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Mental Health Helplines: Reaching Out

Mental Health Helplines: Reaching Out

It’s okay not to be okay – here’s how to reach out for support & advice

A series of lockdowns and continued times of uncertainty have undoubtedly taken their toll on our mental health and wellbeing.

Whether you’re suffering from feelings of isolation, negatively spiralling moods or anything in between – it’s key to remember that it is okay to not be okay, and more importantly that there are several organisations out there ready to talk things through.

You may need practical advice, or quite simply a reassuring voice on the other end of the telephone. The helplines and services detailed below are designed to help you through tough times, and prepare for the light at the end of the tunnel; even if you’re struggling to see it right now.

1

Samaritans

With lines open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Samaritans are ready to listen. No judgement, no pressure – and are there for anyone.

116 123

2

MIND

The below Infoline from MIND provides an information and signposting service between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. They can point you in the right direction for local mental health support, or lend an ear to more general questions and current struggles.

0300 123 3393

3

Stem 4

Stem 4 do not operate a counselling service, but provide lots of helpful information regarding teenage mental health, including self-harm, anxiety and addiction problems. They also list several services and mental health helplines here.

4

CALM

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a leading movement against suicide. They operate a helpline between 5pm-12am as well as a webchat option, plus lots of engaging feature articles on mental health.

0800585858

5

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness’ Advice & Information Service are on hand to offer general advice on living with mental illness, as well as practical information and guidance on carers rights, welfare benefits and The Mental Health Act.

0808 801 0525

Be aware of some of the common signs of depression in yourself and others. Everyone is different, but MIND says that these feelings and emotions can be signs:

  • Feeling down, upset or tearful
  • Being restless, agitated or irritable
  • Guilty, worthless and down on yourself
  • Empty and numb
  • Isolated and unable to relate to other people
  • Finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy
  • A sense of unreality
  • No self-confidence or self-esteem
  • Hopeless and despairing
  • Suicidal

How you might behave:

  • Avoiding activities you usually enjoy
  • Self-harming or suicidal behaviour
  • Difficulty speaking, thinking clearly or making decisions
  • Losing interest in sex
  • Difficulty remembering or concentrating on things
  • Using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual
  • Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • No appetite and losing weight, or eating too much and gaining weight
  • Physical aches and pains with no obvious physical cause
  • Moving very slowly, or being restless and agitated

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