, explore their own experience and share them with their peers
INTENSIVE CASEWORK & CRISIS INTERVENTION
- when people are at greatest risk of harm
As well as adult refugees and asylum seekers, Refuge Council work with families and unaccompanied children who arrive in the UK alone.
ACCESSING SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH FAMILY ACTION
Family Action works to tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today – including financial hardship, mental health problems, social isolation, learning disabilities, domestic abuse, or substance misuse and alcohol problems.
Family Action provides a wide range of support including specialist mental health and wellbeing services for adults. They work not only with the individual directly affected but also with their children and whole families. They are non-judgemental and focus on building on individual and family strengths in order to support the family towards recovery.
Family Action also recognise that supporting an individual’s sense of emotional wellbeing can prevent an escalation to more serious mental health issues and offer a range of services that take this early intervention approach.
They provide practical and emotional support to help people challenged by mental health issues to retain their independence, choice and community involvement as well as services that support general wellbeing in order to prevent escalation to more severe mental health issues.
We are here to provide a listening ear, answer particular parenting questions or help with guidance around more complex family issues. We can also provide longer-term support through regular sessions with our Befrienders and Counsellors. All support takes place via telephone, text message, web chat or email and is free.
0808 802 6666
Text: 07537 404 282
Mon-Fri, 9am to 9pm
ACCESSING SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH MINDHEALTH360
MindHealth360's mission is to revolutionise the way mental health is approached in the mainstream by providing a free, comprehensive, online source of information on mental health from an integrative/functional medicine perspective.
Their aim is to empower patients, their friends, families and health practitioners, with the awareness, knowledge and resources to heal.
MindHealth360 believe that integrative and functional medicine provides the most sustainable solutions to common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor memory and attention, etc.
This is because they know that for long term healing to take place, all the factors which impact our mental health must be taken into account, and are inseparable: lifestyle factors, psycho-spiritual factors, and biochemical factors all overlap and impact each other to contribute to our particular mental health issues.
MindHealth360 provide an overview of mental health symptoms; factors which may be contributing to these symptoms; and possible solutions
They then organise all the material on the website — articles, podcasts, videos, interviews, etc… according to symptoms, contributors and solutions, to give you an overview of what might be contributing to your mental health symptoms, and what may help you heal.
A not for profit following an integrative/functional medicine practice and looking at mental health from a 360° perspective. Signposting visitors to accessible information they try to choose the most reliable sources from different perspectives as there is not always one answer with the aim to improve the way mental health is treated by conventional medicine in the West.
ACCESSING SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH MOTHER AND BABY
MOTHER AND BABY
Provides support and advice for any parent experiencing perinatal mental illness. Call 0808 1961 776, 9am-8pm Mon - Sun or see pandasfoundation.org.uk APP (Action on Postpartum Psychosis) Offers a peer support network online, including one-to-one support, at app-network.org.
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